After three seasons, Starz pulls the plug on Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’

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Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News
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The salvation seems to have ended for “American Gods.”

Starz’s critically acclaimed adaptation of the Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book has been canceled just a week after its third season ended.

“American Gods will not return for a fourth season,” the premium cable company said in a statement Monday. “Everyone at STARZ is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country.”

The decision was made to not continue with a fourth season due to low viewership, which declined 65% from the series’ first season. After a shakeup among top producers and creators, the second season of “American Gods” struggled to build an audience with a new person at the helm. To give the show the full opportunity to try and gain and grow an audience, Starz made the decision to go ahead with the third season with another producer.

Major cast changes, budget cuts, a lengthy hiatus between seasons and the pandemic shutdown didn’t help matters for the mythological fantasy drama, which originally starred Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Orlando Jones, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Kahyun Kim, Omid Abtahi, Mousa Kraish and the sensational Pablo Schreiber.

Whittle, who portrayed protagonist Shadow Moon, took to social media and reflected on his turn on the series.

“This has been an amazing journey thus far and I am so grateful to my fellow cast and crew who have worked so hard on this award winning show,” the British heartthrob wrote in a Twitter post. “We have the best fans around the world and thank each of you for your passion and support, so know that Neil Gaiman, Fremantle myself and the cast are still committed to completing Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed story.”

But all the religion may not be lost for “American Gods.”

The network is in conversations on a potential event series or event movie that would conclude the storytelling of Gaiman’s most acclaimed book, which centers on the convergence of theological, mythical and psychological deities waging a war in modern times.

A hot property on Hollywood, the prolific British author is currently ramping up work on Netflix’s adaptation of his comic book series “The Sandman.”

Gaiman previously experienced success with Amazon’s adaptation of “Good Omens,” based on his 1990 collaborative novel written with Terry Pratchett.