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Starz has ordered a second season of its high-profile fantasy series American Gods, which premiered to solid numbers on the pay-cable network April 30. The series, produced by FremantleMedia North America, has already netted more than 5 million viewers across its multiple platforms.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s series, based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, posits a world where America has created its own set of cultural deities — gods manifested into reality based on decades of national obsession over things like technology and consumerism. At the same time, America has also welcomed centuries’ worth of old gods from all over the world, brought to the country by generations of immigrant believers, but as these worshippers have waned, so has the power of the old gods.
The series follows one such ancient figure — Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) — and his human bodyguard, Shadow (Ricky Whittle), as they traverse the country attempting to alert the old gods of the coming conflict with the new gods. The eight-episode first season will conclude on June 18.
American Gods also stars Yetide Badaki, Emily Browning, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber, and Crispin Glover; the first season also features Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, Orlando Jones, Demore Barnes, Chris Obi, Jonathan Tucker, Corbin Bernsen, Betty Gilpin, and a nightmare buffalo with fire eyes.
When The Shannara Chronicles returns for its second season, Wil Ohmsford’s journey will include an unexpected detour.
Moving forward, the fantasy series — whose first season aired on MTV from Jan. to March 2016 — will now air on Spike TV (which will be re-branded as Paramount Network in 2018), MTV announced Thursday.
“We’re honored to have worked with our extraordinary production partner, Sonar Entertainment, along with fantasy visionaries and executive producers Al Gough, Miles Millar, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman and Dan Farah along with executive producer and best-selling author of the book series, Terry Brooks,” MTV said in a statement. “We’re pleased that fans of the beloved franchise will be able to follow the characters and epic story they love on its new network.”
The Shannara Chronicles stars Austin Butler (The Carrie Diaries), Manu Bennett (Arrow), Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) and Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), among others. Currently filming in New Zealand, the show’s second season is expected to premiere sometime this fall.
For those of you keeping score at home, this leaves Teen Wolf and Scream as MTV’s only remaining scripted series, following the recent cancellation of Sweet/Vicious.
In its sixth season, the ABC fairy tale drama has been averaging a mere 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic. Even so, we had previously heard it was a near-lock to return.
The renewal comes on the heels of the news that Jennifer Morrison will not be returning as a series regular next season. Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, and Colin O’Donoghue, who were negotiating new deals, are all expected to return next year.
Earlier this year, ABC Chief Channing Dungey seemed to indicate there could be possible exits should the show be renewed, noting that OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis were looking at the potential seventh season as a springboard in a new direction, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back. It’s just: How do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you an opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?” Dungey said.
Morrison’s exit raises the question of what will actually happen to her character Emma in the Final Battle after being prophesied to die earlier this season. Emma got her happy ending (technically beginning) during Sunday’s musical, in which she wed Hook (O’Donoghue), but the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) unleashed a curse that was meant to separate the Savior from her loved ones for the Final Battle, which will take place in the two-part season finale.
OUAT‘s season finale, which will air Sunday, is slated to provide a sense of closure, while also launching a new chapter for season 7. That new chapter would include the introduction of characters played by The Walking Dead alum Andrew J. West and Jane the Virgin star Alison Fernandez, who will both appear in the season 6 finale, with the potential for more.
However, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have previously noted that season 7 will not go through a complete overhaul. “We’re not designing this in a way where you say goodbye to everyone and never see them again,” Horowitz said. “We’ve been telling a story for six years now for these characters and now we’re trying to complete that story, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other stories.”
Once Upon a Time‘s two-hour finale airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The official website for previously announced Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight Axis has revealed cast and additional staff for the upcoming series. All six episodes of the net anime will stream exclusively on the Gundam Fan Club app every two weeks beginning June 23. Each episode will run for three minutes, with the exception of the last episode running for eight minutes. The first episode will be delivered free of charge on the Gundam Fan Club app, Gundam Info, Yatate Bunko's official website, Bandai Channel, and YouTube.
Arlette Almage: Risa Shimizu (Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis)
Dunton Hyleg: Shuuhei Sakaguchi (Yakitate!! Japan)
Mehmet Merka: Daisuke Ono (Gugure! Kokkuri-san)
Quentin Fermo: Toshiki Masuda (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (TV))
Script, Character Design, Mechanical Design, Animation Director: Se Jun Kim (Gundam Build Fighters Key Animation)
Original Mechanical Design: Kunio Ookawara (Mobile Suit Gundam)
Color Design: Nagisa Abe (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin)
Director of Photography: Atsushi Iwasaki (Macross Δ)
Editing: Kazuhiro Nii (Aikatsu Stars!)
Sound Director: Sadayoshi Fujino (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam)
Japanese online retailer 7net is listing the 34th compiled book volume of Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter × Hunter manga as shipping on June 26.
The manga went on indefinite hiatus in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine last June. The magazine said at that time that it would announce a resumption date for the manga when it has been decided.
The manga had resumed in April 2016 after a two-year hiatus since 2014's combined 37th/38th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2014. What was initially a two-week hiatus for the author's serious lower back pain extended until April 2016.
Shueisha shipped the manga's 33rd volume (seen right) – the first compiled book volume for the series since December 2012 – on June 3. Viz Media released the 32nd compiled book volume in North America in April 2014. The manga inspired two television anime series; the latest one ran from 2011 until 2014. The manga also inspired two anime films and several original video anime titles.
The manga has also inspired at least two smartphone games. The most recent, titled Hunter X Hunter: World Hunt, launched in February.
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