American Gods Jeremy Davies

TVLine Items: American Gods Casts Jesus, First Emmy Presenters and More

Hallelujah! American Gods has found its Jesus.

Lost alum Jeremy Davies will play the son of God on Starz’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, EW.com reports.

The drama, airing in 2017, follows a brewing war between the old and new gods; the old crew feels upstaged by the newbies, who reflect modern society’s obsession with money, drugs, celebrities, etc. The 100′s Ricky Whittle stars as Shadow, an ex-con who becomes the bodyguard of Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane), an old god who seeks to build an army to take down the new regime.

Jesus’ appearance ties into the storyline of Kristin Chenoweth’s Easter, aka Ostara.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The 68th Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on ABC, will welcome presenters Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Michael Weatherly (Bull) and The Late Late Show host James Corden.

* Showtime has made the Season 4 premiere of Masters of Sex available for free on SVOD platforms, SHO.com and Facebook, ahead of its Sept. 11 broadcast.

* USA Network’s drama pilot The Tap has cast Colin Woodell (The Originals), Erinn Westbrook (Awkward), and newcomers Ginny Gardner and David Corenswet as its leads. The project, from film director Rob Reiner and Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski, is set at the most famous secret society in American college history, Yale’s Skull and Bones, around 1969.

* HBO has released new key art for its upcoming sci-fi drama Westworld, premiering Oct. 2 at 9/8c. The series, loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, is a dystopian western set amid the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.

Westworld Poster

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7 Comments
  1. Bartimeus says:

    This is the first piece of casting news about AG that has me disappointed. Davies was alright on Lost but the last couple things I saw him in, he was just annoying more than anything. But hopefully since Jesus only appears in a “deleted scene” in the book he won’t be in the show too much.

  2. John Corbae says:

    Interesting look for Jesus, who in no way was a white man. Yes, I’m being historically accurate.

    • Dr. M says:

      Maybe I’m misremembering, but the book explains that these are American manifestations of old Gods who reflect the beliefs of those people.

      • Winter says:

        That would be correct. Belief is what fuels the gods so being that nearly all Christians in American especially those that would bring him here first would think he’s white would make him white.

  3. kirads09 says:

    Whoa. Now I might be interested.

  4. Bill says:

    A new love interest for Whitney on The Affair? I guess her last one getting mowed down by her parents wasn’t enough

  5. Weezy says:

    Oh look yet another typical Hollywood beta male casting for one of the most alpha figures in human history. I love how clueless the masses are on just about everything these days.