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

American Gods Jeremy Davies

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.

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