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American Gods’ Mr. Nancy Shares His Gifts

Posted by Debi Moore on April 26, 2017

We’re just a few days away from the premiere of “American Gods” on Starz, and the network has unveiled another introductory video for one of the show’s main characters… step right up and meet Mr. Nancy, portrayed by Orlando Jones.

Mr. Nancy is the African trickster spider god. A god of knowledge and speech, he is happy to share his gifts with anyone who will listen. Will that include you this weekend?

“American Gods” kicks off on Sunday, April 30th. Be sure to check out Ted’s review of Episodes 1.01-1.04 to help whet your appetites even further.

Related Story: American Gods: Synopses Revealed for the First Four Episodes

“American Gods” stars Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Kristin Chenoweth (Easter, aka Ostara), Jeremy Davies (Jesus Christ), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Corbin Bernsen (Vulcan), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), Dane Cook (Robbie), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).

The series is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel of the same name, which has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is directing the pilot and additional episodes.

Synopsis:
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality and his place in it.

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See the Colorful Character Posters for American Gods

Posted by Debi Moore on March 27, 2017

Earlier today we let slip the synopses for the first four episodes of Starz’s “American Gods,” but the network asked us to hold off on any spoilers until a bit closer to the show’s premiere date so stay tuned for those to be re-posted in mid-April.

To make up for it, we can instead share this colorful, neon-inspired look at 10 of the show’s main characters in poster form courtesy of showrunner Bryan Fuller. Have a peek at Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Kristin Chenoweth (Easter, aka Ostara), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy).

Also appearing in the series are Jeremy Davies (Jesus Christ), Corbin Bernsen (Vulcan), Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Dane Cook (Robbie), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).

“American Gods” is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel of the same name. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) directed the pilot and additional episodes.

Synopsis:
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality and his place in it.

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Orlando Jones and Demore Barnes Join American Gods

Posted by Steve Barton on June 15, 2016

More casting news has arrived for the new Starz series “American Gods,” as two actors have joined the fray, including a very familiar face… Orlando Jones! Read on for the skinny!

From the Press Release:
Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Orlando Jones (pictured below; “Madiba,” “Sleepy Hollow”) will play Mr. Nancy in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, “American Gods.”

Jones will play Mr. Nancy, the old African trickster god more commonly known as Anansi and one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest confidantes. Like Wednesday, Nancy is ready to bring this new America (and its new gods) to its knees, desperate to light a fire and watch the whole world burn.

In a career spanning 30 years, Orlando Jones’ versatility is well documented. He began his career by launching an advertising agency in his teens and then working behind the scenes as a writer on “A Different World” and “Martin.” He wrote and produced “Roc Live”, the first prime time scripted American series since the late 1950s to broadcast each episode of an entire season live. Jones later combined his writing and acting talents when he was handpicked by Quincy Jones to join sketch comedy franchise “MadTV.” Following his tenure on the show, he partnered with 7Up to write, produce, and star in a series of iconic television commercials that are still recognized among the Top 100 most successful advertising campaigns of all time.

Heralded as a creative innovator across multiple media platforms, Jones was recognized as WhoSay’s social media celebrity of 2014 and MTV’s “King of Fandom” in 2015. His passionate advocacy for the changing relationship between fans and creators has afforded him the opportunity to speak at various fan studies conferences and contribute to numerous academic publications.

In 2015, Jones co-founded the immersive content studio Legion of Creatives with former Disney executive Jay Williams and writer/producer Noam Dromi. The company is producing a wide range of multi-platform programs including the original series “High School 51,” created by Star Trek, Transformers, and Amazing Spiderman 2 writer/producer Roberto Orci. In 2016, Jones was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to host The Oscars Backstage for the 88th Academy Awards, an interactive second screen experience tied to the official broadcast of the event.

Later this year he’ll be seen in the independent feature film The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea as well as the film Tainted Love, based on the graphic novel-style action comedy, which he also wrote and produced. It’s a first of its kind digital feature that is the launching pad for a unique narrative journey across multiple platforms.

Demore Barnes (“12 Monkeys”) has also been added to the cast as Mr. Ibis, the keeper of stories, past and present, and he recounts them with great relish. His old fashioned sensibilities do not preclude a wry wit.

Barnes landed his first professional role right out of high school in his hometown of Toronto on “Squawk Box,” a sketch comedy show on YTV (Canada’s version of Nickelodeon) and has since been a rising star. He went on to star in the CBC kids show “Street Cents.” He spent the next three seasons on the show doing sketch comedy.

Barnes then crossed over into the dramatic realm of performance within the television movies “White Lies” with Sarah Polley and Lynn Redgrave, “Second String” with Jon Voight, and “Black Out” with Jane Seymour. Shortly after, Barnes was cast as Benjamin Hardaway on the CTV legal drama “The Associates” and was thrust into the media maelstrom. For that role, Barnes was nominated two consecutive years for the Gemini Award as Best Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series. In addition, Barnes was the winner of the BFV and Black Film Award for Best Performance in a Dramatic Series for his work on The Associates.

Barnes then began working between both Los Angeles and Vancouver and was soon chosen by Academy Award nominee and preeminent playwright David Mamet to portray super-secret military commando Hector Williams in his CBS and 20th Century Fox series “The Unit.” The series was also nominated two consecutive years for an NAACP Award for Outstanding Drama Series 2007 & 2008. Barnes went on to land a recurring role in the CW Network hit “Supernatural” as the Archangel Raphael and also guest starred on Fox’s “Fringe” as Agent Hubert and Universal’s “Caprica” as Nigel Hightower. Barnes has also guest starred in the CBC hit series “Being Erica” as University of Toronto professor and author Michel Streith opposite Erin Karpluck. Other credits include an appearance in the Darren Lynn Bousman-directed horror film The Barrens with Stephen Moyer and Mia Kirshner filmed in Toronto, as well as guest starring roles in the CTV and ION series “Flashpoint,” HBO and Cinemax’s “Transporter,” and more recently the NBC series “Hannibal.”

Barnes was chosen by executive producer and Academy Award winner Roger Avary to portray the recurring role of National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, Martin Reynolds, in the Canal+ action series, “XIII.” In the last two years Barnes has been juggling series regular and recurring roles on “Hemlock Grove” for Netflix, “Open Heart” for YTV and Nickelodeon, as well as “12 Monkeys” for Syfy. He had a 2-episode arc on “Defiance” for Syfy and a guest starring role on “The Flash” for The CW.

Jones and Barnes join previously announced stars Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).

American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade, and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

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Orlando Jones Not Returning for Sleepy Hollow Season 3

Posted by Debi Moore on May 4, 2015

Well, this certainly doesn’t bode well for the Sleepy-heads who have been hoping to see “Sleepy Hollow” return to its Season 1 glory in the show’s upcoming third season… per Variety, series regular (and fan favorite) Orlando Jones will not be returning as Captain Frank Irving.  No specific reason was given, and Fox declined to make a statement about the change.

As we learned previously, Fox renewed “Sleepy Hollow” for an 18-episode third season with Clifton Campbell signing on as executive producer and showrunner.

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“Sleepy Hollow” is a thrilling mystery-adventure drama series spanning two and a half centuries, in which a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) pairs up with a present-day police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie) to save the enigmatic town of Sleepy Hollow – and the world – from unprecedented evil.

The jaw-dropping conclusion of Season Two left Crane and Lieutenant Abbie Mills with a decisive, albeit heartbreaking, victory over evil. In the name of good, Crane made the ultimate decision to kill his wife, Katrina Crane (Katia Winter). With evil seemingly at bay, the third season will explore how the partnership between Crane and Mills will evolve and what challenges these two witnesses will now face.

From K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century Fox Television, “Sleepy Hollow” is co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, and Len Wiseman (“Hawaii Five-0,” Underworld, and Total Recall). The series is executive-produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Heather Kadin, and new showrunner Campbell.

For more info visit “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.com, “like” “Sleepy Hollow” on Facebook, and follow “Sleepy Hollow” on Twitter.

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Orlando Jones Not Returning for Sleepy Hollow Season 3

Posted by Debi Moore on May 4, 2015

Well, this certainly doesn’t bode well for the Sleepy-heads who have been hoping to see “Sleepy Hollow” return to its Season 1 glory in the show’s upcoming third season… per Variety, series regular (and fan favorite) Orlando Jones will not be returning as Captain Frank Irving.  No specific reason was given, and Fox declined to make a statement about the change.

As we learned previously, Fox renewed “Sleepy Hollow” for an 18-episode third season with Clifton Campbell signing on as executive producer and showrunner.

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“Sleepy Hollow” is a thrilling mystery-adventure drama series spanning two and a half centuries, in which a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) pairs up with a present-day police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie) to save the enigmatic town of Sleepy Hollow – and the world – from unprecedented evil.

The jaw-dropping conclusion of Season Two left Crane and Lieutenant Abbie Mills with a decisive, albeit heartbreaking, victory over evil. In the name of good, Crane made the ultimate decision to kill his wife, Katrina Crane (Katia Winter). With evil seemingly at bay, the third season will explore how the partnership between Crane and Mills will evolve and what challenges these two witnesses will now face.

From K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century Fox Television, “Sleepy Hollow” is co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, and Len Wiseman (“Hawaii Five-0,” Underworld, and Total Recall). The series is executive-produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Heather Kadin, and new showrunner Campbell.

For more info visit “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.com, “like” “Sleepy Hollow” on Facebook, and follow “Sleepy Hollow” on Twitter.

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Ichabod Himself Provides a Sneak Peek of Sleepy Hollow Ep. 2.16 – What Lies Beneath

Posted by Debi Moore on February 6, 2015

Fox has released a sneak peek of Monday night’s Episode 2.16 of “Sleepy Hollow,” entitled “What Lies Beneath,” in which series star Tom Mison (Ichabod) and executive producer Mark Goffman tease what’s to come.

Want to see even more of Tom? Then scroll down to check out a batch of hilarious videos featuring his character’s metamorphosis into a “modern man.”

Related Story: First Look at Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.16 – What Lies Beneath

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.16 – “What Lies Beneath” (airs 2/9/15)
Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) face demonic creatures that guard a secret crypt and encounter Thomas Jefferson (guest star Steven Weber) in their quest to fight evil. Meanwhile, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) learns a shocking secret about Frank Irving (Orlando Jones).

For more info visit “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.com, “like” “Sleepy Hollow” on Facebook, and follow “Sleepy Hollow” on Twitter.

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Sleepy Hollow Image Blowout! Stills & Clips from Ep. 2.15 – Spellcaster; First Look at Ep. 2.16 – What Lies Beneath

Posted by Debi Moore on February 1, 2015

We’re barreling toward the February 23rd season finale of “Sleepy Hollow,” and if you’re a fan of the show, you’ve just hit the jackpot! Fox has released a mini synopsis of what we can expect in this month’s remaining episodes along with a slew of clips and photos from tomorrow night’s Episode 2.15, “Spellcaster,” plus some first look stills from Episode 2.16, “What Lies Beneath,” featuring guest star Steven Weber as Thomas Jefferson. Whew!

Per the network’s recent press release:
The second season of “Sleepy Hollow” races toward a spectacular finish beginning February 2nd, when Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) discover the true origins of the Salem witch trials, and Henry Parish (John Noble) returns. Then, in a clever bit of “twistory,” the pair encounter founding father Thomas Jefferson (guest star Steven Weber) on February 9th. Henry’s presence in Sleepy Hollow triggers a series of events that may change the course of history forever on February 16th and in the Season Two finale February 23rd.

Related Story:  TCA Winter 2015: Updates on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, Wayward Pines, and The X-Files!

Now, on with the eye candy! Katrina haters, beware – Katia Winter (who, you must admit, is doing an admirable job in a thankless situation) portrays both the divisive character and her grandmother, a Puritan living in Salem, MA, in 1692.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.15 – “Spellcaster” (airs 2/2/15)
A warlock who was involved in the Salem witch trials escapes purgatory and finds a book of spells. Meanwhile, Abbie (Nicole Beharie) struggles to trust Frank (Orlando Jones) again; and Henry (John Noble) has an identity crisis.

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“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.16 – “What Lies Beneath” (airs 2/9/15)
Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) face demonic creatures that guard a secret crypt and encounter Thomas Jefferson (guest star Steven Weber) in their quest to fight evil. Meanwhile, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) learns a shocking secret about Frank Irving (Orlando Jones).

For more info visit “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.com, “like” “Sleepy Hollow” on Facebook, and follow “Sleepy Hollow” on Twitter.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Orlando Jones Talks Capt. Irving’s Rebirth

Posted by Debi Moore on January 13, 2015

The synopsis for “Sleepy Hollow’s” January 19th return episode, “Pittura Infamante,” mentions Abbie being shocked by “someone,” and if you’re caught up, you know to whom they’re referring.  Want to hear from the man himself? Then read on!

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.13 – “Pittura Infamante” (airs 1/19/15)
After the mysterious death of an art restorer at the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society Soiree, Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Katrina (Katia Winter) are reminded of a dear friend from their past – Abigail Adams (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg). Meanwhile, Abbie (Nicole Beharie) is shocked by someone’s visit to the police precinct.

Related Story:  It’s Date Night in these Stills and Promo for Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.13 – Pittura Infamante

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Take Control of this Pair of Clips from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.09 – Mama

Posted by Debi Moore on November 15, 2014

sleepyhollow209sThe ratings are down a bit this season for “Sleepy Hollow,” and while we’re still big fans of the show, we have to admit it’s starting to feel a tad formulaic. Can things get back on track in Monday night’s Episode 2.09, “Mama”? Here are two sneak peeks to give us an idea of what’s ahead.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.09 – “Mama” (airs 11/17/14)
A series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psych leads Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) to discover that an especially surprising spirit is involved.

Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars includes Aunjanue Ellis as Lori Mills and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley.

Related Story:  Search for Clues in these Images from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.09 – Mama

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Find the Root of All Evil in these Clips and Images from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.03

Posted by Debi Moore on October 4, 2014

Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.03 - Root of All EvilIchabod and Abbie seek out a mysterious coin with a traitorous history on Monday night’s Episode 2.03 of “Sleepy Hollow,” entitled “Root of All Evil,” and we have several stills, promos, and a pair of clips from the ep to share.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.03 – “Root of All Evil” (airs 10/6/14)
After a bank robbery turns violent, Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) embark on a hunt for a mysterious silver coin that has more power than meets the eye.

Meanwhile, Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) is put in a position where he must choose between his family and the greater good, and the Mills’ sisterly bond is put to the utmost test.

For more info visit “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.com, “like” “Sleepy Hollow” on Facebook, and follow “Sleepy Hollow” on Twitter.

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