American Gods is an American fantasy drama television series based on the novel of the same name, written by Neil Gaiman and developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for the premium cable network Starz. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Lionsgate Television, the series premiered on April 30, 2017. Ricky Whittle plays the series' lead Shadow Moon, who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) after being released from prison, and soon becomes embroiled in a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger each day. Fuller and Green served as the showrunners for the first season, and are set to be replaced by Jesse Alexander for the second season. Gaiman serves as an executive producer along with Fuller, Green, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk, David Slade, and Adam Kane.