It’s a “Pushing Daisies” reunion: Kristin Chenoweth has joined executive producer Bryan Fuller in his upcoming Starz series “American Gods.”
The announcement was made at Comic-Con, where the actress made a surprise appearance on the panel. She’ll play Easter, one of the old gods who tries to help Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle).
The series also stars 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), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy) and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).
“American Gods,” based on the Neil Gaiman novel, 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 (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman with personal ties to the battle between the deities.
“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Fuller and Michael Green are writers and showrunners. David Slade 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 Gaiman.
“American Gods” is scheduled for a 2017 debut on Starz.