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Brodie Fogg 3 December 2017 NEWS


Bryan Fuller and Michael Green leave a shadow of doubt on American Gods.

Some sad news this week for fans of this year's polytheistic drama American Gods. This week showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departed the series after a clash with the creative duo and the production company FreemantleMedia. We knew that the first season was cut short (and it showed) thanks to an exhausted budget. Now it seems Fuller and Green really pushed it, requesting nearly $10 million per episode for Season 2, contributing to the sad departure.

Season One didn't do us any favours tying up loose ends – in fact, it ended just before the book's epic climax – so Season 2's mysterious 2018 release date couldn't come sooner.

If nothing, the first season was beautifully gory and totally on brand for Fuller and Green who served us up the revered Hannibal TV series. It will be interesting to see who picks up the slack and whether the dark tone and ace cinematography will remain intact.

At the very least, Neil Gaiman has confirmed he'll hang around to oversee the show as executive producer.

American Gods is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in Australia.

How Sorkin would wing it today

After that last sad tidbit of news, Aaron Sorkin is here to put a spring in the step of West Wing fans worldwide.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin expressed his hopes and dreams for a potential The West Wing revival but he had some reservations. The obvious go-to plot point for the interviewer was the current administration; would Sorkin consider including a Trump-like character in a modern-day West Wing? Sorkin's response was aptly blunt: "Trump is exactly what he looks like: a really dumb guy with an observable psychiatric disorder".

Delving a little into how it would be done, Sorkin expressed a preference for Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) as president:

Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and [President] Bartlet [played by Martin Sheen], long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon.”

It's worth pointing out that this is far from a confirmation that Sorkin will bring back The West Wing but it's still a comforting thought that he's open to the idea.

In the meantime, you can stream The West Wing in its entirety on Stan.

Trailer park

This week we got not one but two trailers for the upcoming fourth season of Charlie Brooker's quality techno-thriller Black Mirror. Here's what you might've missed.

Hang the DJ

This one looks to centre on a couple of hopeful singles who engage with a scarily accurate dating/compatibility app.

Black Museum

It's a little harder to peg exactly what lies within Rolo Hayne's Black Museum, except that its exhibits are all tied in some way to something terrible and tragic.

Looking for something to stream this week? Check out what's new on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Stan in December.

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