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‘American Gods’ Skipping San Diego Comic-Con 2017

TV reigns supreme at San Diego Comic-Con — but this summer’s schedule will  be at least one show light.

On paper, American Gods is exactly the show you would expect to find packing Ballroom 20. It’s buzz-y, it’s genre, it’s based on Neil Gaiman’s work — but showrunner Bryan Fuller told Deadline that they won’t be returning to the convention this year. However, it’s for a good reason: They’ll be busy working on the series’ second season.

Here’s the excerpt, from Deadline:

DEADLINE: More immediately before us, are we going to see all of you down in San Diego at Comic-con next month?

FULLER: Alas, the American Gods are not doing anything in Comic-Con this year because we’re going to take some time to make the show rather than talk about it.

DEADLINE: You know, after the big splash you guys made last year, that’s going to be a disappoint to the fans of both of yours, of Neil and especially now that the show has actually been on …

FULLER: Yeah, we’re disappointed, too. We love Comic-Con and we love going down there and sharing the show with the audience. We feel like we make the show, for that crowd, so to meet them and get to say thank you is always fun and meaningful because they’ll let you know when you’re not doing it right.

Instead, Starz seems poised to go all-in on Outlander, with an already-confirmed panel and autograph session. Outlander had previously skipped Comic-Con in 2016 for the same reason that American Gods won’t be attending this year — production schedules — so this certainly doesn’t rule out future American Gods appearances.

Starz also has a few other series that could still be heading to San Diego, including Ash vs Evil Dead, and the upcoming Counterpart, which stars J.K. Simmons as a lowly bureaucrat who discovers the agency he’s working for is guarding a parallel dimension. Sounds like a good fit for Comic-Con, right? Executive producer Amy Berg even already mentioned she expects the show to be at the convention.

Are you disappointed that American Gods won’t be returning to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017? Let us know in the comments.

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