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American Gods is here to save us all

American Gods' Shadow Moon at a mysterious tree (Photo: Starz)
American Gods' Shadow Moon at a mysterious tree (Photo: Starz)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, April 30. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

American Gods (Starz, 10 p.m.): The much-awaited series, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, finally makes its way to Starz to kick off an eight-episode run. An convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is released early to attend the funeral of his wife, and along his travels he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who hires him as a bodyguard. But Mr. Wednesday alludes to a giant battle brewing, which Gaiman fans know involves old gods like Odin vs. new gods like Media (Gillian Anderson), alongside other characters like Mr. World (Crispin Glover), Easter (Kristin Chenoweth), Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones), and Jesus Christ (Jeremy Davies). In her pre-air review, Danette Chavez enthuses that showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green somewhat expand on the novel: “Though Fuller and Green have mostly remained faithful to their source material, they’ve followed Gaiman’s example in breathing new life into iconic figures.” The heroic Emily L. Stephens will take on weekly reviews.

Regular coverage

The Simpsons are back, baby!

Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7:30 p.m.)
The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.)
The Leftovers (HBO, 9 p.m.)
The Last Man On Earth (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)
Silicon Valley (HBO, 10:00 p.m.)
American Crime (ABC, 10 p.m.)
Elementary (CBS, 10 p.m.)
Billions (Showtime, 10 p.m.)
Veep (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)


Wild card


Super Soul Sunday (OWN, 11 a.m.): This is a wild card all right, but your WOT correspondent feels very strongly about this. Geneen Roth has written a number of books about emotional eating like Women, Food And God. In this Sunday-morning talk with Oprah Winfrey, “the best-selling author explains why the path to wholeness and healing begins with examining our relationship with food.” If this happens to be a particular problem area for you—like it is for many people who eat food—it’s definitely worth a watch.

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