Round-up: Starz axes ‘American Gods’; Fox seeks ‘Our Kind Of People’; All3Media shops Ghislaine Maxwell doc

American Gods

Starz axes ‘American Gods’

US network Starz has cancelled fantasy drama American Gods, confirming that the series, based on the novel by British author Neil Gaiman, will not return for a fourth season.

Produced by Fremantle, American Gods is executive produced by showrunner Charles Eglee, Meil Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, Ian McShane, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk.

The cancellation leaves the show on a cliffhanger, having still some way to go to reach the events at the climax of the novel.

Star Ricky Whittle took to social media to share that he was “still committed” to finish the story.

“This has been an amazing journey thus far and I am so grateful to my fellow cast and crew who have worked so hard on this award winning show. We have the best fans around the world and thank each of you for your passion and support, so know that Neil Gaiman, Fremantle myself and the cast are still committed to completing Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed story,” wrote Whittle.

Fox seeks ‘Our Kind Of People’

US network Fox has commissioned a new drama series inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s book Our Kind Of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.

The series, titled Our Kind Of People, has been created by writer and exec producer Karin Gist and exec producer Lee Daniels and will be co-produced by Fox Entertainment and 20th Television. Set in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, it follows single mom Angela Vaughn as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name.

Our Kind Of People is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of black resilience and achievement – all daringly told by a team we’ve been eager to get back in business with,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment.

All3Media shops Ghislaine Maxwell doc

Indie distributor All3Media International has secured global sales rights (excluding the UK) to Roast Beef Productions’ upcoming Channel 4 documentary Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?

The 1 x 90-minute film is set to debut on UK broadcaster Channel 4 later this year, exploring the story of British socialite Maxwell, who is facing trial for her role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

Erica Gornall directs, while Mike Lerner and Katherine Haywood produce and Dorothy Byrne exec produces.

Rachel Job, SVP, of non-scripted at All3Media International, commented, “ The Roast Beef team has already delivered some of the most gripping films in the non-fiction genre in recent years, and this latest production, with its eminent line-up of creatives behind the camera, promises further compelling, excellent television.  It will deliver the truth behind the verdict – and will be responsive and reactive to the trial process.”

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