Season 2 of ‘American Gods’ Arrives on Digital July 22, Disc Aug. 20 from Lionsgate

American Gods: Season 2, the continuing saga of the fantasy battle between new and old gods based on Neil Gaiman’s bestseller, arrives on digital July 22 and Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 20 from Lionsgate.

Renewed for a third season on the heels of the Starz Original’s sophomore debut, “American Gods” stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100”), Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (2004, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”; John WickHellboy), Emily Browning (Sucker PunchSleeping Beauty), and Pablo Schreiber (“Orange Is the New Black,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 13 Hours).

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In season two, the battle moves inexorably towards a crisis point as the destinies of gods and men collide. While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in season one, Shadow throws in his lot with Wednesday’s attempt to convince the old gods of the urgency for full-out war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow.

The release includes three featurettes:

  • “The House on the Rock: Setting the Stage,” a closer look at the location;
  • “The Second Coming: Neil Gaiman on Season Two”; and
  • “Gods and Ends: Random Musings from the Cast.”

Netflix Orders ‘The Sandman’ Series Based on Neil Gaiman Comics

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the Warner Bros. Television series “The Sandman” based on Neil Gaiman’s DC comic book series.

A blend of modern myth and fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are interwoven, “The Sandman” follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.

The writer/showrunner/executive producer will be Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, “Grey’s Anatomy”) with Gaiman (Good Omens, Coraline) and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, “Krypton”) writing and executive producing. Gaiman, Heinberg and Goyer will co-write the first episode.

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“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series ‘The Sandman ’ to life onscreen,” said Channing Dungey, VP of original series at Netflix, in a statement. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.”