A storm is brewing in Starz’s gritty new series “American Gods,” as deities old and new gear up for a battle that reverberates with topical issues in the real world. Immigration, race, religion and sexuality are all examined in “American Gods” through the saga of Shadow Moon, a convict who is released to the news of his wife’s death. He is hired to be the bodyguard of an old grifter named Mr. Wednesday, the disguise of the Norse god Odin.

“This show has become the most politically relevant show on TV without a doubt,” actor Ricky Whittle, who plays Shadow, told Reuters at the red-carpet premiere on Thursday. “American Gods,” which premieres on premium cable network Starz on April 30, is based on British author Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name, a surreal story of how the old gods of folklore struggle to be revered and remembered in an age of new gods like technology and media. READ MORE