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HBO Eyes Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods,' Donald Trump Mulls Announcing Something and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 15th 2011 1:20PM
Neil GaimanAmidst the 'Game of Thrones' buzz, HBO is eying its next genre project: Neil Gaiman's acclaimed 'American Gods' novel.

According to Deadline, the project was brought to HBO by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. The novel from 'Sandman' author Gaiman tells the story of a battle between two sets of gods. Gaiman and cinematographer Robert Richardson are rumored to be writing the pilot together.

In 'American Gods,' one group of traditional gods and creatures from mythology are losing power as people's belief in them disappears. Their being threatened by a group of new gods who are based on America's love of media, celebrities, drugs and technology. The book follows an ex-con who teams with an older god in disguise.

The novel won the Stoker, Nebula and Hugo Awards.

Gaiman's other print to film work includes 'Coraline' and 'Stardust.'

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Nickelodeon has renewed its hit 'iCarly' for a fifth season. The fourth season goes into production next month, so once that wraps, the show will produce a 13-episode season 5. [Deadline]

Arthur Marx, son of Groucho, has died. Marx had his hand in writing numerous sitcoms in the 1960s including 'McHale's Navy,' 'All in the Family,' 'Maude,' 'The Jefferson's and 'Alice.' He was 89. [Deadline]

'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans got probation and community service when she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges yesterday. Evans was arrested for trespassing in a friend's beach house. The arrest was chronicled on the MTV reality show. [E! Online]

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Adult Swim has renewed 'Eagleheart' for a season 2. The Chris Elliott 15-minute sitcom comes from Conan O'Brien's Conaco Prods. [Deadline]

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