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The line for the American Gods and Orphan Black panel room saw fans lining up as early as 8am according to con staff, and stretched outside under the hot afternoon sun and into a holding tent before coiling down the stairs alongside the convention center.

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The panel room, which reportedly can hold upwards of two thousand people, was crammed full of fans waiting to get a glimpse of the stars of the highly-anticipated American Gods television series. The Starz adaption is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sandman: Overture author Neil Gaiman. Gaiman also serves as executive producer for the series alongside showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal).

Appearing on panel, which was moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown, were Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy).

But it was surprise guest Kristin Chenoweth who stole the show, announcing she would join the cast as Easter: the goddess of spring. It’s the first time Tony Award winning actress and singer has worked with Fuller since starring in his ABC television series Pushing Daisies, which ended in 2009.

The panel also saw the debut of the first trailer for the show. Full coverage of the panel is forthcoming, but for now check out the trailer below.

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