AMC’s highly anticipated Preacher will debut in 2016. This series centers around Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small town preacher who, after merging with a supernatural being, sets off with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish Vampire to literally find God. This adaption is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular comic series of the same name. It is being developed by frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End) and the showrunner will be Sam Catlin (a onetime Breaking Bad writer/producer).
Due to the comics’ popularity the show already has a vocal fan base, and AMC has committed to a 10-episode season, projected to air sometime around summer 2016. Unofficial set photos have already leaked online, and the network has also dropped an official poster – though, it will step its promotional roll out, with the unveiling of a full-length trailer.
In an event they have dubbed “The Walking Dead Mega Sunday”AMC will (hat tip to Super Hero Hype) premiere the first trailer for Preacher during the November 1st episode of The Walking Dead titled “Here’s Not Here”, which has an extended run time of 90 minutes. This will be a big night for upcoming AMC television trailers in general, as Into the Badlands will also air a new trailer during this supersized Walking Dead episode.
Badlands, while different from Preacher in both tone and style, will follow its own quest for a higher power throughout the series. This action adventure follows Sunny (Daniel Wu), an experienced warrior who undertakes a dangerous journey along with a young boy to find enlightenment in a future America that is controlled by feudal barons. Another new show for AMC, Badlands is a “genre-bending martial arts series,” from Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville).
Though premiering approximately six months apart both of these new AMC shows have the unenviable task of trying to fill the void left by series like Mad Men. While Better Call Saul and Fear The Walking Dead are both setting the bar for prequels, the network is still struggling to build higher ratings across a wider range of shows. We’ll have to wait and see if Preacher captures the same comic book adaption success that both Walking Dead shows have found – but with the talent lined up behind the scenes and in front of the camera, this show seems poised to become the network’s next breakout hit.
Into the Badlands premieres on AMC in November 2015. Preacher is expected to air on AMC in Summer 2016.
Source: Super Hero Hype