Last week, the season 3 premiere introduced Gran’ma (Betty Buckley), Jody (Jeremy Childs), and T.C. (Colin Cunningham), but it also gave viewers an inside look at the goings on in Angelville. Some of that involved a fantastic knock-down, drag-out brawl between Jesse and Jody, while some of it involved a closer look at Marie L’Angelle’s business and the black magic she uses to make a living. As it turns out, that was something that was important to executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, as well as showrunner Sam Catlin.
According to Rogen, during a conference call ahead of the season 3 premiere, there was a need to go into greater detail with regard to Angelville, simply because the medium of television needs it. That meant answering a few questions about the place that might not have occurred to those who’ve just read the comics by Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon. Rogen said:
“Well… a question arose, when you see [Gran’ma] in the comic books, and this like spooky house in the bayou somewhere, you don't ask a lot of questions. But as soon as its brought into the real world, you're like 'What do these people do? What do they do all day? Do they have jobs? How does this work?' And as soon as we started having that conversation we realized that there was actually a lot of opportunity to build out all of Angelville and what they actually do and what the purpose of it is. And whether or not other people do the same thing and how they view those people.”
In addition to going into greater detail about the goings-on in Angelville, Rogen said that the characters needed to undergo a similar expansion of their personas.
“It required… like on the same note, Jody, T.C., and Gran'ma in the comics are great characters, but in a show there's just more face time and you just need to round out the characters more and those character need more hopes and dreams of their own and goals and like specific history.”
For his part, Catlin agrees, saying that Cunningham’s performance as T.C. has offered a different take on the character, one that both fills him with a little humanity, while also making him “creepier.”
“[Colin] has a sweetness to him which I think makes [T.C.], in a way, creepier. Like any show, he can't be all bad or all good if you want to spend a lot of time with them. Colin's amazing and he sort of innocent psychopath which is something I don't think we've seen in the show yet. He's very fun to write for and sweet but also dangerous. We love Colin.”
So far, it looks like Preacher is keen to set up shop in Angelville and for the audience to get to know the denizens of the place and the people from Jesse’s past he thought he’s escaped. It’s been a fascinating change of pace so far, and it’ll be interesting to see how the show’s expansion of Angelville changes things in the long run.
Preacher continues Sunday night with ‘Sonsabitches’ @10pm on AMC.