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AMC is already at the top of the cable game with The Walking Dead, which brings in ratings that most shows would make deals with the devil to get. But there's also Preacher, another super-violent and exciting comic book show on the network that doesn't have nearly as big a fanbase, which is a crying shame. No matter, though, as AMC recognizes the potential and has proven it by granting Preacher a Season 2 renewal. But wait, there's more!
Not only are we getting another season of Preacher's darkly hysterical and starkly portrayed story of Good seeking Great while fighting Evil, but AMC made the stellar decision to up Season 1's episode count by three, according to Variety. That will bring the sophomore season's total count to 13, which is a great sign of how strongly the network believes in the show and its creative team, which consists of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin. If things keep looking up, it could feasibly reach the 16-episode seasons that The Walking Dead gets by Season 3. But that's looking a bit too far ahead, since we still have quite a bit more story to get through in this first season. The possibilities, though!
Unfortunately, those aforementioned ratings could become a bit of a problem if the show's audience doesn't expand over the next season and a half. It's not out of the question that it could happen, though, especially now that Game of Thrones' sixth season has come to an end. You might not think that's a huge issue, but Preacher has sometimes doubled its live audience with Live+3 delayed viewing stats, so there are clearly many fans who dealt with the overcrowded Sunday night primetime by pushing back their Preacher viewing.
I wonder if there's a Saint of Delayed Viewing Statistics & Also Killers out there hunting people down who take too long to watch episodes.
Based on the acclaimed comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher boasts a stellar cast, with Dominic Cooper starring as the titular church man Jesse Custer, whose body is inhabited by a mysterious entity named Genesis that gives him a godlike power to control others. There are angels after him, as well as the deadly bastard seen above (played by Graham McTavish), but Jesse has on his side the badass Tulip O'Hare (Ruth Negga) and the Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). There are other colorful personalities adding to the drama as well, such as W. Earl Brown's Sheriff Hugo Root, Derek Wilson's roughneck Donny Schenck and Jackie Earle Haley's unsettling slaughterhouse king Odin Quinncannon. And we can't wait to see the rest of the comic saga's madness making its way to live-action in the future.
Preacher airs Sunday nights on AMC. Keep watching it to continue giving AMC the faith needed to allow the show to tell the entire comic book saga. And here's everything else premiering on TV in the coming months with our summer TV schedule and our fall TV schedule.