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After two seasons of Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy tearing it up down the fluid-soaked streets of New Orleans and backwoods Louisiana, Preacher is heading back on the road for its next adventure. That's right, AMC has renewed Preacher for Season 4, and the gang will be taking a (presumably chaotic and somewhat blasphemous) trip to the land Down Under.
AMC is keeping its comic book corner well-populated by renewing Preacher for Season 4 and keeping it around alongside The Walking Dead's ever-expanding universe. Fans will get to see some all new visuals when Season 4 gets here, too, with the show's production getting shifted around the world to Australia.
Preacher Season 4 will retain the same 10-episode structure of past seasons, so that should provide an abundance of moments for the comic-based series to show off Australia's unique and widely varied landscapes and settings. Lots of sunlight down there to mess with Cassidy's mojo, and there are seemingly more dangerous animals there than there are humans. I'm really hoping we get to see a giant hairy spider crawling across Herr Starr's head at some point.
Here's what AMC's president of programming David Madden said in a statement about the renewal, according to THR.
Preacher is a show unlike any other on television. A passionate base of fans found their way to Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy and have followed along with their adventures, at times indescribable adventures, for three seasons. We are thankful to our partners at Sony and to Seth, Evan and Sam for everything they have brought to this series, which we are pleased to renew for a fourth season. Like the superfans of Preacher, we can't wait to see where this journey leads next.
Indeed, the creative team of Sam Caitlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is more than capable of crafting some hectic action and shocking violence to complement the potential hazards of their surroundings. But what'll be the impetus for our gang of would-be heroes to make the trip?
When Season 3 left off, Jesse had effectively buried all of the hardships of his past. Well, if he didn't bury them, they're still dead now, with Jesse having killed Gran'ma without anyone immediately getting jettisoned to Hell. He'd also beat Jody to death in the Tombs before burning it all down, with T.C. voluntarily remaining inside. As such, there's not much left for Jesse in Louisiana.
Similarly, Cassidy's whole vampire family situation came to a particularly gruesome ending. The Children of Blood chowed down on their duplicitous leader Eccarius, and then all got vanquished when the Grail arrived. Cassidy found himself Herr Starr's newest captive, and Hoover...well, Hoover's dead now, so he didn't find anything.
While Preacher is a hit with both critics and fans, the series has seen its audience drop from season to season, as is the norm for TV as a whole. However, Season 3 actually saw a fairly steady rise in viewers from the midpoint through the finale, which was the most-watched installment of the season. (It was also the first since Season 2's penultimate episode to bring in over one million viewers for a live airing.)
It's presumed that AMC got excited enough by that viewership uptick, as well as the consistently solid DVR numbers. Several episodes this season more than doubled the initial viewership totals with Live+3 tracking. Preacher isn't wowing anyone with its demo ratings for viewers aged 18-49 -- it's mostly locked into a 0.3 rating for live eps -- but they haven't doomed the show just yet.
This renewal comes as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have wrapped their overall deal with Sony TV. The duo are likely taking a new deal with Lionsgate TV in the future, and have a pair of interesting projects on the way in Amazon's The Boys and Showtime's Black Monday.