Preacher (TV series)

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Preacher
Preacher Intertitle.png
Title card from the pilot
Genre
Based on
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s) Dave Porter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 31 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Sam Catlin
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
  • James Weaver
  • Neal H. Moritz
  • Vivian Cannon
  • Ori Marmur
  • Ken F. Levin
  • Jason Netter
  • Garth Ennis
  • Steve Dillon
  • Michael Slovis
  • Dominic Cooper
  • Ruth Negga
  • Joseph Gilgun
Producer(s) Matt Tauber
Production location(s)
Cinematography
Editor(s)
  • Kelley Dixon
  • Hunter M. Via
  • Daniel Gabbe
  • Tyler L. Cook
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42–65 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network AMC
Original release May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22) – present (present)
External links
Website

Preacher is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen for AMC starring Dominic Cooper. It is based on the comic book series Preacher created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. The series was officially picked up on September 9, 2015, with a ten-episode order which premiered on May 22, 2016.

In October 2017, it was announced the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on June 24, 2018, and is set to consist of 10 episodes.

Premise[edit]

Jesse Custer is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking preacher who, enduring a crisis of faith, becomes infused with an extraordinary power. He embarks on a quest to better understand his new gift and literally find God, alongside his trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and new vampire friend, Cassidy.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22)July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)
213June 25, 2017 (2017-06-25)September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)
310[23]June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)[23]

Talking Preacher[edit]

Talking Preacher is a live aftershow hosted by Chris Hardwick which features guests discussing episodes of Preacher. The show uses the same format as Talking Dead, Talking Bad, and Talking Saul, which are also hosted by Hardwick.[24]

The first episode of Talking Preacher debuted immediately following the pilot encore on May 29, 2016, with guests Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Dominic Cooper and Sam Catlin, and received 538,000 viewers.[25] The second installment aired following the Preacher season one finale on July 31, 2016, with guests Rogen, Goldberg and Ian Colletti,[24] and received 620,000 viewers.[26]

The aftershow returned for the first two episodes of Preacher's second season, with an installment airing directly after the second episode on June 26, 2017, with guests Dominic Cooper, Graham McTavish and Sam Catlin,[27] and received 441,000 viewers.[28] A third episode aired following the second season finale which included guests Dominic Cooper, Sam Catlin, Ian Colletti and Pip Torrens, and received 298,000 viewers.[29]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On November 16, 2013, it was announced that AMC was developing a TV series based on the DC Vertigo comic book series Preacher.[30] On November 18, 2013, it was revealed that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing the series pilot with Sam Catlin, and that it would be distributed by Sony Pictures Television.[31] On February 6, 2014, AMC ordered a pilot script to be written by Rogen and Goldberg, and confirmed Sam Catlin would serve as showrunner.[32] On December 3, 2014, AMC ordered the pilot, written by Catlin, to be filmed.[33] Comic creators Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis serve as co-executive producers for the series.[34]

On May 14, 2015, Rogen revealed that filming on the pilot episode of Preacher had started. Rogen additionally revealed that he and Goldberg would be directing the pilot.[32]

The series was officially picked up for series with ten episodes on September 9, 2015.[34] with a ten-episode order which premiered on May 22, 2016.[35] On June 29, 2016, AMC renewed the series for a 13-episode second season that premiered on June 25, 2017.[36][37] On October 26, 2017, it was announced the series was renewed for a third season,[38] which premiered on June 24, 2018, and is set to consist of 10 episodes.[16][39]

Casting[edit]

In March 2015, Ruth Negga was cast as Tulip O'Hare, the ex-girlfriend of Jesse Custer, and Joe Gilgun was cast as Cassidy, an Irish vampire and the best friend of Custer.[3] In April 2015, Lucy Griffiths was cast as Emily Woodrow, a character described as a no-nonsense single mother of three who is a waitress, the church organist, bookkeeper and Jesse's loyal right hand."[5] Also in April, it was confirmed that Dominic Cooper would play Custer.[2]

Specials[edit]

AMC aired a marathon of the first five episodes of Preacher from June 30 to July 1, 2016, with bonus, behind-the-scenes footage within each episode.[40]

Reception[edit]

Dominic Cooper (left) and Sam Catlin (right) promoting Preacher at the 2016 WonderCon in California

Critical reception[edit]

The first season received largely positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an approval rating of 89%, based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 7.64/10. The site's critical consensus states, "A thrilling celebration of the bizarre, Preacher boasts enough gore, glee, and guile to make this visually stunning adaptation a must-see for fans of the comic and newcomers alike."[41] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, found that the first season received "generally favorable reviews" with a score of 76 out of 100, based on 37 critics.[42] Eric Goldman of IGN, gave the pilot episode an 8.8/10, praising the "great mixture of comic and horror elements" and the "excellent casting," particularly praising Ruth Negga's Tulip.[43]

The second season received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 90%, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.67/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Preacher's sophomore season benefits from more focused storytelling, without sacrificing any of its gorgeous, violent, insane fun."[44] On Metacritic, the series again received "generally favorable reviews" with a score of 76 out of 100 for the second season, based on 9 critics.[45]

The third season received generally favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 91%, based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 7.49/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Preacher returns to its delightful debauchery, but with a steadier hand and better balance, elevating the drama without taking the edge off."[46] On IGN, Jesse Scheeden gave the season premiere a score of 8.7 out of 10 and claimed that "Preacher is finally venturing into one of the best and most unsettling pieces of the comic, and so far the new season seems to be headed in the right direction. 'Angelville' succeeds in telling a somber, focused story, one that establishes the relationship between Jesse and his grandmother and making our heroes feel more vulnerable than ever."[47]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Sunday 9:00 pm 10 May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22) 2.38[48] July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31) 1.72[49] 1.60[50]
2 Sunday 10:00 pm 13 June 25, 2017 (2017-06-25) 1.69[51] September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11) 0.97[52] 1.16[53]
3 10 June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24) 0.84[54] August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26) TBA TBA
Preacher : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEp. 1Ep. 2Ep. 3Ep. 4Ep. 5Ep. 6Ep. 7Ep. 8Ep. 9Ep. 10Ep. 11Ep. 12Ep. 13Average
12.382.081.751.141.431.491.551.651.571.72N/A1.60[50]
21.691.351.111.191.271.191.251.150.991.030.901.100.971.16[53]
30.830.770.770.750.820.780.88TBDTBDTBDN/ATBD
Source: Nielsen Media Research[50][53][55]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2016 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Outstanding Sound - Television Richard Yawn, Mark Linden, Tara Paul Nominated [56]
2017 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series for Commercial Television John Grillo Nominated [57]
Art Directors Guild Awards One Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series David Blass, Mark Zuelzke, Kirsten Oglesby, Derek Jensen, Gregory G. Sandoval, Taura C.C. Rivera, Tyler Standen, Brandon Arrington, Amy Lynn Umezu, Edward McLoughlin Nominated [58]
Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Television Series Preacher Nominated [59]
2018 Best Horror Television Series Preacher Nominated [60]

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