Last night AMC gave us the first look at their newest TV series, Preacher. It is more than likely that they will look to use this new show to fill the void of The Walking Dead‘s mid-season hiatus. The cable channel has been trying to keep their audience in between seasons to varying degrees of success, and now they have turned to another comic series to keep attention until everyone’s favorite undead zombie show returns.
The comic, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion is a celebrated series and there have been several attempts over the years to make it into a TV series or film. Published by Vertigo, Preacher is the story of Reverend Jesse Custer, who becomes possessed by an immensely powerful creature called Genesis. A baby born of an unnatural coupling of demon and angel, Genesis has enough power to rival God, but because of its infancy has almost no will of its own. After Genesis and Jesse unintentionally kill the preacher’s congregation, the reverend hits the road to find God. The big man abandoned heaven after the birth of Genesis and now the powers of heaven and hell are running amok. Jesse is joined in this journey by his hit-woman ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy.
However, you get none of that from the trailer itself, which just seems to promise violence without any of the supernatural frills. Shortly after airing the trailer, AMC released the clip online; featuring Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, plus quick glimpses of Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare.
Preacher is set to debut in 2016 on AMC, for a 10-episode first season. No date has been set for the series premiere