For those who have been following Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin’s project to bring Preacher from the page to the small screen, your wait is over. Today, May 2nd, 2016, AMC is now bringing the Preacher television show pilot out at 10:00pm. The Mature Readers(Watchers?) series is based off of the seminal DC/Vertigo book from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that defined adult comics in the 1990s. The new series strays from the book a little bit, but maintains the tone, characters, and key ideas that made Preacher such a groundbreaking work.
So far, only critics and industry insiders have actually seen the series, but the reviews are raving(if you can define it that way). With a 90% ‘Fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, many are wondering if this will be the new Walking Dead for the AMC network. Though the comic property is certainly heavier than Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead, with the direction the television show has gone, Preacher should be in generally good company.
This also may lend to the upcoming ratings success of the Preacher television show, where even HBO wouldn’t have expected something like Walking Dead to be the hit with watchers that it has been. With Preacher, this could further brand AMC as the place to go for ‘extreme quality,’ movie quality “television renaissance” programs that scrape the more extreme edge of concepts and content.
We will have a full review of the Preacher pilot episode shortly, and please comment either here or on the review page to tell us exactly what you think of the Preacher pilot. We will compile the best comments into a “Fan Review” to contribute to this conversation.