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‘Preacher’ TV Series On AMC Release Date, Cast: How Show Will Stir Controversy from Christian Groups

( [email protected] ) May 10, 2016 05:09 PM EDT
Since Breaking Bad and Mad Men have gone the way of the series finale, it is pretty obvious that the AMC's biggest show on is The Walking Dead, which is based on comic book source material.  It is no surprise that AMC is seeking a new show based on dark comic book source material with Preacher.  This is what is known about the Preacher TV series on AMC with its release date, premiere, cast, and how to livestream, as well as what is sure to be controversy amongst Christian groups.
''Preacher,'' the hit comic book series, is coming to AMC on May 22nd. AMC/iO9

Since Breaking Bad and Mad Men have gone the way of the series finale, it is pretty obvious that the AMC's biggest show on is The Walking Dead, which is based on comic book source material.  It is no surprise that AMC is seeking a new show based on dark comic book source material with Preacher.  This is what is known about the Preacher TV series on AMC with its release date, premiere, cast, and how to livestream, as well as what is sure to be controversy amongst Christian groups. 

As stated before, Preacher is based on a comic book that was ran by Vertigo.  If you are not familiar with Vertigo, it is an imprint of DC Comics that is directed toward adults, and usually runs with stories with material that are definitely not befitting the old Comics Code. 

In the case of Preacher, it tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher from a small town of Annville.  Custer is possessed by a creature named Genesis, who is the child of an angel and a demon, and this creature is both good and evil, possibly rivaling the power of God himself.  The book features Jesse going on the road in a style of western, literally trying to find God with the help of former girlfriend/assassin Tulip O'Hare and an Irish vampire named Cassidy. 

From what is reported on iO9, the story of the series follows the same premise as the comic book series, with Dominic Cooper playing the role of Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga playing Tulip, and Joe Gilgun playing Cassidy.  The formula of the show has something strange occurring at the beginning of the episode, and then having even more strangeness ensue as there is an ongoing story going on here. 

Unlike its fellow comic book inspired friend of The Walking Dead, the Preacher comic book series is actually over, for more than a decade.  It began in 1995 from famed comic book writer Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and it lasted 66 issues before ending in 2000.  It is pretty clear that readers of the comics will have a lot of insight before the series ends. 

On its surface, it would appear that there would be a lot of unquestionably questionable material on Preacher.  The fact that God has gone missing might be enough to get conservative Christian groups protesting against it.  In addition to the God going M.I.A, there is a plotline in the comics based on the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene that made Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code a work of controversy when the book was released in 2003.  In other words, you might be hearing a lot about Preacher, all from those who will question its deliberately skewed theology. 

If you want to see what this show is like for yourself, then you will have to wait until Sunday May 22nd at 10 PM.  That will be right after the Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 finale, according to Den of Geek.  In case you miss it, hopefully AMC will livestream it from their website, but this is not confirmed as yet.  The show will then air on a regular timeslot of Sunday at 9 PM on June 5, for about 10 episodes, according to imdb.