Despite somewhat soft ratings, AMC has already gone ahead and renewed their freshman comic book-inspired series, Preacher for a second season, at the halfway mark of the currently-airing first season. This second season is naturally set to air at some point in 2017, presumably in Spring/Summer once again, where it avoids competition with the network’s ratings juggernauts like The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul, and it will likely once again inhabit the midseason break of high-rated spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead.
On top of being renewed for a second season, Preacher will also be getting an extended episode order for Season Two, after debuting a ten-episode first season this year. Season Two will comprise thirteen episodes instead of ten. AMC also confirmed that Preacher averages about 3.3 million viewers per episode, which is decent, though definitely beneath the viewership numbers of most other comic book shows on primetime television right now. It’s likely that Preacher’s highly positive critical and audience reception secured it a comeback more than the ratings.
Developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, alongside Sam Catlin, and inspired by the Vertigo/DC Comics graphic novel by Garth Ennis, Preacher is a story about criminal-turned-preacher, Jesse Custer, who runs a struggling seminary in Annville, Texas. When Jesse becomes empowered by the supernatural ability to bend others to the will of his word however, he must discover what this means, and how it may tie into a God that has forsaken His world. Dominic Cooper portrays Custer, and the series also stars Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, Lucy Griffiths as Emily Woodrow, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Hugo Root, Ian Colletti as Eugene Root/Arseface, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Graham McTavish as the Saint of Killers, Jackie Earle Haley as Odin Quincannon, and Derek Wilson as Donny Schneck.
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