This Sunday, AMC will begin its attempt to adapt another acclaimed comic book series to the small screen with Preacher, a darkly funny supernatural drama based on the comic of the same name by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. Under the guidance of executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (yes, the Superbad guys) and former Breaking Bad writer Sam Catlin, Preacher has the potential to be the next major hit for a network that’s dominated basic cable in recent years with The Walking Dead and Mad Men.
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a hard-drinking small-town Texas minister with a dark past who is suddenly possessed by a supernatural entity called Genesis. Genesis is a kind of heavenly abomination, the child of a demon and an angel, and its existence has caused God to abandon Heaven. When it possesses Jesse, it imbues him with the power to command basically any living thing to do his bidding. Disillusioned by his ministry and confused by his newfound power, Jesse sets off with his girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and a vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) on a mission to understand what’s happening to him and, in every sense of the term, find God.
The comic book series is one of the best to ever come out of DC Comics’ Vertigo line, and though the show might take some liberties with the overall plot, the footage above certainly retains the feel of Ennis and Dillon’s work, right down to the vulgar vandalism of a church sign. If the rest of the show follows this path, Preacher could be your next TV obsession.
Preacher premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern on AMC.