News Briefs: AMC and Seth Rogen Are Adapting the Comic Series Preacher

By Kaitlin Thomas

Feb 07, 2014


THIS IS THE BEGINNING 

... AMC and Sony Pictures Television have decided to make at least a few dreams come true today by announcing that they've reached an agreement to bring Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's twisted '90s comic book series Preacher to life as a drama written and executive-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End). The story follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a preacher from Texas who's lost his faith after learning God has left heaven and is shirking all his responsibilities. Custer takes it upon himself to track Him down and set things straight (hey, so that's where the good idea for a Supernatural spin-off went). Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin will round out the main creative team as executive producer and showrunner. [AMC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... If you're looking to catch up on The Americans—FX's excellent drama about Russian wig aficionados trying to make it in America—before Season 2 premieres on February 26, Amazon has just secured exclusive online rights to the series. The company also recently acquired the rights to stream HannibalVeronica Mars, and Downton Abbey in their war against the big bad Netflix, which means I'm currently doing the math to figure out if I can afford another subscription service and still feed myself. [Variety]

... TLC has ordered 35 new episodes of Sex Sent Me to the ER, which premiered on December 28, 2013 as a four-part series. The network has been airing encores on Saturdays at 10pm, and they've been averaging 1.9 million viewers. Guys, I think you're doing it wrong. [TLC via press release]



... Sherlock may soon be getting the Lego treatment in the wake of a fan proposal that's amassed 10,000 supporters. The company regularly reviews such ideas, and is officially considering the production a Sherlock set as one of six finalists in its winter 2014 development cycle. That's one Lego I probably wouldn't mind stepping on, but wouldn't step on because it's too cute. Well, as cute as any Lego can be, I guess. [THR]

... Lifetime has given a 10-episode series order to Un-Real, an hour-long pilot from Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire SlayerPrivate Practice) starring Shiri Appleby (Life Unexpected). The dark comedy was inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s short film Sequin Raze, and explores the behind-the-scenes chaos at a reality dating series. Appleby plays Rachel, a young woman whose job is to manipulate the contestants in order to get the ridiculous footage her producer (Rules of Engagement's Megyn Pricewants. [Deadline]



CASTING NEWS

... Now that The Michael J. Fox Show is a rotting corpse in the graveyard of failed TV sitcoms, Michael J. Fox is free to return to The Good Wife. So it's good news that he's coincidentally just signed a deal to reprise his role as Louis Canning for several episodes this season.  [TV Line]

... The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan, who is also The Vampire Diarie's Lauren Cohan and Chuck's Lauren Cohan, is lending her voice to FX's Archer for multiple episodes. She'll play Juliana Calderon, the wife of a Central American dictator voiced by Fred Armisen. Juliana is a described as a socialite who is used to getting whatever she wants, and apparently what she wants now is Archer. Cohan's first episode is slated to air Monday, March 31. [EW]

... Happy Endings' Zachary Knighton has just signed on to star in Fox's new pilot Weird Loners, a single-camera comedy from Michael Weithorn (King of Queens). The show follows four people who are afraid of relationships and who unexpectedly end up living together in a townhouse in Queens. Knighton will play Stosh Lewandowski, because someone involved in the show apparently has some unresolved Veronica Mars feelings. Stosh is a sales rep and a womanizer, and he's basically homeless. But wait, there's more! Knighton is also set to guest-star on NBC's Parenthood as Evan Knight, a teacher at the school Kristina founded. He's also a potential love interest for Erika Christensen's Julia. And to that I say: BOOOOOO. BOOOO, EVAN KNIGHT. [TV Line]

... Jay Baruchel is returning to TV in Man Seeking Woman, a new FX comedy pilot that's based on Simon Rich's book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. He'll play Josh Greenberg, a romantic dude who reenters the dating scene after his girlfriend dumps him, only to find that it's basically hell. Rich, a writer on Saturday Night Live, penned the script, and is producing alongside Lorne Michaels. [THR]

... Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who just ended her arc as a big pregnancy faker on Nashville, will soon be appearing in a multi-episode role on Two and a Half Men. She'll play Gretchen, a new love interest for Jon Cryer's Alan. Look for her first appearance on Thursday, March 6. [Deadline]

... Scandal is introducing Fitz and Mellie's children, Jerry and Karen, in the second half of Season 3, and the probably highly sought-after roles have gone Dylan Minnette (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Madeline Carroll (Grey's Anatomy). Good for them. [TV Line]

... Right on the heels of casting The Original's Daniella Pineda's yesterday, NBC's new drama pilot Odyssey has added Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie). He'll play Peter, a disillusioned corporate attorney who's now working in business intelligence and ends up getting pulled into an international military conspiracy. [THR]


"TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR AND I WATCHED HOUSE" NEWS

... A German doctor was immediately able to identify a mysterious illness after realizing he'd seen something similar on an episode of House. Every time I tell people I know something because of television they tell me I need to get a real job. Well, jokes on you, jokey jokers, because I'm going to go re-watch all of House and start saving lives on the reg. Booyah! [EW]


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  • Tanis_Ketra Feb 08, 2014

    Sweet, didn't realize that Hannibal was on Prime. I need another serial killer show in my life after finishing up Dexter. And by that I mean, limping through season 7 all while regretting every minute of it. Seriously between Hannah, Louis, Quinn, and a completely altered characterization of Dexter, season 7 was a joyless experience and I'm not even going to attempt 8. For me, Dexter ended at the close of season 5 with his musing about whether or not he could ever truly leave behind the darkness. Cause sometimes an ambiguous ending is the best ending. Especially when the show is all about ambiguous morals.

    But anyway, I really digressed there. I'm gonna go watch me some Hannibal now :)

  • MarlboroMagpi Feb 07, 2014

    I really wished the Kings would just signed up M J Fox as a main cast or at least recurring guest star and expand the role Louis Canning. He did the job really well and would really be a wonderful addition to TGW ! I will watch preacher and Un-real.

  • Joker62002 Feb 07, 2014

    I'll give preacher a try

  • Acrobit Feb 07, 2014

    I was thinking that anyone who'd attempt Preacher would turn it into garbage, but with Seth Rogan...it only might be garbage. I wish it luck. If he pulls this off, maybe his next trick could be making a Street Fighter movie--nah; nobody could do that...

  • tnetennba Feb 07, 2014

    Why is Seth Rogen a good thing? I only know him as an actor that I don't like.

  • Acrobit Feb 07, 2014

    Yeah, I don't love him either, but he seems like just enough nerd to actually get Preacher, and hopefully he's just enough of a guy to keep in as much crassness and dickishness as AMC will alllow. He's usually good at that, at least. At the very least, he's pretty smart, so I can hope that he took this on to not suck at it like pretty much anyone else would. He only gets a 'might.'

  • Svanehjerte Feb 07, 2014

    Preacher sounds like a good idea and could be entertaining I guess.

    Un-Real sounds like it could be fun.

    Weird Loners sounds lame, another sitcom with slutty people having a new date in each episode, but afraid to settle down or something. I expect a lot of unfunny and unoriginal sex jokes.

  • current Feb 07, 2014

    The comic may be ok. Not familiar with it but if it has writing with 'realistic' swearing and nipples they're gonna be absent on AMC. The latter I'm not so bothered about (mine are redundant, well mostly) but unrealistic toned down language in crises bugs me for 'mature audience' / cable shows ala The Walking Dead.
    More MJF in TGW should prove more of a treat.
    All the new comedy and dramedy show announcements tend to just make me roll my eyes back like an attacking shark, wishing to clear the lot. Why don't the exec's just higher teams of stand up comics for writers, as they're all situational these days?

  • tnetennba Feb 07, 2014

    I don't remember if there are nipples in the comic (I'm thinking probably not), but there's stuff like this:

    http://www.nerdsraging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/extract-preacher-party.jpg

    I think it's more difficult to avoid showing nipples in a TV show than in a comic book. I mean, more difficult to avoid it without making it look ridiculous.

    I'm pretty sure that they can say "fuck" on AMC, but I still doubt that AMC is the right place for this. I think they will be too cautious.

  • current Feb 08, 2014

    IIRC 'Hank' off've Breaking Bad said in interview they were only allowed may be 2 "Fucks" an episode before it got 'silented' out.
    That page (and thanks for taking the time) makes it look more like it'd fit on Showtime or even Starz better - what with all the male butt on display. Though I'm guessing it's also not the violence you're concerned over but, more importantly, the overall tone and nuance of the comic that'll get lost.

  • Loooooooooooost Feb 07, 2014

    Maggie on Archer!?! Oh I can not WAIT! Wow... my kindle automatically capitalized "wait", how did it know?? Did I Swype all frantically and hard?

  • terminaltrip421 Feb 07, 2014

    amazon competing with netflix makes me regret buying things through them and yahoo similarly doing the same with SNL makes me regret using them for news and as a search engine. eff em both.

    who was lauren cohan on chuck?

    happy endings' Dave was the best (virtually everyone else became obnoxious caricatures) but I don't look forward to seeing him as a jerk or as an obstacle between joel and julia. will give his new show a chance though none the less.

    I'll give anything with Jay Baruchel a chance. just not actually seen him in a show so not sure how that will go...

  • tnetennba Feb 07, 2014

    "who was lauren cohan on chuck?"

    The daughter of the big bad played by Timothy Dalton. She appeared to be some innocent nobody at first, but after a while she had taken over the evil company and was doing evil things with it.

  • terminaltrip421 Feb 08, 2014

    thanks. I honestly couldn't remember. I might have been burning out on the series big time by that point. still watching it though. I do now recall the character for sure. at least Timmy D was a plus at that point

  • tnetennba Feb 07, 2014

    I thought that they decided to do Preacher months ago.

    I still kind of hope that this will fail at the pilot stage, because I love the Preacher story, and I don't expect them to be able to do it well. It's going to be extremely hard just to find the right actors. I think Christophe Waltz would be a very good Starr, if he's available and willing. I also think Michael Rosenbaum would be great 15 years from now. I'm sure that there are several people who could do Tulip or Cassidy well enough. But I can't think of anyone that I would like to see as Jesse Custer or The Saint of Killers.

    It's funny that people have tried at least three times to make a Preacher movie, and every time, the fans have hated the idea, and the project has eventually been abandoned. It really doesn't work as a movie. This needs to be a TV show.

    There are a few good things about AMC: They have other shows (e.g. BB and TWD) that have a pace and tone that's similar to what this show needs. You absolutely can't make this into a show with the pace and tone of Arrow. That would make me vomit. Another good thing about AMC is that an episode there feels like it's made without commercial breaks in mind, rather than as a collection of separate blocks made to fit between commercial breaks.

    There isn't a lot of sex scenes in Preacher, but there is some sexual content. Starr's bizzarro sex with prostitutes and the party at Jesus de Sade's place absolutely have to be included*. I doubt that AMC is really willing to do this sort of thing. They don't even show boobs, do they? There should definitely be boobs in this show.

  • tnetennba Feb 07, 2014

    This site has some interesting suggestions for the cast (of a Preacher movie...which shouldn't be encouraged, because that's an awful idea): http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/CBMAssassin/news/?a=22111

    I don't doubt that Daniel Day Lewis would make a good Starr, and I have actually considered Sean Patrick Flannery as Cassidy. Guy Pearce is however far too old to play Jesse.

    I have to say "absolutely not" to Lennie James as Hoover. This should be an unknown, someone who doesn't stand out as much as LJ would (LJ's voice and way of talking is far to distinct), someone who can play a shy wimp without too much effort.

    Sam Elliot as The Saint of Killers is an interesting choice. I don't know if it's a good one, but it's interesting. What do you guys think?

  • Larrystrawberry Feb 07, 2014

    You forgot supernaturals Lauren cohan

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