AMC’s Preacher, adapted from the cult favorite comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, is currently halfway through its first season, and apparently the network likes what it sees. Variety is reporting that AMC has not only renewed Preacher for a second season, but will be increasing the number of episodes to 13.
Developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who acquired the rights after the project languished in various incarnations for nearly a decade, Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as a small-town Texas holy man imbued with supernatural powers. His ability catches the attention of two angels (Tom Brooke and Anatol Yusef) whose presence in the one-horse town of Annville is just another distraction that Jesse doesn’t need, as he struggles to contend with a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and his gun-toting ex-lover, Tulip (Ruth Negga).
Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin serves as executive proucer alongside Rogen and Goldberg, is also handling the showrunner duties for Preacher, whose debut season has been met with plenty of critical acclaim for its clever mix of drama, violence and humor. AMC president Charlie Collier certainly recognizes the show’s unique formula, and earlier today he confirmed the renewal in a brief statement:
“‘Preacher’ is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season. What Sam, Seth, Evan and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary. We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”
Preacher airs on Sunday evenings, exclusively on AMC. And if you’ve missed the first half of the season, don’t worry: AMC will air a catch-up marathon beginning at 9pm on Thursday, June 30, so remember to set your DVR.
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