AMC has renewed its latest comic book adaptation, Preacher, for a second season, the network announced Wednesday.
The renewal comes midway through the show's well-received first season. According to AMC, the darkly comedic series, which stars Dominic Cooper (Marvel's Agent Carter) and Ruth Negga (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), is averaging 3.3 million viewers per episode. That is a far cry from the double-digit numbers veteran series The Walking Dead regularly pulls in, but it is still more than the critically acclaimed Mad Men was doing at the end of its run.
Based on the cult comic of the same name by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, Preacher stars Cooper and his hair as Jesse Custer, a small town Texas preacher inhabited by a mysterious entity that gives him the power to make people do whatever he says. This new power puts him on the radar of two angels, which sets Jesse and his friends — the wild and potentially crazy Tulip (Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) — on a wild adventure. The series was adapted for TV by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Neighbors) and showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).
If you've been meaning to watch the series but still haven't gotten around to it yet, you're in luck! AMC will air a marathon of the show's first five episodes beginning Thursday at 9/8c. It will run through 2:35 a.m. Friday morning, so unless you're totally committed, be sure to set the DVR.
Preacher airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.