The other day I briefly touched on AMC’s desire to find a new hit show to fill out their schedule. The network isn’t in any danger of sinking after losing shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men”, but they can’t stay out of the ratings race for too long. And while they do have “The Walking Dead” and a potential spin-off series to prop them up for now, those zombie legs can’t last forever.
So what do you do when you’re looking for inspiration? Return to the source from whence your last hit came. According to Bad Ass Digest, AMC might be looking to the world of comics for another potential series. Anonymous sources have told the site that AMC has gone ahead and given a pilot order for “Preacher”.
“Preacher” is part of the Vertigo line of DC comics and was written by Garth Ennis. The comic originally ran from 1995 to 2000 and told the tale of a Preacher named Jesse Custer who is blessed with divine powers when he’s possessed by a supernatural being. Jesse soon learns that God has left his post in heaven so he sets off, along with his girlfriend and their drunk Irish vampire friend, to find out why. The plot may sound a little dry, but I’ll assure you, the comic is one of the craziest journeys you’ll ever experience.
In fact, if AMC were to make this a true adaptation of the comic series, it’ll further push the content rating boundaries previously established by “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad”. Which, on a network like HBO, wouldn’t be a big deal. For AMC, though, that could prove to be a challenge as they have advertisers to appeal too. However, it’s not hard to imagine a slightly toned-down, but still aggressively obscene “Preacher” making it to television.
Without any confirmation from AMC that this is happening, I’d slide this into the rumor column for now. Networks make it known that they’re pursuing a pilot order, though, so it might not be long before the truth comes out about this one.