How AMC's Preacher blew up the TV rulebook

The thrilling and gore-filled AMC comic book adaptation has pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved on the small screen.

Monday nights are never going to the same again for UK TV fans.

The outrageous AMC series Preacher gets it linear TV premiere on October 23rd on AMC – exclusive to BT customers – and if you haven’t seen or heard about the show before, brace yourself.

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Starring British and Irish rising stars Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun and Ruth Negga, this adaptation of the wild comic book series of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon will leave you open-mouthed, scene after scene.

Don’t believe us? Here are five ways Preacher blew up the TV rulebook.

1. It was the TV show that it was supposed to be impossible to make

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There have been numerous failed attempts to turn Preacher into a movie or TV series before, but it was either considered too profane, too controversial or just too strange to work.

Everyone from Kevin Smith, Sam Mended and HBO tried and failed to get it off the ground and at one point a film was pencilled in with James Marsden playing the role of Jesse Custer, but it fell apart because of budget concerns.

Step forward, stoner comedy kings and diehard Preacher fans Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The duo finally found away to capture the attitude and spirit of the comics, which didn’t scare off TV execs.

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2. It has managed to please fans of the comics and TV critics

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Any comic-to-TV adaptation faces an uphill struggle with fans. The casting of Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga raised eyebrows from some quarters because of the actors previous roles and their stark differences to the character in the graphic novels.

However, Rogen and Goldberg’s love for the source material ultimately burns bright and even when they are forced to cut back on some of the comic’s more jaw-dropping elements, they manage to maintain the subversive and insanity of the stories.

3. It pushes every outrage button possible

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From blowing up religious leaders in blood and guts splattering detail to gruesome Tom Cruise jokes, from the very outset Preacher is determined to jolt viewers with its unpredictable nature.

In a show that mucks around with God, super-powers, vampires and violent bloody brawls between angels, Preacher makes The Walking Dead franchise look like Downton Abbey.

Anyone who is uptight about religion or precious about taste and decency should probably look away now.

4. Gleeful gore that would make Tarantino blush

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We don’t want to spoil any of the bloody surprises, but the first episode will give you a fair indication of what’s to come as Joe Gilgun’s boozing Irish vampire Cassidy gets involved in an air plane sequence that mixes humour, wit, incredible cinematography, a poor cow and more blood than a Tarantino movie.

5. It pulled together the most unlikely lead cast and they’re perfect

Don’t be fooled by Cooper’s dashing looks, Negga’s smile or Gilgun’s roguish charm, this trio are perfectly cast as the bonkers and brilliant Jesse, Tuilp and Cassidy.

The weight of expectation for the series would have made it easier to cast bigger Hollywood stars, but this trio have a beautiful chemistry and Negga in particular has transformed the comic book character into one of the most compelling and nuance roles on TV right now.

Preacher season one airs on AMC from Monday, October 23rd at 9pm.

Watch AMC on BT TV channel 332/381 HD or BT Sport Pack subscribers can watch on Sky Guide Channel 192.

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