A major new series is coming to Amazon Prime Video, from the mind of visionary writer Neil Gaiman.
Good Omens is based on the beloved book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman which follows an unlikely duo, a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex) and a loose-living Demon (David Tennant, Doctor Who) who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth and are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon.
But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.
Find out all you need to know about the highly-anticipated fantasy series right here.
Making of Good Omens
Neil Gaiman and Rob Wilkins talk to BT TV about how the brought the magic of the Terry Pratchett novel to the small screen after nearly 30 years of trying.
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Neil Gaiman, David Tennant and Michael Sheen hit the red carpet for the world premiere
The Good Omens world premiere was held in London on Tuesday, May 28th and Neil Gaiman, David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm all attended the event,
Speaking at the launch Gaiman said: "Terry, who never asked anything of me in all our years of friendship wrote to me and said ‘you have to do this, you’re the only person out there who has the passion and understanding for Good Omens that I have – you have to make it into television because I want to see it before the lights go out'.
"I thought I had six or seven years of Terry left, but then he died, which suddenly turned [Good Omens] into his last request"
Pratchett's hat and scarf got their own seat on the front row at the premiere screening.
Gaiman has made some shrewd changes to his and Pratchett’s original narrative. (Pratchett himself died in 2015.) He develops the unlikely bromance between Aziraphale and Crowley, so that these celestial beings’ friendship is more touching and, well, human, than it is on paper. Sheen is especially lovable as the anxious, bow-tied angel who would love to stick to God’s ineffable plan, but who can’t bear the thought of an eternity without Stephen Sondheim musicals and tea at the Ritz.
The Hollywood Reporter
These two actors are so emphatically into their roles that they make the hourlong episodes fly by and the absolute need for a second season apparent — if for nothing else than to watch further tales of this disparate duo meeting throughout history to enjoy each other's company.
So first things first: was the unadaptable, well, adaptable, after all? The short answer is, yes. Gaiman — also showrunner on the series - has pulled off a colourful, quirky, funny, poignant (although not entirely flawless) feat. One might even suspect there’s been a spot of divine (or devilish) intervention…
The AV Club
The duo of Aziraphale (Sheen), a fussy but genial angel, and Crowley (Tennant), who’s hedonistic even by demon standards, is as irresistible on screen as on the page, whether they’re enjoying a 1921 bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or figuring out whom to blame (or credit) for the Reign Of Terror.
The official full trailer is unleashed
Soundtracked by Queen's Under Pressure, the first full trailer gives fans the first real flavour of how the books is going to be transformed from print to screen.
With Armageddon just days away, the armies of Heaven and Hell are amassing and The Four Horsemen are ready to ride. Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, agree to join forces to find the missing Anti-Christ and to stop the war that will end everything. Based on the best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens follows an unlikely duo and their quest to save the world.
Second trailer revealed
The latest footage includes David Tennant as the demon Crowley donning the disguise of a nanny to sing a lullaby and also gives viewers a glimpse of Jack Whitehall’s character, apprentice Witchfinder Newt Pulsifer, encountering the strange goings-on ahead of the end of the world.
The teaser concludes with Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) welcoming Crowley to 'The End Times'.
Will there be a series 2?
When asked whether making the show had made him consider a second series, Neil Gaiman said ‘yes’, However, there was a rather large 'but'.
"It also made me realise how I’m not sure whether I could write a Good Omens novel without Terry. Emotionally. I could do it physically.
"There are huge swatches of the TV show now that are just me because Terry wasn’t around.
"In terms of writing a Good Omens novel, I don’t know whether I could. The emotional wear and tear of trying to do it without Terry and being reminded throughout the process that he is no longer here, would be too hard."
Behind the scenes on Good Omens
Prime Video have released behind-thee-scenes footage of David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and showrunner Neil Gaiman (American Gods) on set. Gaiman describes Good Omens as "quite possibly even madder than you imagine".
The new film also provides a sneak peek of a range of characters for the first time including Anna Maxwell Martin as Beelzebub as well as giving fans a glimpse into some of the special effects used including the M25 turning into a flaming wall around London and the 400-foot-high CGI-animated Satan, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).
When is Good Omens released?
The Prime Original series Good Omens will premiere on 31st May 2019.
First Look Pictures
New pictures were released following the Good Omens session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour event, featuring Tennant and Sheen in character and on set with writers and directors Neil Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon.
Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast
The all-star cast for Good Omens just got a little bigger with the announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Satan in the TV series.
Cumberbatch's demon will star opposite Frances McDormand, who will play God in the show.
The Sherlock joins the previously confirmed cast which includes Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson and comic Jack Whitehall, alongside lead duo Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association Press tour executive producers Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon hoked that they had found a "young British actor" for the role of the Satan.
"He took a lot of work. He was useless at the beginning," teased Mackinnon.
Commenting on the casting, Gaiman added: "We suddenly realised that we have Satan turning up in episode six, and we needed somebody who could actually give Frances McDormand a run for her money."
The Satan character willl be animated.
Brian Cox added to the cast
Neil Gaiman revealed the latest casting addition on his Twitter page, confirming that Brian Cox (Succession), the actor rather than the BBC stargazer, will be voicing 'Death'.
He completes an impressive voice cast trio of Bendict Cumberbatc as Satan and Francis McDormand as God.
Watch the first trailer
Check out the first-look trailer, which features a Queen soundtrack and gives you a flavour for the extraordinary storytelling and the show's two leads - Aziraphale and Crowley.
What is it about?
The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen) and a loose-living Demon (David Tennant) who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.
Unlikely friends Aziraphale and Crowley are the stars of the series – one, an angel and rare book dealer known for his fussy nature, the other, a fast-living demon.
The pair have been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown very fond of their existence there, as well as of each other.
But Heaven and Hell have other plans for them, as they’ve decided that the world will end next Saturday, just before dinner, something neither of them is very happy about.
The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to ride…but could something halt the destruction?
Someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist, and there’s no way Aziraphale and Crowley are going down (or up) without a fight.
Who are the cast?
Angel Aziraphale is played by Michael Sheen, who has yet again transformed himself for a role, this time with a mop of cherubic blond curls.
Michael is best known for starring in Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon and The Queen.
His co-star is David Tennant, who plays the flame-haired demon Crowley.
David has starred in Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and narrated both Twenty Twelve and W1A.
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) will feature as the voice of God, and Mad Men star Jon Hamm rounds out the cast as the Archangel Gabriel.
Nick Offerman, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Anna Maxwell Martin and Mireille Enos are also in the incredible ensemble.
Doctor Who Easter Eggs
Writer Neil Gaiman and director Douglas Mackinnon are noted Doctor Who fans and have both worked on the show in the past.
Therefore, it won't be a surprise that the casting of David Tennant isn't the only nod to the sci-fi series,
Speaking at SXSW, the Good Omens creators revealed that there are 7 or 8 Easter Eggs relating to Doctor Who in the series.
Gaiman teased fans with the first reference, revealing: "Jack Whitehall plays Newton Pulsifer, and the first time you see him going off to do a job he's about to be fired from, his tie is actually the fourth Doctor's scarf — really small, as a tie."
Will there be a season 2?
Sadly, Gaiman has no plans to expand Good Omens into a larger project on screen, announcing at SXSW that it will definitely conclude with just season 1.
"The lovely thing about Good Omens is it has a beginning, it has a middle, and it has an end," said the writer.
"Season 1 of Good Omens is Good Omens. It’s brilliant. It finishes. You have six episodes, and we’re done. We won’t try to build in all these things to try to let it continue indefinitely.”
Visit the Good Omens experience in London
Fans have been given the chance to take part in a Good Omens escape room which is part of a five-floor immersive exhibition in Soho dedicated to the show and based on the antique bookshop of angel Aziraphale.
Sheen was joined by co-star Tennant and writer/showrunner Neil Gaiman in surprising the unsuspecting fans who had solved a series of cryptic Good Omens clues and challenges to unlock a reward room behind a secret bookcase.
The Good Omens experience and exhibition opens to the public this week, with an extra day added due to public demand. Taking over a Victorian town house in the heart of Soho, the event will immerse fans in the weird and wonderful world of Good Omens.
Christian groups want Good Omens cancelled
An American Christian group launched a petition calling for Netflix to axe series Good Omens – not realising it was an Amazon Prime Video production.
Website Return To Order accused Good Omens, starring David Tennant as a demon and Michael Sheen as an angel, of "mocking God’s wisdom" and presenting “devils and Satanists as normal and even good”.
Its petition, which has so far attracted more than 20,000 signatures, asked people to tell “Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil”.
Good Omens, based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is an Amazon Prime production.
Netflix's official UK Twitter account mocked the petition, quoting a link to an online article about it and writing: "ok we promise not to make any more."
Amazon Prime’s Twitter got in on the act, referencing one of Netflix’s most popular original series and writing: "Hey @netflix, we’ll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens."
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