AMC likes success. They have tasted it with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and most recently, The Walking Dead. Unfortunately, Breaking Bad and Mad Men are over and nobody gives a crap about Hell on Wheels. Therefore, it stands to reason that AMC is on the prowl for a new series. A series that will be talked about.
I’m hoping that new series will be Preacher.
For those unfamiliar with Preacher, it is a Vertigo comic series released in 1995. It was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. It is profane, blasphemous, sacrilegious, and entertaining as all hell. I pulled this from Wikipedia:
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.
Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.
Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.
But there is so much more! It is hard to make a proper synopsis. I think this is one of the reasons that Preacher would make a great cable series. Trying to make a movie out of Preacher is impossible. I say this because many so called great men have tried. And failed. Just the Saint of Killers alone could provide the needed material for a full season.
With the right creative team and casting, Preacher could prove to be that success that AMC is used to. Then again, Preacher has some pretty forward thinking ideas. These ideas… well, the mainstream might not support them the same way they support killing zombies and making meth.