Hell is hotter than ever: AMC renews ‘Preacher’ for an expanded second season

Rejoice in the glory of Christ/Satan/[Insert Deity Here], Preacher fans: AMC has renewed the popular supernatural horror series for an expanded 13-episode second season (as opposed to Season 1's 10-episode order).

Based on the cult comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher centers on a faith-challenged Texas preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) who is imbued with the power to make other people do anything he commands when he's possessed by the spirit of a mysterious entity named Genesis. 

Season 1 has brought in solid ratings for the network with an average of 3.3 million viewers an episode, including 1.9 million in the highly-coveted Adults 25-54 demo (according to AMC, this makes it the second most-watched new series on cable this year). This Thursday, the network is airing a “catch-up/DVR marathon” of the first five episodes of Season 1 beginning at 9pm, with the sixth episode slated to air in the show's regular Sunday 9pm timeslot.

Preacher was developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg along with showrunner Sam Catlin; it also stars Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, Tom Brooke, Derek Wilson and Ian Colletti.

You can watch Alan Sepinwall's spoiler-filled video review of the first episode above.