The 64-minute pilot episode of Preacher, the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic book series, will premiere for the first time at South By Southwest on Monday, March 14. So, if you’re in Austin, Texas for the famous festival, then you still might have a chance to check out the early screener this afternoon. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait along with everyone else for the show’s official premiere on AMC, which the network just announced for Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET.
If for some reason you aren’t able to catch the Preacher pilot when it airs after the midseason finale of Fear the Walking Dead, then you can try again a week later when it will air again during a back-to-back encore presentation on Sunday, March 29 beginning at 9 p.m. ET. In other words, AMC wants to make sure that its viewers remember its increasingly promising-looking new series about an empowered reverend (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire (Joseph Gilgun) on Memorial Day weekend. Following this otherwise unorthodox release schedule, new episodes of Preacher will commence the following weekend on June 5 at its new regular time of 9 p.m. ET.
Cooper plays the titular preacher, Jesse Custer, who comes into a great deal of power after an ethereal entity possesses him. Along with Tulip (Negga) and Cassidy (Gilgun), Custer goes on a personal quest to try to find the literal God in a violent adventure that involves Heavenly, Hellish and Earthbound bodies of all shapes and sizes.