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Preacher Season 1, By The Numbers
Going through withdrawal yet Preacher fans? Yeah, me too. Right now things are a little slow, but with the Preacher Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD release just around the corner, we’ll have plenty to look forward to come early October. With Season 1 now in the books, we can take the time now to look back and reflect on the impact the show has had, and what that means moving forward. Today, we’ll look at the season ratings…
Well in terms of impact, things are looking pretty good for Jesse Custer and company. According to comingsoon.net, Preacher concluded its season ranked the #2 new cable drama for 2016, trailing only “American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson”. You can check out the article below…
According to the article, the show averaged 3 million people per episode across everything. I’m not the subject matter expect on these kinds of things, but I believe that includes DVR recordings and possibly online viewing as well. Regardless, those are pretty awesome numbers to start out the franchise with.
Embedded above and to the right is a chart pulled from IMDB, the seasons ratings per episode. These are US viewers only and are the numbers we have been reporting on via the blog and twitter over the course of the season. You can see a dip in towards the middle, then a spike back up as the season concluded. I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone that there has been a lot of talk about the last 2 episodes, there will be good momentum going into Season 2.
I’ve been trying t understand where this leaves the show in the grand scheme of things… how good did Preacher really do comparatively? In order to do that, you need to compare apples with apples. Here’s what AMC’s Breaking Bad (we all know how that show turned out) did it’s first year:
So we’re definitely in the ball park. If you were to go and check out the Breaking Bad Wikipedia page you’d see that the rise in ratings over its seasons was a slow, steady climb. I’m not going to lie. I am hoping like there’s no tomorrow that Preacher will blow up “Walking Dead” style, but it’s more likely that the show will gradually pick up viewers as it goes about it’s business year after year. There are, after all, only so many “Game of Thrones” out there. Still, we can hope.
We mentioned the Blu-ray/DVD release at the top of the blog post, that will also factor into the Season 2 hype. We’ll be monitoring sales of both video formats and the corresponding social reactions via the blog and Twitter both.
So what do you think Preacher fans? Not too bad for a first season, right? Once Cassidy, Tulip and Jesse get on the road, the craziness that we all know and love can ensue, and the show will surely build on these already solid numbers.
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Will Preacher Be Made Available On NetFlix?
Update 08/07/16 – thanks to Fire_and_Bloodwine below for pointing out that Hulu has signed an exclusive deal to show future AMC shows, we have linked an article on the topic below. Are there going top be exceptions? By the sound of the article, it seems very unlikely. It looks as though Preacher will be available on Hulu only. We will update this spot right away should that end up not being the case…
Keep an eye on this spot moving forward for the latest on when, or if, Preacher Season 1 will arrive on NetFlix.
I have no more insight than anyone else as to when or if this is going to happen, but you gotta believe it is likely happen some point between now and the Season 2 premiere. This would surely be the next big step in facilitating greater Preacher viewership exposure, make no mistake about it. Take this example…
In this early off-season, I have taken to discovering new TV shows to fill the void left by Preacher. The first show I came across, which I’m sure many of you have binged watched yourselves, is the NetFlix Original Stranger Things (that’s our Twitter handle for the show, please give us a follow!). The hype surrounding this show is huge and very much deserved, it seems like it’s all anyone is talking about these days.
In finding a way to somewhat accurately measure the shows popularity, consider this: having only been released for a mere three weeks, the Stranger Things subreddit has almost four times as many subscribers as Preachers does. Pretty crazy, right? That’s a significant social presence online supported by the 56 million (give or take) subscribers Netflix has worldwide. It says a lot.
Now, AMC definitely appears to have a great working relationship with NetFlix. Every season of Breaking Bad can be watched via the streaming service giant, as can select season of The Walking Dead. And that only makes sense. I mean, what better way to familiarize (or more likely re-familiarize) viewers with Rick Grimes and company going into future seasons than to make past seasons available for viewing? This is where Netflix could really help boost Preacher’s rising popularity: by allowing the greater NetFlix viewership to watch, binge, talk, tweet, and post about the show, building momentum going into the season 2 premiere.
We all know now that the Preacher Season 1 Blu-ray release is set for October 4th, so I’m thinking that if the NetFlix thing does happen it will be sometime after Christmas for sure. If that is in fact the case, then million of new fans will be putting their feet up just like Kelly Quinn of 99.7 The Blitz in Columbus (pictured) to take in and enjoy the awesomeness that is Preacher. Keep an eye on this post moving forward, we will be using it as a communication tool with regards to potential NetFlix developments. Updates will always be listed at the very top of the page.
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(Spoilers) About That Guy In The White Suit From Episode 3…
With AMC Preacher season one now in the books, it’s only natural for us fans to look ahead to season two. It’s kind of a torturous exercise we put ourselves through with pretty much every series we love to watch, isn’t it? But what can we do when there’s nothing between us and new Preacher episodes but a significant amount of time and a whole lot of questions…
One of the more common questions regarding season two (perhaps the mother of all questions actually), is this: what story line will AMC be pulling from the comic to make up their content for next season? AMC has proved that they have no problem deviating from the source material, true, but common consensus is that the writers are going to tread closer to the comic story line moving forward now that business in Annville has been wrapped up.
To this point, news comes by way of Deadilne that Preacher showrunner Sam Catlin already has a significant character in mind for next season:
However, one new personality who will play large in Season 2 is “the figure in white, and fanboys will know who that is,” says Catlin. “They’ve already seen the character briefly.”
So it looks like Herr Starr is definitely on the season two ticket. We tagged this one spoilers, so if you’re reading this you have either read the comics or want to know whats up with the man in white. We wont get into too much detail, but I will say that his story arc from the comics (starting in issue #13) is seriously gripping stuff. The man himself is complex, short-tempered, and is sure to have viewers laughing like no tomorrow should he be written in similar fashion to his comic counterpart.
What his inclusion means for the show is that likely the famed “Angelville” story arc, which takes place before Herr Starr’s first appearance in the comics, will likely be kept to a minimum, possibly taking center stage in season three. Just speculation on my part, I guess we’ll see.
So who should play the man in white, folks? Here’s my pick (even though we know now that Morse Bicknell played the man in white during his brief appearance this past season) …
kickstarting the rumor mill: the man in the white suit, his build, height, the way he walks, extremely reminiscent of Colm Feore #Preacher
— AMC Preacher TV Show (@annvilletx) June 14, 2016
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“An Evening With Graham McTavish” Coming To New York City
Here’s a question for ya Preacher fans: How’d you like to have the opportunity to hang out (at a bar no less) with the one and only Saint of Killers? You might not have thought this actually possible, but I’m here to tell you that there’s an awesome one of a kind event being planned for the fall where it can actually happen.
On October 8th at St. Andrew’s Pub in New York, “An Evening With Graham McTavish” will take place. The event will benefit an awesome cause, “Action for Children”, which is a non profit organization that helps every child reach their potential. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the link below:
I have to say that I am not surprised in the least to hear McTavish is giving back by way of an event this awesome. Anyone who follows him on Twitter knows how big his heart (and sense of humor) is, this from the man a few months back…
Buy that charity T today, & get entered in a draw. 3 winners get a 10 min Skype with me whether U want to or not! https://t.co/Pi1HAfSSg4
— Graham McTavish (@grahammctavish) May 3, 2016
The event comes with a price tag of $220, but hey, it all goes to a great cause and there are only so many celebrity events out there that are held in intimate settings like this. The event is being put on by Outlander fans, so I’m thinking the theme should lean pretty heavily towards Graham McTavish’s character on that show, Dougal McKenzie, but I’ve been assured they will be welcoming Preacher fans with open arms at the event and that the organizating committee would love to see fans from across Graham’s works in attendance.
All the event details can be found on OutlanderHomepage.com. I have screen capped the evening itinerary below for you to check out.
So what do you think? What better way to spend the off-season, right? You could head on out to the event, have a pint, and let our Saint know exactly how awesome he is!
“What Are We Waiting For?” Preacher’s Epic Season Finale Reviewed!
Seth Rogen and company certainly saved the best for last. The AMC Preacher season finale was everything I was hoping for and much, much more. There were some serious parts, some twists and turns, and even humor in the most unlikely of places. All and all, a spectacular finish that will leave old fans and new alike absolutely dying to delve into the far off second season.
We start off with Jesse Custer on the run. Sheriff Root is hunting him down over valid suspicions that he had something to do with Eugene Root‘s disappearance. In a twist that I had not seen coming, Donnie Schenck has a change of heart towards Jesse and takes him in to his house, helping him hide out. I honestly thought there was a showdown between Jesse and Donnie looming, but that particular theory couldn’t have been more wrong. Turns out Donnie sees Jesse now as a holy man in the most divine of ways.
We finally get our Carlos flashback in the finale, and now we know exactly what Tulip O’Hare has been so upset about. Her tagline “someones gotta pay” has been linked to the Carlos incident right from the beginning. As part of their team, Carlos hung Jesse and Tulip out to dry during a robbery out of spite and jealousy. We also learn Tulip lost her child during the incident, fueling her anger to maximum levels. In the end, after Tulip kidnapped their betrayer, they spare Carlos’ life (despite him taking a pretty bad beating), signifying to me a willingness between Jesse and Tulip to move on with their lives.
Everything from that point forward focuses in one way or another on God coming to Annville. There was such a build up to this moment that I didn’t know quite what to expect. We knew Jesse would be using the angel hand to dial on Fiore and DeBlanc’s “heaven phone”, but after that what happens was anybody’s guess. What we ended up getting is what you are seeing pictured in our first featured photo: God comes to Annville after all!
Except, well, he’s a little underwhelming isn’t he? He acts rather normal and isn’t quite sure of himself at times, something doesn’t seem quite right to me. Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy don’t seem to be buying it either. After Tulip gives “God” a piece of her mind, Jesse steps in and uses his power to get to the bottom of things. We learn then that God isn’t God at all, he’s an impostor, and that God is in fact missing from heaven.
This is all working it’s way to aligning with the comics quite nicely at this point, which makes what happen next all the more awesome. We learn that the guy working the pressure gauge in multiple scenes across episodes this season is actually releasing pressure from the under ground gas buildup caused by cow manure. The pressure is primarily methane gas. When the worker is otherwise “indisposed”, the whole town blows up due to the excess pressure, a disater that leaves no survivors in the entire town. Lucky for Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy they are away at the Five Aces Diner outside of Annville when this happens. It is here they decide to go on a (you guessed it) road trip to find God. All of this is full on comic and confirms what some already suspected, that season one of Preacher is a type of prequel to the comics.
Make no mistake about it: the best thing about the finale is everyone in Annville dying. Does that make me sound like a really bad person? Probably. But you know what? That had to happen in order for the story to move forward in Season Two. Our main characters needed to leave everything behind to go on their road trip. Now the show can go pretty much anywhere, take from any story line in the comics, go somewhere else that we haven’t been yet. They couldn’t have done that if Annville still existed.
What a great season, the wait until Season Two will be so unbearably long. Huge shout goes out to everyone involved for putting this together, AMC, the actors, the executive team, everyone! Here’s to many more seasons after!
So what did you think of the Preacher season finale folks?
Your Guide To The Preacher Season Finale
Here we go Preacher fans, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for! Sunday night the Preacher season finale airs at 9pm on AMC. It’s hard to believe that we are at the end already, but you know what they say, time flies when…
It has been fun thus far trying to decipher the meaning of each individual episode name week to week. For example, the ninth episode, “Finish the Song”, had me guessing right up until the moment in which the title meaning was divulged in rather epic fashion. There can be no doubt as to why they named the episode that now. Unlike its predecessor, we know exactly why the season finale is named the way it is. “Call and Response” is all about Jesse making contact with Heaven, and the pending response from God to his call.
It’s sure to be an incredible finale, and one that you’ll want to no doubt be prepared for 100% going in. This post has been drafted with the intent of making sure you can make the most of your Preacher season finale experience.
Right, let’s get down to it…
Preacher Season One Season Finale “Call And Response” will air 9am EST on AMC
- Tomorrow on AMC, they are running a marathon starting at 11:15am eastern time. This is not just a small refresher we’re talking about here: all of the nine previous episodes will air one after the other until the season finale goes live at 9pm EST. How amazing is that? Whether you are a new fan or old, this is an amazing opportunity to binge watch the entire season and get all caught up. Amazing decision on AMC’s part to do this!
- The season finale is set to run about 20 minutes longer than the other episodes. So that means the shows going to 10:20 EST this time around. Some good advice from our friends at Preacher Wiki below…
— Preacher Wiki (@PreacherWiki) July 29, 2016
- Immediately following the airing of the season finale, stay tuned in to AMC and catch “Talking Preacher” with Chris Hardwick. Appearing on this Preacher after show will be Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Eugene Root himself, Ian Colletti. The show will run an hour, at which point the encore airing of the season finale will start at 11:20pm EST.
- We wont be watching the season finale as it airs (we’re watching via Google Play on Monday), but we did get an awesome stock of Topps Preacher card sets in that we will be giving away just prior to the airing of the big episode. These limited edition card sets are from episodes 7 and 8. Watch for our giveaway tweet, we’ll be mailing out the prizes to the winners on Tuesday.
— AMC Preacher TV Show (@annvilletx) July 30, 2016
- Speaking of giveaways, the Preacher vs Preacher podcast is going live to air at 7pm on Sunday before the season finale airs. Their last live episode was fantastic. Be sure to get in on this and hit up the Mixlr chat room to talk Preacher with the guys from the podcast and other fans from around the world. Such an awesome way to go into the finale! This is also your last chance to get in on their big Absolute Preacher giveaway: the podcast is having a contest where one lucky winner will get a copy of the $150 omnibus hardcover. It’s not to late to satisfy the criteria for this contest yet, go here for the details.
— Preacher Vs Preacher (@PreachVsPreach) July 29, 2016
- In order to iron out all the episodic details that you need refreshing on, hit up the most comprehensive Preacher resource on the entire internet: Preacher Wiki. If you got a question about something you might have missed, or need clarification on a character, you are sure to find the answer in their pages.
- If you are going to follow one Preacher related Twitter account going into the season finale, be sure to make it Preacher on AMC. This is the oldest and most dedicated Preacher fan account on Twitter. That’s them below, and incidentally, you might want to check out the awesome Preacher specific podcast that they are shouting in the tweet below…
— Preacher on AMC (@preacher_on_amc) July 29, 2016
Season Finale Related Videos
- We’ll start with the Next on: ‘Call and Response’ AMC trailer…
- Next up is the first five minutes of the Preacher finale. Tulip storms the Schenck household looking for Jesse, while Cassidy finds himself in an awkward spot with Sheriff Root. Check it out below…
- Entertainment weekly has an exclusive Preacher Sneak Peek this week, here Tulip confronts Jesse for the first time since their dust up…
- In this weeks Dork Shelf exclusive clip, the town of Annville settles in for mass to see if Jesse can actually bring God down to Annville…
And I think that pretty much covers it. If you have any awesome Preacher related resources/articles/info that you think are musts for fans going into the season finale, please include them in the comments below. Other than that, enjoy the show folks!
(Be sure to keep an eye on our Preacher Season 1 Blu-ray page for the latest and greatest leading up to the October 4th release)
“I Want You To Finish The Song” All Hell Breaks Loose! Preacher Episode 9 Reviewed
We were expecting an incredible penultimate episode this past Sunday AMC Preacher fans, and an incredible episode is exactly what we got. Not that this surprises of course. We are at the very end of it now, and the pieces have nothing left to do but to fall into place. The show has made a calculated progression through this inaugural season, and is finishing on the highest of notes. Check out this great piece that talks about the pacing of the show, and how the last half of the season is elevating Preacher to epic levels…
There was a lot that took place in Episode 9, but really, if we’re being honest, “Finish The Song” was all about The Cowboy. We finally see him come back to exact his revenge on the preacher who slowed him in his attempt to save his family. The preacher offers The Cowboy a chance to make amends, which was rather violently declined to say the least. Words can’t do justice to what happens next. The Cowboy proceeds to lay waste to the bar and all it’s patrons, killing (by my count) over 30 people including the preacher himeslf.
Things don’t end there though. Near the end of the episode, The Cowboys plight (from leaving his family to get medicine to his massacre at the bar) plays over and over, each sequence faster than the one before. At first I didn’t quite understand, then this…
It’s the kind of WTF moment I live for while watching TV: when “HELL” flashes on the screen and the truth of it is revealed. So very, very awesome. Our article screen cap is a photo of DeBlanc and Fiore procuring passage to Hell with a “travel agent”, which is how they ended up down there to begin with. Looks like they got a job for the Saint that will get him out of his miserable existence in which he apparently lives his worst moment over and over. Looks like The Cowboy’s is gonna be gunning for Jesse.
Speaking of Hell, does AMC’s take on devil’s domain mean that Eugene, who we didn’t see in episode 9, is down there somewhere reliving his worst moment too? If so, that must be the moment where everything went wrong with Tracy Loach. Will we see this in the season finale? I seriously hope so, I’m dying to see what happened between the two.
In a twist of events that I don’t think anyone saw coming, Emily pretty much went on to prove that there is absolutely no decent people in Annville whatsoever. The nice girl next door proceeded to kill the Mayor Miles by literally feeding him to Cassidy, who was still healing from his burns. I understand she wasn’t happy with her situation, and that she perhaps felt trapped in her situation with the mayor, but not for a second did I think she had it in her to do something this evil. She killed Myles! Are you kidding me? Wow.
So no God in church on Sunday this past week. That’s going to go down in the big season finale. Cassidy and Jesse have got the phone to heaven and have dug up the angel hand that they need to dial it. Everything is in place for the call to Heaven. This is what the season has been about really, getting Jesse to the point where he can confront his faith in the biggest and most serious of ways. This is sure to be a crazy finish to what has been a fantastic season.
Below are some Episode 9 extras from AMC.com to tide you over until Sunday. Be sure to watch for our season finale preview in the next few days.
Making Of Preacher: “Finish The Song”
Inside Preacher: “Finish The Song”
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Preacher Comic-Con Panel Now Up On YouTube!
Hey AMC Preacher fans, awesome news! The Preacher Comic-Con panel has been uploaded YouTube in all its glory for all to see. There have been small clips floating around of late, but I’m sure you’ll agree that we all want to see the panel in it’s entirety. Now, more or less, we have just that.
Where previous San Diego Comic-Con videos throughout the years have kind of been scattered about YouTube, it looks like there are a specific handful of accounts loading high quality vids from the convention this year. One of those is Flicks and the City, who have uploaded the Preacher panel in addition to many others.
The panel is broken into two videos, and from when I can tell, they encompass the majority of the entire panel minus the cast reading of episode 9. The advanced reading of “Finish The Song” actually took place before this footage it turns out, so its cool they opened the panel with that. The videos together run about 52 minutes, and the whole thing lasted 2 hours in Hall H, so yeah, it’s pretty much the majority of the panel I am thinking, give or take a few minutes. Just me crunching the numbers, you can correct me if I’m wrong.
As you might expect, Joe Gilgun absolutely killed it. I’m a broken record on how damn funny the guy is, but he really took things to the next level on this Panel. Keep an eye on Ruth Negga beside him while you watch the footage, she can barely contain herself while Joe is going off.
We are lucky to have such an amazing and charismatic cast in this show, and their personalities really come through when put together in an environment like this. If you were lucky enough to be there, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
Check it out!..
While browsing around YouTube I also came across this lengthy MTV clip from Comic-Con with Joe, Ruth, Ian, and Graham where they discuss to fan reactions on social media and (what else these days) Pokemon…