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NM-filmed ‘Preacher’ to premiere May 22

AMC announced “Preacher” will premiere on May 22.

The announcement came from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas today.

An encore presentation of the pilot episode will air on May 29 before new episodes begin airing on June 5.

“Preacher” is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular ’90s comic book franchise of the same name.

The 10-episode season was developed for television by executive producers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg and executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin.

The series is being filmed in and around Albuquerque and is housed at Albuquerque Studios.

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“Preacher” is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, played by Dominic Cooper, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power.

Custer, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip, played by Ruth Negga and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy, played by Joseph Gilgun, come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

“We’re thrilled to finally be sharing this epic story with characters unlike any other on television,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have brought Garth’s writing and Steve’s artistry to life in the most gratifying way possible. Fans of the comic book and fans of just great television have a lot to look forward to as they’ll travel on an unforgettable journey and watch in unison as the craziness unfolds.”

Along with Cooper, Negga and Gilgun, the series stars Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.

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