2:33pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Preacher' Renewed for Season 3 at AMC
Preacher is coming back for more.
AMC has renewed the Seth Rogen-produced drama for a 13-episode third season to debut in 2018, it was announced Thursday.
Dominic Cooper and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga headline the hourlong, which is based on the DC Vertigo comic book written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Cooper stars as a small-town preacher with a criminal past who comes to discover he has a superpower to make others do what he says.
Rogen and his longtime producing partner Evan Goldberg developed the adaptation for TV with showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad). The trio executive produce with James Weaver for Point Grey Pictures, Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur for Original Film and Vivian Cannon, Jason Netter and Ken F. Levin. Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-produce the series.
When season two premiered in June, The Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg said the sophomore outing was an improvement from the first season. "The second season finds them comfortable and better able to really tell this story," he wrote.
At AMC, Preacher comes as the cabler has said farewell to several series, including period dramas Halt and Catch Fire and Turn. Other original AMC series include The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Into the Badlands, Humans, The Son and the recently launched Loaded.
Preacher extends AMC's working relationship with independent studio Sony, which also produced Breaking Bad and currently produces Better Call Saul.
Preacher is the latest comic book adaptation at the cabler, following the success of The Walking Dead. (The Robert Kirkman adaptation hit a five-year ratings low on Sunday, however, with the kickoff of season eight.)
AMC's upcoming slate includes Lodge 49, The Terror, Dietland and McMafia.
The season-three pickup for Preacher comes as Rogen and Goldberg are preparing to launch their second TV effort, the Hulu sci-fi comedy Future Man starring Josh Hutcherson. The streamer will launch the show's entire first season on Nov. 14.