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Developed by Seth Rogen and frequent contributor/childhood friend Evan Goldberg along with Breaking Bad writer/producer Sam Catlin, Preacher  brings to life the dark graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

click to enlarge Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer
Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer

AMC — home of The Walking Dead — continues to cash in on the comic book craze currently taking over screens with its latest original series. Developed by Seth Rogen and frequent contributor/childhood friend Evan Goldberg along with Breaking Bad writer/producer Sam Catlin, Preacher (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC) brings to life the dark graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

The Preacher at hand is Jesse Custer, a rugged Texan minister who develops an unbelievable power and sets out on a mission of biblical proportions: a journey to find God — literally. By his side are his BFF Irish vampire Cassidy (the stellar Joe Gilgun) and his trigger-happy, on again, off again girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga). Expect the action-packed brutality of Dead with far more twisted humor.

And because Chris Hardwick is AMC’s Ryan Seacrest, of course he’s hosting a Talking Preacher after-show — but only following the May 29 re-airing of the premiere and the July 31 finale. Catlin, Cooper, Goldberg and Rogen will join Hardwick on the show next Sunday at 10:30 p.m. New episodes will pick up at Preacher’s regular 9 p.m. Sunday time slot on June 5.

WEDNESDAY 18

The Path (Hulu) – Eddie and Hawk return from the walk; Sarah finds Eddie’s second phone, meets with Alison and confronts Eddie; Cal gives Sarah a promotion.

Modern Family (Season Finale, 9 p.m., ABC) – In this season closer, Jay thinks going back to work will be a breeze while Claire has trouble firing an employee; Phil catches Luke with a lady friend — he thinks; and Alex moves back home, but no one notices.

Empire (Season Finale, 9 p.m., Fox) – Jamal goes on a music-making strike in an attempt to stop the violence within the family; Anika is pressured to testify against Lucious; Hakeem and Laura are getting married!

Black-ish (9:30 p.n., ABC) – The Johnsons do Good Times.

THURSDAY 19

Inside Amy Schumer (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – Life on the road, abstinence, the Madonna-whore complex and some good, old-fashioned cosmetic surgery.

FRIDAY 20

Lady Dynamite (Premiere, Netflix) – The hilarious Maria Bamford gets the Louie (née Seinfeld) treatment in this new mockumentary comedy about her life — Target commercials, crippling neuroses and all.

SATURDAY 21

Saturday Night Live (Season Finale, 11:30 p.m., NBC) – Season 41 has probably been one of the weakest in recent memory, but finale host Fred Armisen could knock it out in the final episode. Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett performs as musical guest.

SUNDAY 22

Fear the Walking Dead (Midseason Finale, 9 p.m., AMC) – The survivors tackle their biggest challenge yet as they fight to stay together.

Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – Sansa finally gets to confront Littlefinger for setting her up with Ramsay; Arya goes to work; Tyrion meets with a new Red Woman; Bran’s latest voyage brings him face to face with the Night’s King and White Walker army.

MONDAY 23

The Bachelorette (Season Premiere, 9 p.m., ABC) – JoJo meets her men.

TUESDAY 24

Fresh Off the Boat (Season Finale, 8 p.m., ABC) – Ken Jeong guest stars as Louis’ fraternal twin brother, who surprises the family with a major announcement. Meanwhile, Eddie schemes a way to watch Chris Rock’s latest uncut comedy special.

Woman (10 p.m., VICELAND) – A look at the Aboriginal Canadian women of the First Nations and their startling murder rates.


CONTACT JAC KERN: @jackern


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