Our First Glimpse of Good Omens

Good Omens is finally coming to television, and today we got our first look at Aziraphale and Crowley at their table read.

That very loud squee that just drowned out Donald Trump on Twitter this morning was a thousand and one fans getting their first look at the leading men of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. The TV adaptation was announced back in August while I was busy being snowed under by Game of Thrones, but rest assured, when this baby hits the airwaves, we *will* be obsessively blogging about it.

Why? Oh my sweet summer children, because they cast David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale.

Here, have a tweet of them at the table read. You’ll be glad you did.

Yes I know, the Doctor’s dreams of ginger-hood have finally come true. Just, you know, on a different show, in a different fantasy universe. But hey, no one said anything the Time Lords do has to be linear.

The series is being adapted by Amazon Studios, who it’s been recently reported are struggling mightily to find their own “Game of Thrones” type break out program. (That not me just name checking the series for no reason, apparently it’s a direct quote from Jeff Bezos.)

It must be frustrating, watching even Hulu land a major worldwide hit, and Emmy gold for The Handmaid’s Tale, while the best Amazon has so far is people yelling at it for Nazi tinged adverts for The Man In The High Castle. If they’re looking for a show that will bring in at least a dedicated fan base, they could do a lot worse than mining Gaiman and Pratchett, each of whom have a dedicated fanbase. And Good Omens could be a showstopper production on par with Gaiman’s other hit series this year, American Gods on STARZ.

Amazon is splitting costs with BBC, but the show will be debuting on their platform first before debuting on BBC One. It will not air in the US on terrestrial channels.

“Good Omens” is co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia, the production company of Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna, and the Blank Corporation and in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. Gaiman and Chris Sussman are executive producing for BBC Studios, and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown will executive produce for Narrativia. Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as showrunner.

No premiere date is set yet, other than 2018. We’ll be bringing more news as it comes.

 

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