TCA 2019: Neil Gaiman announces spring debut for six-episode limited series
Amazon has set the premiere date for its adaptation of “Good Omens.”
Neil Gaiman said Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour that the six-episode limited series will debut May 31. All six will available at once. The streamer also released the opening title sequence for the series, which you can watch above.
The series, based on Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel, stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon, respectfully, who form an unlikely friendship over centuries of living comfortably on Earth. Jon Hamm plays the Archangel Gabriel and Frances McDormand lends her voice as the Voice of God.
Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows fussy Angel Aziraphale (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon Crowley (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.
Gaiman serves as showrunner with Douglas MacKinnon directing all six episodes.
Gaiman spoke with TheWrap about getting the adaptation to Amazon, following a nearly decade-long attempt by him and Pratchett — who died in 2015 — to get someone to adapt it.
With its literally out-of-this-world plot that spans centuries and features angels, demons, the Voice of God and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, adapting the series was a herculean task. Gaiman said that they spent “11 months in post-production, which is what it takes when you’ve got 1,200 VFX shots and something of that level of complexity.”