TV is apparently having a tough time dreaming up original titles. Following the American Crime versus American Crime Story debacle that befuddled winter viewers, two similarly named shows have popped up to wreak fresh hell on your frazzled DVR: AMC’s Preacher and Fox’s The Preachers.
Though the distinction is thin, the series do have a couple of clear-cut differences. For example, one is a bloody, action-packed adaption of a ‘90s cult comic, while the other is a tame daytime talk show featuring four real-life preachers with opinions aplenty. Because EW knows how difficult it may be to tell the two apart, we’ve rounded up a helpful cheat sheet below.
Premise: Based on D.C.’s cult ‘90s comic of the same name, AMC’s upcoming adaption is an ultra violent, high thrill whirl through the supernatural mayhem thrust upon a West Texas town. After a paranormal entity grants faithless preacher Jesse Custer unconventional power, the conflicted clergyman sets out in search of God, enlisting his gun-toting ex-girlfriend Tulip and a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy for help along the way.
Stars: Dominic Cooper (Jesse Custer), Ruth Negga (Tulip O’Hare), Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy), Tom Brooke (Fiore), Ian Colletti (Arseface), W. Earl Brown (Hugo Root), Lucy Griffiths (Emily), Jackie Earle Haley (Odin Quincannon)
Creators: Rag-tag comedy team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End) teamed up with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) in an unlikely power trio
Premiere date: May 22 at 10 p.m. ET
Genre: Daytime talk show
Premise: Four outspoken preachers serve up their uniquely spiritual take on pop culture, religion, and news — because church leaders are usually so tight-lipped about their views.
Stars: John Gray, a musician and associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston; Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., a senior pastor and teacher at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope in Macon, Georgia; Orrick Quick, a pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina; and Dr. Jamal Bryant, a pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore.
Creators: Bill Geddie, The View’s former co-creator and executive producer, makes his return to daytime TV; he exited The View in 2014 after 17 seasons.
Premiere date: July 11 on Fox-owned stations in New York and Los Angeles (additional stations to be added)