Watch First Four Minutes of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Premiere

In Tuesday’s TV news roundup, AMC releases the first four minutes of the “Preacher” premiere online; Tig Notaro’s Amazon series adds a “Heroes Reborn” alum and more.

CONTENT:

AMC has debuted the first four minutes of the “Preacher” premiere online ahead of the show’s May 22 bow.

The hotly-anticipated comic book adaptation will also get the aftershow treatment for its series premiere and Season 1 finale. Following in the footsteps of the cabler’s “Talking Dead” — “The Walking Dead’s” live aftershow — “Talking Preacher” will feature series cast, creators, producers and celebrity fans discussing the twisted new series. “Talking Preacher” will debut Sunday, May 29 at 10:30 p.m. following an encore airing of “Preacher’s” pilot episode at 9:00 p.m., with series star Dominic Cooper and executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin as guests. The second installment will air following the season finale on Sunday, July 31st at 10:00 p.m.

Streaming service Acorn TV has acquired four British series to debut in June, scheduling the exclusive U.S. premieres of returning shows “Suspects” Seasons 3 and 4 (bowing Monday, June 6) and “Very British Problems” Season 2 (debuting Monday, June 27), along with series premieres for three-part biopic “Cilla” (Monday, June 13) and sitcom “Raised By Wolves” (Monday, June 20).

“Cilla,” written by Jeff Pope, stars Sheridan Smith as singer Cilla Black, and follows her rise to fame from 1960 amateur appearances in clubs to her relationships with Bobby Willis and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. “Raised By Wolves” hails from author Caitlin Moran and is based on her childhood. The show’s family includes six socially isolated, home-schooled siblings and their acerbic mother Della Garry. In pursuit of her crush, the oldest daughter drags her family reluctantly out into the world, going underage clubbing, dabbling in voyeurism, taking the law into their own hands and dealing with major life milestones in their characteristic, highly inappropriate way.

CASTING:

“Heroes Reborn” alumna Rya Kihlstedt has landed a recurring role in Tig Notaro’s upcoming Amazon comedy series “One Mississippi.” She’ll portray Caroline, the mother of Notaro’s character. Described as a beautiful, wealthy, well-bred and well-educated Southern lady; Caroline is a pistol. Proper and with perfect posture, she’s vibrant and no-nonsense and, in spite of her breeding, doesn’t allow others to judge her without a pushback. In addition to “Heroes,” Kihlstedt has recently appeared on “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex” and “Once Upon a Time.” She is represented by Innovative Artists and Untitled Entertainment.

EXECUTIVES:

Discovery Communications has promoted Robert S. Scanlon to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Velocity and Automotive Content, leading the programming, development, production, marketing and communications for Velocity, in addition to being tasked with developing automotive content globally for Discovery Communications. Scanlon will continue reporting to Marjorie Kaplan, President of Content for Discovery Networks International. He previously served as General Manger of Velocity and Automotive Content for Discovery.

EVENTS:

Television-industry association PactUS has set the lineup for a free breakfast panel discussion featuring producers and programmers. The event will feature a discussion with Awesomeness TV president Brett Bouttier, Jukin Media co-founder and chief development officer Josh Entman, MTV head of original content Michael Klein, and Lionsgate Television head of alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell. PactUS president David Lyle will moderate the discussion. The breakfast will take place 8:30-10:30 a.m. June 2 at the Lionsgate Screening Theatre in Santa Monica.

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