Good Omens Gets A Release Date on Amazon
Fans can mark their calendars. Amazon has finally set a premiere date for Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens miniseries. The six-episode limited series will drop all episodes come May 31, 2019, just in time to get them all in before the Emmy eligibility cut off date.
The news arrived during the Good Omens panel at the Television Critics Association this week. It also brought along quite a few details, including that the team expanded upon the initial story a bit as part of the adaptation. Gaiman said everything added in was pulled from notes, both from him and Pratchett detailing a potential sequel that never got off the ground, or pulled from the footnotes, which will delight fans considerably.
As he sees the series:
“Part of the joy of Good Omens is the idea that there is good and there is evil, but the weird thing is that you don’t find them in Heaven and you don’t find them in Hell; you find them in human beings.”
Also, there were new casting reveals. Frances McDormand was previously announced to be playing God. Now, it turns out her counterpart, Satan, will be Benedict Cumberbatch. Somehow this makes all the sense in the world to me. (Also God is an American, David Bowie was right.)
Another casting note: Nick Offerman is playing an undisclosed role, previously played by someone else. When asked if he wanted to be the replacement, he offered to buy his ticket to the filming location in South Africa if they needed him to.
As always, Gaiman was all in on how this project, to him, was for Terry Pratchett, who never lived to see the book adapted for the screen. The show will end with a Pratchett tribute.
Gaiman also reminisced about how the project got started, comparing Pratchett asking him to collaborate as being called up my Michaelangelo and asking if they want to paint a church ceiling together.
Good Omens will arrive on Amazon on May 31st, just in time for everyone who needs something to help them get over the end of Game of Thrones to have a laugh.