A good omen for Good Omens?

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Almost 30 years ago, Neil Gaiman launched his career as a novelist (he was already a well-regarded comic book writer) by collaborating with UK compatriot Terry Pratchett on Good Omens, a hilariously comic take on the Apocalypse, the Antichrist, and a raft of other sort-of religious tropes. Before Pratchett's untimely passing, Gaiman promised his friend and co-writer that he would personally bring the story to television. And now, backed by the BBC, Amazon, and Pratchett's estate, he has done so, writing and showrunning a six episode miniseries that will be launched on Amazon Prime at the end of this month, with a run on the BBC to follow. And it looks so, so promising. Great cast (David Tennant and Michael Sheen are the main characters, a minor devil and angel respectively), and, from the trailers and promo spots, faithful to the novel in spirit, though Gaiman has done some modernizing and worked in some bits they dropped from the novel so it isn't a literal adaptation.

The most recent promo is a music video by the Chattering Order of St. Beryl, the order of nuns entrusted with raising the Antichrist and it's hilarious. Potentially blasphemous, I guess, but hilarious. And watch closely for Neil Gaiman's cameo.


If this is indicative, it's a good omen (hee hee) for the show.
 

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Yes, this might actually be enough to get me to sign up for Prime, at least for a trial.
 

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Damn, I don't know if I can wait for this to get to Netflix...
It won't, at least not any time soon. Amazon owns the streaming rights and are unlikely to sell them to a competitor. That's why I'm considering my options for Prime.
 

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Maybe I should just switch back and forth between them, lol...However, you tend to lose good grandfathered rates that way.
 

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I haven't seen it yet, but the reviews, save for a few religious publications, have been generally quite positive.

However, some religious types are taking up a petition to have Netflix take it down. The only problem: It's not on Netflix, it's an Amazon Prime exclusive. Much hilarity has resulted as Neil Gaiman and his Twitter followers have some fun with it.
 

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The greatest of concepts contain certain arid nature as the bones of a mule in a desert ... lack of layers of condensation? Undew'd defection !
 

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And apparently the success of Good Omens has been a "good omen" for another Gaiman creation. Netflix and Warner (who own the rights via their ownership of DC comics) are teaming up on Sandman, an adaptation of the brilliant fantasy comic series that pretty much made Gaiman's name. Admittedly, this is the umpteenth attempt at filming Sandman, but with Netflix involved and Gaiman as an executive producer (so involved but much less so than with Good Omens), maybe this will be the one that actually happens. Now watching Gaiman's Twitter for his take.

 
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