‘Good Omens’: When Can You Watch the New Amazon Series?

Season 2 of American Gods may have wrapped up at the end of April, but fans won’t have to wait for a third installment of the sci-fi/fantasy show to get their Neil Gaiman fix. (The show has been renewed for Season 3.) Good Omens, an adaptation of a novel by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is coming soon to Amazon.

Good Omens premieres May 31

Pratchett and Gaiman’s comic novel (full title: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch) came out in 1990. It’s the story of an angel and a demon who pair up to make sure that the end of the world doesn’t happen. Here’s how Amazon describes the six-episode adaptation of the book:

“The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen) and a loose-living Demon (David Tennant), who’ve become overly fond of life on earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.”

Good Omens premieres worldwide on May 31 on Amazon Prime.

Who’s in the show?

One reason you’ll want to tune in to Good Omens? The star-studded cast. Aside from Sheen and Tennant, there’s Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel and Michael McKean as Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell. Miranda Richardson is Madame Tracy and Nick Offerman plays the U.S. Ambassador. Jack Whitehall, Adria Arjona, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Mireille Enos help round out the cast.

Gaiman served as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner for the series.

Gaiman is heavily involved in Good Omens

Good Omens
David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens | Sophie Mutevelian

While Gaiman has been involved with the production of American Gods, he’s taken a far more active role in Good Omens, as he explained to the Guardian.

“For Good Omens, I was showrunner. I wrote it, worked with Douglas Mackinnon the director to cast it and make it, and was there, behind the director in the video village, and next to him on the sofa, through the production and post-production process,” he said in response to a reader question about the differences between the two shows. “It was my show, and I was making it for Terry Pratchett,” he added. Pratchett died in 2015.

Gaiman has said he feels “protective” of Good Omens because he wants to honor Pratchett’s vision.

“When it came to doing the adaptation, there were scenes I was much more willing to lose that I’d written,” Gaiman told io9. “I’d wound up at one point with some producers pushing me to save a bunch of budget by pushing me to lose certain things. And I said, ‘That was what Terry brought to the table when he started, he was incredibly proud of that. He told me about that. We’re going to do it and do it in a way that would make him proud.’ Because he’s not here. And that’s my job.”

Will there ever be a Sandman movie or TV show?

With two Gaiman adaptation on screen this year, fans are wondering if they’ll ever get to see an adaptation of his famous Sandman series of graphic novels. In his conversation with Guardian readers, he suggested that people probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

“There are rumors [of a Sandman movie], but as they used to say when I was growing up, ‘I’ve lived too near the woods too long to be frightened by an owl.’ There have been rumors for 28 years,” he wrote.

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!