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'Jessica Jones' gets a date; plus, 'Preacher' gets an order

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) takes in a Knicks

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) takes in a Knicks game. Credit: Jim McIsaac

"Jessica Jones" -- much, much anticipated by Marvel  and Krysten Ritter fans -- will arrive Nov. 20, Netflix announced earlier today. But the REAL reason for this post is this -- Netflix also released a trailer(!). Which, of course, you can see here.

Jones -- to be played by Krysten Ritter -- is the member of the New Avengers, a former superheroine, now detective, who has had a long, successful run as a Marvel comic hero, beginning nearly 15 years ago. This marks her TV debut AND the second Marvel Netflix series. As you may know...Netflix will ultimately have FOUR live-action Marvel series ("Daredevil," which launched in the spring, "Luke Cage and Iron Fist," and, finally, "The Defenders.")

Meanwhile, other huge news from the comic/tv world -- AMC ordered "Preacher" to series.This was announced late yesterday.

Based on the popular graphic novel franchise of the same name, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon -- and adapted to small screen by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg -- this is expected to be both a hit for AMC and a very hot potato. Others have tried to adapt -- including HBO -- but for whatever set of reasons, backed off. 

There's a considerable amount of backstory to this project. You may wish to check out this post for a very brief explication of that. Key word here, however, may be violence -- as in extreme violence, the likes of which you have never (ever) seen on TV... The graphic novel series is also much esteemed by fans who are --doubtless -- wary of any attempt to turn this into a primetime splatterhouse spectacle, because there's a lot more going on here than simply gore...

The show will arrive mid-2016.

"Preacher" is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, "Agent Carter"), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun, "This Is England") embark on a journey to, literally, find God.

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