Two years after its premiere, Amazon Studios has announced that Good Omens will take wing once more, greenlighting a second season of the critically acclaimed series.
Michael Sheen and David Tennant will reunite later this year when filming begins in Scotland for the six-part second season. They are reprising their starring roles as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, respectively. The unlikely duo teamed up to save the world from the apocalypse in the first season and now the series will explore storylines that go beyond the original source material, illuminating that uncanny friendship between the fussy angel and fast-living demon.
Amazon Studios' Good Omens Greenlit for a Second Season
Neil Gaiman continues as executive producer and will co-showrun along with executive producer Douglas Mackinnon, who will also return to direct. Rob Wilkins, John Finnemore, and BBC Studios Productions’ Head of Comedy Josh Cole will also executive produce, with Finnemore serving as co-writer alongside Gaiman.
Good Omens is based on the well-loved and internationally bestselling novel Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (Hogfather) and Gaiman. The new season is produced by Amazon Studios, BBC Studios Productions, The Blank Corporation and Narrativia.
Gaiman, who is currently in production for Sandman with Netflix Studios, shared his thoughts about the second season in Amazon Studios' press release today. “It's thirty-one years since Good Omens was published, which means it's thirty-two years since Terry Pratchett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel. I got to use bits of the sequel in Good Omens — that's where our angels came from.”
He went on to say, “Terry's not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do with Good Omens, and where the story went next. And now, thanks to BBC Studios and Amazon, I get to take it there. I have enlisted some wonderful collaborators, and John Finnemore has come on board to carry the torch with me. There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon. Here are the answers you've been hoping for. We are back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery, which starts with an angel wandering through Soho, with no memory.”
“Taking Good Omens to my home country of Scotland to film a second season is an exciting dream come true for me.” Executive Producer Douglas Mackinnon said, “And with Michael Sheen and David Tennant returning as Aziraphale and Crowley, we really have an angel and a demon on our side.”
Returning director Rob Wilkins also shared his thoughts about the return in the press release. “Terry and Neil always knew that Crowley and Aziraphale wouldn’t remain content to appear in only one story, and long harboured plans to expand upon their adventures. David and Michael’s stellar performances made this an absolute necessity. Terry would have been delighted with how they brought their characters to life, and just as delighted as I am that a second season is now underway.”
In typical fashion, Michael Sheen had strong feelings about the announcement, “Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
Tennant seemed oblivious to these sentiments in his statement, “The return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil’s wonderful words once more. It’s probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know – swings and roundabouts…”
With this announcement, Amazon Studios continues its relationship with Gaiman, who has an overall deal with the studio.