... but expecting the worst. Since this is on a non-premium channel, the abundant sex and nudity will have to be watered down, and since that's one of the central themes (the other being religion), I fear a bland, pale shadow of a sci-fi masterpiece. This concern is made greater by the fact that they're planning a "series," rather than a movie or miniseries. Stranger is a big book, and I could see source material for 6-8 episodes, but moving beyond that will be difficult without going on tangents or "extending the story."
Casting will be key, especially for Jubal Harshaw. The man is basically mentoring a god; if that character isn't larger-than-life enough, I fear the whole thing will fall flat.
I hope that I'm wrong, that the writers and producers truly grok what they're dealing with, and the whole thing is brilliant. But right now, I've got a bad feeling about this.