AMC Unveils Programming Slate, Renews 'Talking Dead,' 'Comic Book Men,' 'Freakshow'
AMC has announced an ambitious programming slate at Wednesday's upfront presentation for advertisers.
It includes the announcement of an overall deal with writer/producer Rolin Jones ("Boardwalk Empire," "Smash," "United States of Tara"). Under the pact, Jones will write and executive produce projects specifically for the network.
Also, AMC announced a new live after-show for its critically acclaimed series "Breaking Bad's" final season; renewals for its "Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead" and unscripted series "Comic Book Men" and "Freakshow."
"Six years ago at AMC, we set a goal to create premium television on basic cable and we began to develop and nurture shows that would set us apart," Charlie Collier, president and general manager of AMC, said in a statement. "As we lay out the year ahead for advertisers at our 2013/14 Upfront, it is an honor to have such a breadth of development and programming to share and to be in business with such a high caliber of talent in front of and behind the camera."
Here's a full list of Wednesday's announcements:
"Talking Bad" AMC will air a special weekly, half-hour live after-show to accompany the conclusion of its Emmy Award-winning series, "Breaking Bad." "Talking Bad" will analyze and dissect every detail of "Breaking Bad's" final eight episodes beginning Sunday, August 11. "Talking Bad" will air at 11pm ET/PT, and will be produced by Michael Davies' Embassy Row with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio partner.
Writer and Executive Producer: Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim); Executive Producer and Director: Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), Executive Producers: Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content (Oblivion)
A futuristic drama, "Ballistic City" is the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world.
Executive Producers: Joe Scarborough (MSNBC's "Morning Joe") and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC's "Morning Joe"); Writers and Executive Producers: Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Sopranos")
In the early 1960s, Floridian King Carmichael sells his soul to a corrupt, racist political machine to win a seat in the Senate. Having run as a segregationist, he is then tapped by Lyndon B. Johnson to champion civil rights in the South.
Writer and Executive Producer: Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging, Mi Vida Loca) and Terry Graham; Co-Executive Producer: Shana Eddy
Set in 1950 in Ashland, a tiny mining town in Kentucky, the Evans family has just relocated from California and the matriarch, Del, must hide her family's secrets and find a way to support her three children at the height of the Red Scare.
Executive Producer: Tom Freston (MTV); Writers and Co-Executive Producers: Nick McDonell (Twelve, The Third Brother, An Expensive Education) and John Dempsey
The drama series follows western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.
"Untitled Dahvi Waller Project"
Writer and Executive Producer: Dahvi Waller ("Mad Men")
Set against the New York automobile industry of the 1920s, two brothers struggle to keep their family-run company afloat with a class-hopping Ziegfeld girl and the daughter of an English competitor blurring the line between love and business.
"Untitled Tim Lea/Anonymous Content Project"
Writer and Executive Producer: Tim Lea ("Flash Forward," "The Riches"); Executive Producers: David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content (Winter's Bone, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
In America's near future, one family is nearly torn apart in the conflict between a repressive government and the emerging movement for a second American Revolution.
Writers and Executive Producers: Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton (Thorne); Executive Producer: Red Arrow; Executive Producer: Alan Greenspan (Donnie Brasco, High Fidelity)
In 1960s Berlin, an American businessman becomes embroiled in a web of East-West espionage.
Produced by ALL3 Media America; Executive Producers: Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman
"Majority Rules" is a docu-style, unscripted series that celebrates the American democratic process. At the most grass root level, whether it's an election for president of the birdwatchers club or a small-town city council, it will take a light-hearted look at democracy at work as the candidates vie for votes – because, in America -- Majority Rules.