AMC Is Getting More Real With an Arm-wrestling Reality Show and Another Season of Small Town Security

One of television's most-prestigious networks has decided to continue taking the easy money and pooping all over the arts. Okay, that may be a little harsh, because it's just trying to make money and there's nothing wrong with that. But AMC, home of Best Dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad and monster hit The Walking Dead, has greenlit a reality show about arm wrestling. Arm wrestling! 

The 10-episode series is called King of Arms and follows individual members of different arm-wrestling clubs (there are arm-wrestling clubs!) as they travel the country in competitive put-a-guy's-hand-on-the-table. It will debut early next year and follow the second half of The Walking Dead' Season 4, giving it immediate leverage (that's arm-wrestling lingo).  

AMC has also renewed Small Town Security for a third season. The reality series follows a family-run private security and private investigation company in Ringgold, Georgia. 

We've seen AMC's plan of becoming a major player in the cable field played out to perfection. The network spent its early years building a reputation with critically acclaimed programs to get its name out there, and now it's moving into money-making reality shows and spin-offs. Since 2012, AMC has brought eight new unscripted series to life (King of Arms will be its ninth). In that same period, Low Winter Sun represents the network's only new scripted series, but AMC does have Halt & Catch Fire and Turn in development. 


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What the Heck Is Going On at AMC?


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What exactly is Amc doing
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AMC has done nothing but disappoint me in development. But I do love the Saul Goodman spinoff idea. I would love to see Vince be able to create something out of it. But I am skeptical and its not even completely a done deal yet either. I hope it works.
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AMC: Story Doesn't Matter Anymore (but the money does)

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AMC: Something Less
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And so the downturn of AMC begins...
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If you feel the need to watch this, please kill yourself. That is all...
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The arm-wrestling proposal sounds like something Spike passed on as they went over the next reality show they'd like at first and hate days later..
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Your mistaake was in thinking that AMC was "classy"... Mad Men was an exercise in empty PR and frankly, it will be very unpopular to say that, but so was Breaking Bad.

AMC has one hit: a Zombie show. I give them props for the amazing job of retooling they did (it's something that practically never works) but that's about all they're remarkable for apart from their constant PR and ageism in their press communications (not something that's classy).
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Very true. They went straight for the "prestige" label to build buzz. It has done a great job of getting AMC in the press but hasn't made them enough money. So now they're cashing in on low class garbage. Also they don't seem to be able to create a single good show anymore; not since The Walking Dead premiered.
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I'm very glad that a picture from "Over The Top" was used for this article...because if it didn't I was at the ready to oblige :P .
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I'm sorry this article even exists...
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I'll rather watch an arm-wrestling reality show than Mad Men
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Good point. It would be more interesting.

anything is more interesting than watching Jon Hamm's frozen face.
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I'd rather watch an arm-wrestling show than The Walking Dead. There'd be more suspense in it anyway.
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TWD is a suspense lacking, no carchter depth, sometimes good sometimes bad show, and I can live with that. But Mad Men is a complete snorefest, with horrible carachters, a bunch of pretty customes and is regarded as one of the best tv shows along with Breaking Bad.
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I've never watched Mad Men, so I can't agree or disagree with you there. But the fact that I've never felt compelled to watch it maybe speaks for itself.
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Finally, a few people who don't adore The Walking Dead. The title says it all
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They are going to announce a spin off for this show tomorrow - Arm Wrestlers Wives
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How much longer before AMC creates "Battle of the AMC reality show stars"?
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Also brilliant!
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You've done it again, GC--fucking brilliant. Only problem is, you're probably right!
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Over the top, baby. Sounds very manly. I'll check it out. :)
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