AMC Has Canceled All But Two of Its Reality Shows in Order to Focus on Scripted Programming

AMC is scrapping nearly all of its reality programming in an effort to rebuild its scripted programming slate. According to The Hollywood Reporter, only two unscripted series will remain in AMC's lineup: the Chris Hardwick-hosted Walking Dead companion series Talking Dead and Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men

Despite previous renewals for Small Town SecurityGame of Armsand Freakshow, all three show have all been canceled, and Variety reports that 4th and Loud, a docuseries about the Los Angeles arena football team owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will not return once it finishes its first season. Additionally, AMC will not move forward with any of the reality projects it currently has in development

"Scripted originals are at the core of the AMC brand, iconic shows like Mad MenBreaking Bad, and The Walking Dead have driven AMC's evolution into a must-have television network," an AMC spokesperson told THR. "We are proud of our efforts in unscripted programming and the unique worlds we have been able to introduce, but in an environment of exploding content options for viewers, we have decided to make scripted programming our priority." Producers will now have the option to shop their respective shows to other networks.

AMC recently renewed The Walking Dead, its highest-rated series, for a sixth season, and has ordered second seasons of computer-revolution drama Halt and Catch FireRevolutionary War drama Turn, and upcoming Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. The network also has several scripted projects in development, including a Walking Dead companion series, the straight-to-series martial arts drama Badlands, and its first foray into comedy, the Boston-set sitcom We Hate Paul Revere.


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Nov 01, 2014
Thank you AMC. I am tired of reality tv that isn't even real.
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Oct 29, 2014
That's the way, AMC. I hope this is the beginning of the end for reality TV and its "stars."
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Oct 25, 2014
How the heck did that awful Comic Book Men get renewed?
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Oct 15, 2014
I'm behind AMC all the way with this decision. A&E should lose some of its reality crap series. Not The First 48.
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Oct 12, 2014
Scripted programming a priority? Wow, never thought I'd hear that. Good move.
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Oct 11, 2014
I must applaud them. I really hope this decision pays off and other networks follow suit....
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Oct 11, 2014
just means more reality shows for A&E Disc TLC and a few other networks unfortunately

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Oct 11, 2014
OMG, I thought I would never live to see the cancellation of reality shows, they seem to breed like roaches.
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Oct 11, 2014
GOOD! Now A&E needs to follow suit.
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Oct 11, 2014
the less reality shows the better. unless they're competitive like the ultimate fighter they shouldnt be on tv.
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Oct 10, 2014
Hey A&E, you paying attention? Glades...Longmire...bastids!
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Oct 10, 2014
Don't they need these shows in order to financially support the great, scripted ones?
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Oct 10, 2014
I wish all networks would do the same.
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Oct 10, 2014
Excellent news, I watch Comic Book Men so happy it survived but as a rule I'm completely against reality TV.
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Oct 25, 2014
I didn't realize anyone actually watched that crappy, annoying show.
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Oct 25, 2014
If nobody watched it then it would have been cancelled, wouldn't it?
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Oct 10, 2014
Excellent. May this finally start the death march of reality programming.
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Oct 10, 2014
Good desicion.
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Oct 10, 2014
Bro fist, AMC.
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Oct 10, 2014
Good.
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Oct 10, 2014

good call AMC. Reality shows are killing television! Television has swayed way too far away from scripted originals to scripted reality.
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Oct 10, 2014
Awesome news!
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Oct 10, 2014
This is fantastic news. Good work AMC Execs. Small Town Security was an abomination.
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Oct 10, 2014
Good to see that AMC is sobering up and finally realizing what a terrible idea dabbling in reality television was.
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Oct 10, 2014
AMC-execs I salute you on the best decision in TV programming ever.
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Oct 10, 2014
And Discovery Networks breathed a sigh of relief.
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Oct 10, 2014
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Oct 10, 2014
Bravo and E! still exist, don't they?
So, sadly... no.
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Oct 10, 2014
It's about time, but they could have cut Talking Dead and Comic Book Men too.
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Oct 10, 2014
No. Comic Book Men is very entertaining. Even for non comic book geeks like me.
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Oct 10, 2014
I've seen more than a season of the show and that was enough for me. It might be better if they animated it, like the Ricky Gervais Show.
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Oct 10, 2014
Finally a channel with sense. Reality tv is crap and not even good crap.
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Oct 10, 2014
I watch both of those shows that are still going so good news.
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Oct 10, 2014
This is what every channel should do!!
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Oct 10, 2014
AMC originally stood for American Movie Classics, IIRC. Haven't had any reason to watch it in 20 years.
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Oct 10, 2014
Never watched any of the reality shows from AMC. I have to wonder why they are continuing Smith's comic book show. Hopefully it is to appease him and they are working with him to create a show. I would enjoy a SciFi show from him or really anything.
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Oct 10, 2014
Great, I am all in favor of the mass murdering of all reality shows. The only thing that makes me nervous is that Hell On Wheels is not mentioned at all.
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Oct 10, 2014
GOOD! I don't even see a particular need for CBM or TD unless they wanted to continue them as web series, but hey, I guess they have their fans here and there. I think most of the viewership numbers TD gets is mostly just due to AMC holding off on upcoming TWD previews until midway into TD.
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