AMC Renews Comic Book Men and Freakshow, Sets a Premiere Date for Low Winter Sun, Plus Other Non-Breaking Bad News

Of course the most massive news out of AMC today was the premiere date for the final stretch of Breaking Bad and the addition of Talking Bad, a post-Breaking Bad talk show in the spirit of Talking Dead. But did you know that AMC has other shows beyond just Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead? I just found out!

At its upfront presentation in New York today, AMC dumped a month's worth of news on the world, including renewals, premiere dates, and series in development. Let's get right to 'em!


RENEWALS

Congratulations to Comic Book Men, Talking Dead, and Freakshow... you're all coming back for new seasons! That's a third season for Talking Dead and Comic Book Men, and a second season for Freakshow, the reality program that follows a Venice Beach sideshow. There's no word on Immortalized, the reality show about taxidermy that launched alongside Freakshow



IN DEVELOPMENT

With Mad Men and Breaking Bad approaching their end dates, AMC opened up the cupboard and realized, "Uh-oh. We need some new shows." The network has put seven scripted series in development so that it isn't stuck airing Die Hard 2 over and over. Here they are, with their official loglines:

Ballistic City – A futuristic drama, Ballistic City is the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational spaceship destined for an unknown world. 

King – 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. 

Ashland  – 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. 

White City – The drama series follows western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan. 

Untitled Dahvi Waller Project – 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 – 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. 

The Wall – In 1960s Berlin, an American businessman becomes embroiled in a web of East-West espionage. 

AMC is also beefing up its reality slate, putting three unscripted series into development. We may as well look at those while we're here:

Majority Rules – A docu-style, unscripted series that celebrates the American democratic process. At the most grassroots level, whether it's an election for president of the birdwatchers club or a small-town city council, it will take a lighthearted look at democracy at work as the candidates vie for votes, because in America, Majority Rules

All-Star Celebrity Bowling – (Previously announced, from Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick's production company.) Take a guess! 

Cancelled – A social experiment that will attempt to determine just how far people will really go for fame. Over the course of eight weeks, six households will be outfitted with cameras that will give them the chance to compete for ratings that will determine which household has the most-watched reality show. 




PREMIERE DATES

Hey, AMC has a summer, too. Here's the rundown of premiere dates for the network's warm season. 

May 9The Season 2 premiere of Small Town Security

May 23 – The series premiere of Showville, a reality competition following small-town talent shows.

June 2The Season 3 premiere of The Killing

August 3The Season 3 premiere of Hell on Wheels

August 11The final season premiere of Breaking Bad, the series premiere of Talking Bad, and the series premiere of Low Winter Sun (pictured above), a drama about a cop who gets embroiled in the Detroit criminal underworld. Lennie James and Mark Strong star (see a trailer here!).

August 15 – The series premiere of Owner's Manual, a reality show in which two men attempt to operate complicated machinery and technology with one man using the instruction manual and the other winging it. Also, the Season 2 premiere of advertising reality show The Pitch.


That was a lot of news, guys! Which bit are you most excited about?

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May 13, 2013
tthe waller proyect and The Wall sound great but The wall isnt on the vote list
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Apr 18, 2013
Ballistic City sounds the best. I hope it becomes a series.
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Apr 18, 2013
Shows set in the 50s and 60s and more reality garbage? PASS.
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Apr 18, 2013
Ballistic City probably sounds coolest, but the synopsis there is still too broad for me to really get psyched about it.

White City could be cool... but I hate the name.
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Apr 18, 2013
Untitled Tim Lea/Anonymous Content Project sound good and Cancelled sounds like it's going to be cancelled very soon.
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Apr 18, 2013
I think The Wall sounds good, but I can't vote for it :(
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Apr 18, 2013
Mein Gott, the liability insurance on Owner's Manual must be insanely high. Either that or the liability waivers will be an inch thick...or just a single sentence saying "I understand that I'll get nuthin' from no one if I lose one or more limbs in the process."

Will Ballistic City be set on a cool, guitar-shaped ship? If so, I look forward to its soundtrack.
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Apr 18, 2013
Both the Untitled Tim Lea/Anonymous Content Project and Ballistic City sound interesting. If they actually happen I'll check them out.
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Apr 18, 2013
All-Star Celebrity Bowling. I'm excited. And I'm not even kidding.
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Apr 18, 2013
I'm telling you, Celebrity Bowling is going to be awesome.
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Apr 18, 2013
I'm guessing you're applying to work for NBC's creative development section.
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Apr 18, 2013
Yeah right, like NBC could develop something simple that works. I had to sit through the last 3 minutes of "Ready for Love" the other day, not only was it bad for its genre, it was overly complicated so nothing made sense - why are they being sucked into the ground to talk about their feelings?!?

By insulting Celebrity Bowling, you're not hurting me, you're only hurting yourself. Gonna be hilarious, Chris Hardwick is both a funny guy AND the son of a pro bowler.
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Apr 18, 2013
To be fair, you can go check out some clips of the Celebrity Bowling already on Youtube on the Nerdist channel, and they are hilarious. I had stitches in my side after some of the clips. It could work as a show, maybe. We'll see.
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Apr 18, 2013
Aw why the hell are they not bring Breaking Bad back until Aug. 11. It's sooo faaaar awaaaaay. Jesus.
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Apr 21, 2013
So that AMC can get everything it can out of Breaking Bad, cause once that and Mad Men die off, AMC will have nothing but Walking Dead left cause ALL of these other shows (reality included) sould like they are going to suck. AMC is going to go from an up and coming network to an Ill relevant network again.
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Apr 17, 2013
A couple seem promising but not Cancelled--it reminds me of that infamous psych experiment where study volunteers were instructed to inflict pain (it was faked but they really thought they were administering pain) on other people. It's surprising what people will do when told
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Apr 18, 2013
Haha, ditto on Cancelled - 1st thing I thought when I read the logline, "This is going to end badly." Dark Matters actually did a pretty fun segment on the Stanford prison experiment (S02E06).
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Apr 18, 2013
I'll have to check that out
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Apr 17, 2013
Cancelled just sounds like YouTube.
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Apr 17, 2013
wow totally didn't notice that both breaking bad and madmen were ending soon :/ and since I never watch the walking dead cept for Halloween idk what Ill be watching on AMC. Some of these sound really interesting yet at the same time they sound like they could get stupid really fast, whatever ill still prob check them all out
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Apr 17, 2013
Rubicon!!!
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Apr 18, 2013
Despite its glacial pacing, I really did want to see where that was headed. It took almost its entire first season for me to even begin to get what it was about, yet I found it oddly alluring.
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Apr 18, 2013
That is what I enjoyed so much about it. We weren't going to get the whole story in the first season and I doubt we would have in the second season. It would have been a nice, slow conspiracy to unravel of seasons.
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Apr 17, 2013
COMIC BOOK MEN!!!!! Yeessss! Awsome show!
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Apr 17, 2013
A whole bunch of period piece dramas and even a new sci-fi cop show, AMC's future prospects are looking grand!
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Apr 17, 2013
Low Winter Sun should be well worth watching with James and Strong.
The newly penned dramas sound a tad desperate to set old and well trodden stories in new guise. And reality, let's not go there for the sake of the gene pool.
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Apr 17, 2013
If AMC has the integrity and wisdom everyone believes it possesses, it will not walk but run away from ever airing Celebrity Bowling in its lineup...unless it crosses over with Walking Dead and shows the celebs fighting off hungry zombies while trying to pick up a 7-10 split...lol...
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Apr 18, 2013
Lame idea, maybe, but it pales in comparison to Immortalized, whose very premise almost defies belief.
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Apr 17, 2013
Shame on you for knowing what a 7-10 split is :p
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