It didn’t take long after the wrap-up of Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul for star Bob Odenkirk to return to AMC with his new eight-episode series, Lucky Hank, premiering March 19 on AMC And AMC Plus.
On Tuesday, AMC Networks released its spring slate across all of its channels and streaming service, including AMC, AMC Plus, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, HIDIVE, IFC, BBC America, Shudder, Sundance Now, Sundance TV and WE tv.
The announcements come on the heels of AMC Networks slashing costs across board, scrapping series, laying off staff, and seeing the departure of CEO Christina Spade after just three months on the job while AMC Networks Chairman James Dolan in December took over as interim executive chairman until a new CEO can be named.
In recent weeks, AMC has canceled such series as 61st Street, starring Courtney B. Vance, which had been greenlit for a second season, and Invitation to a Bonfire, starring Tatiana Maslany, which had already been put into production. Instead, AMC Networks seems to be focusing on its expanded universes, including The Walking Dead and properties it acquired from author Anne Rice.
AMC’s first Anne Rice property, Interview with the Vampire, debuted to critical praise, while Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, starring Alexandra Daddario (The White Lotus), was received less warmly by critics but premiered on January 8 to the biggest audience in AMC Plus’ history, according to Dan McDermott, AMC Studios head and president of original programming. A crossover between the two shows is planned, said Mark Johnson, executive producer of both shows, at TCA.
Lucky Hank, an original series not based on established characters or storylines, managed to survive the cuts. Besides Lucky Hank, the two biggest new series announcements came from The Walking Dead universe.
Original Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead returns for its eighth and final season in May, picking up in Padre where we last left Morgan (Lennie James) and Madison’s (Kim Dickens). Besides James and Dickens, Fear the Walking Dead also stars Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio, Christine Evangelista, Karen David, Jenna Elfman and Rubén Blades. It is executive produced by Walking Dead universe CEO Scott M. Gimple as well as showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, series creator Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Michael Satrazemis and David Alpert. The series is produced by AMC Studios.
In June, Walking Dead stars Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will return for new series The Walking Dead: Dead City. Dead City sees Maggie (Cohan) and Negan (Morgan) travel to post-apocalyptic Manhattan, which long ago has been cut off from the mainland.
Eli Jorné, who was a writer and co-executive producer on The Walking Dead for multiple seasons, is showrunner and executive producer of The Walking Dead: Dead City. Cohan and Morgan are also executive producers along with Brian Bockrath.
Coming later this year is the much-anticipated Norman Reedus-centered series, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, and another spinoff series starring original series star Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira (Black Panther) as the katana-wieiding Michonne is on tap for 2024.
AMC Networks also announced new programming across its other owned networks and services.
Acorn TV, which largely programs series originating from the UK, has two new series coming to the service – Mirs. Sidhu Investigates and Cannes Confidential – with Dalgliesh, based on P.D. James’ novels, returning for season two in April.
ALLBLK has two new series – a five-part docu-series about singer-songwriter Omarion titled Omega: Gift and Curse, which will also air on WE tv; and Judge Me Not, loosely based on the life of Judge Lynn Toler of syndication’s Divorce Court. It also has Double Cross, about a pair of siblings, returning for season four.
BBC America premieres four-part nature series Chasing the Rains on April 22, taking viewers through a part of Africa that sustains life through cycles of drought and dramatic rainfall. Season three of Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire, returns to the network in May.
IFC and Sundance Now share two new series this spring – Hullraisers, a British sitcom adapted from Israel about three sisters living and working in the Yorkshire city of Hull; and SisterS, a dark comedy created, written by and starring real-life best friends Sarah Goldberg (Barry) and Susan Stanley.
Also coming to Sundance Now is Black Snow, a six-part series from Australia starring Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Raised by Wolves), in February; six-part dark comedy Totally, Completely Fine starring Thomasin McKenzie and created and executive produced by The Great’s Gretel Vella, along with co-writers Keir Wilkins and Emme Hoy; and Irish thriller Clean Sweep, created by Preacher’s Gary Tieche and starring Charlene McKenna.
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