In addition to greenlighting the accompanying talk show to 'Breaking Bad', the network renews 'Talking Dead' and is developing seven scripted series.
AMC has finally revealed the midseason premiere date of the fifth and last installment of "Breaking Bad". At its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday, April 17, the cable channel announced that the crime drama series would return with the final eight episodes starting Sunday, August 11 at 9 P.M. ET/PT.
The network also announced a new weekly half-hour talk show, "Talking Bad", that will air live following "Breaking Bad" episode. It is modeled after "Talking Dead", a companion to "The Walking Dead", which has just been picked up for a third season.
In addition to "Talking Dead", AMC has also renewed Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men" for a third season, and "Freakshow" for a second season. Also announced at the presentation was the network's spring and summer premiere dates, as well as three unscripted series and seven scripted series in development.
AMC's spring and summer premiere dates:
- "Small Town Security" - Thursday, May 9 at 10 P.M.
- "Showville" - Thursday, May 23 at 9 P.M.
- "Breaking Bad" - Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9 P.M.
- "Low Winter Sun" - Sunday, Aug. 11 at 10 P.M.
- "Owner's Manual" - Thursday, Aug. 15 at 9 P.M.
- "The Pitch" - Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 P.M.
- "Majority Rules". From Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman, it is a docuseries that focuses on the democratic process from All3 Media America.
- "All-Star Celebrity Bowling". An adaptation of the Nerdist web series of the same name featuring stars competing for charity.
- "Cancelled". A social experiment tracking how far people will go for fame.
- "King". From executive producers Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, it's a drama set in 1960s about King Carmichael, a segregationist-turned-civil rights advocate.
- "Ashland". Set in 1950 in Ashland, it follows the Evans family who has just relocated from California and the matriarch struggles to hide her family's secrets while trying to support her three children. Allison Anders and Terry Graham will write and executive produce, with Shana Eddy as co-EP.
- "White City". From Tom Freston and writers Nick McDonell and John Dempsey, 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, it's a drama about two brothers who 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. Dahvi Waller writes and executive produces.
- 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. David Kanter and Matt DeRoss will executive producer, with Tim Lea as writer and executive producer.
- "The Wall". Set in 1960s Berlin, it centers on an American businessman who becomes embroiled in a web of East-West espionage. Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton will write and executive produce alongside Red Arrow and Alan Greenspan.
- "Ballistic City". It a futuristic drama about a former cop who is thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world. Joseph Kosinski will direct and executive producer alongside Travis Beacham (also writer), Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar.