There’s about to be a pretty excruciating lull in Sunday television programming when True Detective concludes this weekend, but after the month-long wait is up, we’ll have new episodes of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men to pore over. AMC is gearing up its campaign for the latter, which kicks off the first half of its final season on April 13th. The first teaser trailer for season seven part one—or “The Beginning” as it’s titled—has landed online, and it’s unsurprisingly enigmatic. We see Jon Hamm’s Don Draper getting off of a plane, and given where Draper ended up at the end of last season, there’s absolutely no telling where we’ll find the character when the show returns. I’m still a bit irked that AMC is dividing the final season into two halves of seven episodes each, but I’m nevertheless looking forward to seeing how creator Matthew Weiner decides to close out the story of Don Draper.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. Mad Men returns for the first half of season seven on AMC Sunday, April 13th followed by the second half in spring 2015. [Update: We've also added the psychedelic poster for the new season after the jump.]
I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.
Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic Preacher has been on a long and winding road to reach either a big or a small screen. The 75-issue series begins with small town preacher Jesse Custer receiving the power to speak with the “Word of God” and command others to do his bidding, but the story then expands far beyond to include an Irish vampire, sadistic cousins who will fuck anything with a hole, a relentless and perverted operative, the “Saint of Killers” who can kill anything, and a character who, in a failed suicide attempt, blows his face off and takes on the name, “Arseface.” When the project was being developed by Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) in 2006 for HBO, the network passed because it was deemed “too dark and too violent and too controversial.” So now, in 2014, it will go to AMC with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) at the helm.
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A couple of days ago we saw plenty of news bits with regards to HBO’s upcoming programming, and today AMC announced some return dates and news nuggets at the network’s Television Critics Association panel. Here are the highlights.
- The first half of Mad Men’s final season, subtitled “The Beginning”, will premiere on Sunday, April 13th at 10/9c. The show’s concluding season has been split into two seven-episode halves, with the final batch—“The End of an Era”—set to debut Spring 2015.
- The new Revolutionary War drama series Turn will bow on Sunday, April 6th with a 90-minute debut.
- The fourth season of Hell on Wheels will debut this summer alongside the new drama series Halt and Catch Fire, which takes place in the early 1980s and revolves around the rise of the PC era.
- The Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul will premiere sometime this November. Bob Odenkirk stars with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan onboard as executive producer.
- The Chris Hardwick-hosted talk show Talking Dead has been granted a fifth season, to debut alongside the fifth season of The Walking Dead this October.
Hit the jump to check out a new trailer and some new images from Turn.
AMC has released a new trailer for the upcoming new drama series Turn. Set during the Revolutionary War, the show centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. It’s a unique angle with which to approach a Revolutionary War drama, and though this trailer is quite brief, the footage gleaned thus far is highly promising. Moreover, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt helmed the pilot.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The show also stars Seth Numrich, Heather Lind, Meegan Warner, Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Field, and Samuel Roukin. Turn will premiere on AMC in spring 2014.
Last night during the winter finale of The Walking Dead (read Dave’s recap here), AMC unveiled the first trailer for its new upcoming drama series Turn, and it’s now available online for all to see. Billed as “the untold story of America’s first spy ring,” the show begins in the summer of 1778 and centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. It’s definitely a different kind of series for AMC, but the network is at a bit of a crossroads with Breaking Bad gone and Mad Men ending in 2015, so they’re no doubt looking for another breakout hit to go alongside The Walking Dead, which will probably run for many, many more years.
The brief teaser for Turn is indeed promising, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this spy thriller set in the 18th century has to offer. The show also stars Seth Numrich, Heather Lind, Meegan Warner, Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Field, and Samuel Roukin. Turn will premiere on AMC in spring 2014.
With ratings that continually rival even the network juggernauts like The Big Bang Theory, it was only a matter of time before AMC announced a spinoff of its zombie series The Walking Dead. That’s just what happened a few months ago, when the network unveiled plans to develop a “companion series” that will follow an entirely new group of characters in the same zombie-infested universe that continues to plague Sad Rick, Maybe-Psychopath Carl, and the rest of the Georgia-based gang. Comics creator and TWD producer Robert Kirkman is executive producing the companion series alongside fellow Walking Dead producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, but beyond a 2015 premiere date details have been scarce.
Now a new report claims to have inside info on the possible premise of the new Walking Dead series, which may actually take place before the events of the current show. Read on after the jump.
In a surprise to absolutely no one, AMC has renewed the ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead for a fifth season. This year’s season four premiere drew an insane 16.1 million viewers, making the show not just a force of nature on cable TV but also a serious threat to network TV; we’re talking Big Bang Theory numbers, people. The show has continually risen in the ratings since its debut in 2010, and it appears that no amount of showrunner changes or character deaths will deter viewers from watching. Creatively, the current fourth season has been a mostly positive mixed bag as the series’ focus has turned to various tensions within the ever-dwindling group of survivors (catch up with Dave’s recaps here).
Hit the jump for more on the renewal, including some behind-the-scenes news for next year.
Showrunner changes be damned, audiences love themselves some The Walking Dead. Last night’s season four premiere of the AMC series drew a whopping 16.1 million viewers, which smashes the show’s previous record of 12.4 million viewers for the season three finale. That’s an astonishing number not just for cable TV but for all of television in general, as it’s just shy of last week’s numbers for The Big Bang Theory (17.64 million viewers), which is consistently one of the biggest performers on the tube.
The episode itself seemed to be met with a somewhat mixed response overall (read Dave’s recap here), but there was still plenty of promising material to be found in Scott Gimple’s debut as the series’ new showrunner. AMC must be thrilled, as the network just recently announced a new Walking Dead companion series to debut in 2015 in an effort to soften the blow of losing Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
Sadly, Breaking Bad comes to an end this Sunday with the show’s 75-minute series finale. While it will be tough to say goodbye to such a brilliant series, AMC will attempt to ease the pain very shortly with the season four premiere of The Walking Dead on October 13th. In anticipation of the debut, the network has released a large batch of high-resolution images from the upcoming season, as well as some nifty promo images of the main castmembers—including newcomer Larry Gilliard Jr. (The Wire) as Bob Stookey.
Hit the jump to peruse the images. Season four of The Walking Dead begins on AMC Sunday, October 13th.
The Walking Dead is one of AMC’s biggest hits, and once Mad Men and Breaking Bad finish their runs within the next year, it will be the network’s marquee title. Since new concepts are risky, AMC is going to as close to a sure-fire bet as they can get with another Walking Dead (in addition to the “Better Call Saul”/Breaking Bad prequel series). Variety reports that author Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert are working on a “companion series” (is this what we’re calling spin-offs now?) that would air in 2015. The new series would feature a new story and new characters, but presumably the same ‘ol rascally zombies. Kirkman added that the new series would be completely from scratch and not from his comic books.
The fourth season of The Walking Dead will premiere on October 13th.
AMC has canceled the drama series The Killing for the second time. The slow-burn serial killer mystery was canceled after its second season following negative reviews and dwindling viewership, but AMC subsequently changed its mind and renewed the show for a third season. This past season marked a major improvement for the series overall, buoyed by a stellar guest acting turn by Peter Sarsgaard. But alas, the creative upswing wasn’t enough as viewership was basically flat with season two, and now Deadline reports that AMC has cancelled the show for good this time. The series starred Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos and was run by executive producer Veena Sud.
As October looms closer, so does a new season of AMC’s ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead. The network has released a new key art image/poster from the upcoming fourth season, suggesting some sort of break from the prison that was so “safe” last year—even though the trailer for the upcoming season shows Rick and the group settling into a very comfortable lifestyle at the correctional facility. The official synopsis for the season teases that “the group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous.”
Hit the jump to check out the new poster. Season four of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC Sunday, October 13th at 9/8c.
Last night’s premiere of the final eight Breaking Bad episodes ever shattered the AMC series’ previous ratings record. “Blood Money” netted a whopping 5.9 million viewers, eclipsing the drama series’ previous record of 3 million viewers for last year’s penultimate episode. Clearly fans made it a point of catching up on the show in the months since last year’s finale, as having the twists and turns of the final episodes of this brilliant drama spoiled would be rather unfortunate. It helps that the show has been available on Netflix’s Instant Watch for a few months, allowing subscribers to adequately prepare for the end. If you missed Allison’s recap of last night’s excellent episode, click here.
At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, show creator Vince Gilligan was there to promote the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, which premiere on August 11th, and reflect back on the five-season run of the critically acclaimed and passionately loved series. During the interview, he talked about which actor most influenced their character, how he originally envisioned things ending for Walter White, the documentary for the last season that will be included on the Blu-ray, whether he read any of the massive amounts of coverage the show got during its run, and the status of the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) spin-off series. Check out what he had to say after the jump.