AMC Sets BETTER CALL SAUL Premiere Date for February 8th; Will Air on Monday Nights

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Still reeling from the conclusion of Breaking Bad?  Not to worry, a Better Call Saul premiere date has officially been set for the upcoming spinoff series.  AMC has announced that the hourlong prequel series focusing on morally ambiguous lawyer Saul Goodman (played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk) will debut on Sunday, February 8th at 10pm, which is familiar territory to BB fans.  However, the second episode of Better Call Saul will air the following night, February 9th at 10pm, and the series itself will call Mondays at 10pm home for the remainder of its 10-episode first season.  More on the show after the jump.

AMC Renews HELL ON WHEELS for Split Fifth and Final Season to Air in 2015 and 2016

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There’s good news and bad news for fans of AMC’s Western series Hell on Wheels.  The good news is that Hell on Wheels Season 5 has officially been ordered.  The bad news is the show has also effectively been canceled.  THR reports that the cable network has commissioned 14 final episodes for the series, which will be split into two half-seasons as per AMC’s annoying new tradition.  The first half of Season 5 will air next summer, while the second half will air in Summer 2016.  This is the same strategy that was employed for the final seasons of both Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and serves to pad out AMC’s original programming content while the network tries to get a new hit series off the ground.  More after the jump.

AMC Acquires Spy Drama THE NIGHT MANAGER Starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie; Hulu Orders Original Series CASUAL from Jason Reitman

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We have a couple of brief TV acquisition stories for you today.  First up, as we reported earlier this month, the BBC is developing a limited-series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager.  The espionage drama, which will star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend.  Given the lead actors, the source material’s author, and the premise, it’s no wonder that the series ignited a bidding war.  According to THR, AMC has won the U.S. distribution rights, which is good thing for the cable network considering they’re hard up for quality programming now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is almost finished (Better Call Saul might be good, but it will be compared to one of TV’s greatest shows right out the gate).  Granted, The Night Manager is a limited series (probably six to eight episodes), but it will likely be a huge draw for the network nonetheless.

Hit the jump for other TV news regarding director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) setting up the new original comedy series Casual for Hulu.

Adam Davidson to Direct the Pilot Episode of THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Series

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AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series just locked a director for the pilot episode and he’s an Academy Award winner!  Adam Davidson snagged the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film back in 1991 for The Lunch Date and, ever since, he’s been racking up TV credits.  He’s worked on a slew of shows including Lost, Deadwood, Dexter, True Blood, Fringe, Big Love, Masters of Sex and so many more.

Davidson is expected to start shooting his Walking Dead companion series episode late this year.  Hit the jump for more on the show and Davidson.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Premiere Shatters Ratings Records with 17.3 Million Viewers

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In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear from the fact that it got a Season 6 renewal before its current season even started, The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere ratings prove that the AMC drama series isn’t going anywhere soon.  Last night’s episode (read Dave’s recap here) drew a series high 17.3 million viewers, besting its previous record of 16.1 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere by over 1 million viewers.  Moreover, in the all-important 18-49 demo, the episode notched an 8.8 rating.  By comparison, that’s nearly double the highest rating for any entertainment programming last week, as The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.5 rating in the demo on CBS.

Even if you’re not a fan of The Walking Dead (and I’m really not), you have to admit that these numbers are insane.  In an age where more and more people are consuming television from a variety of different platforms on a delayed schedule, the fact that a basic cable show can pull in these kinds of numbers is staggering.  Watch a sneak peek for next week’s episode after the jump.

Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman Tease “Heartbreaking” and “Kick Ass” THE WALKING DEAD Season 5

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Currently one of the most popular and most talked about shows on TV is AMC’s The Walking Dead, now in its fifth season and already picked up for a sixth.  As part of PaleyFest NY, the ultimate TV fan festival, executive producers Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman spoke about the series that they’re clearly proud of and passionate about, as well as very grateful to the fans for all of the success of.

During the interview, they talked about the theme for Season 5, described the season in five words, being on the same page as the actors who know their roles so well, that Season 5 follows the comic closer than any season has before, what aspects of the comic they’re excited to get to, adding new characters and characters from the comic this season, providing answers to the questions about Terminus right away, telling Beth’s story, and introducing Negan at some point.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

THE WALKING DEAD Renewed for Sixth Season

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Just ahead of the season five premiere, AMC has officially renewed The Walking Dead for a sixth season.  This is a show we should just assume is set to auto-renew.  With Breaking Bad over and Mad Men headed to its final episodes, AMC is clinging to the zombie series, which will be the network’s only bona fide hit unless a new series breaks out.  I’m sure Better Call Saul will premiere big, but will it be able to hold on to its audience?  Right now, this is a network that needed to renew Halt and Catch Fire despite low ratings, so there’s no way they’re going to let The Walking Dead die.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The fifth season of The Walking Dead premieres October 12th

THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Character Descriptions Reveal Level-Headed Parents and Rebellious Teens

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Since AMC’s The Walking Dead is currently the highest rated drama series on all of television in the coveted 18-49 demo, it was only a matter of time before AMC expanded the brand.  The network announced plans for a Walking Dead spin-off last year, and officially ordered a pilot for the potential series earlier this month.  With the wheels in motion to finally move forward on this new corner of the Walking Dead universe, character descriptions for the pilot episode have landed online that give us a few hints as to what we may expect from the Walking Dead companion series.  We previously heard that the new show might be a prequel of sorts, focusing on the early efforts to combat the zombie infection in its infancy, and these character descriptions appear to corroborate that information.

Hit the jump to read the Walking Dead spin-off character descriptions, which seem to have a heavy focus on family.

AMC Orders THE WALKING DEAD Companion Series Pilot Episode

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We first told you about AMC’s plan to develop a Walking Dead companion series about a year ago and now the network is finally moving forward with it.  It didn’t get a straight-to-series order like Better Call Saul, but AMC did give the show’s pilot episode the go-ahead.  It’s said to be set in the same zombie apocalypse environment as the original show, but this iteration will focus on brand new characters in an entirely different area.

We’ve seen spinoff series before, but the idea of a “companion” show could put an interesting spin on the scenario.  I know I’ve often wondered what other survivors are up to and, according to AMC President Charlie Collier, so do many other viewers.  Hit the jump for more on The Walking Dead companion series.

Stephen Gaghan Set to Direct the Pilot for AMC’s Geopolitical Drama WHITE CITY

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Academy Award winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan is a busy guy right now.  Not only does he have Matthew McConaughey nearing a deal to star in his upcoming feature, Gold, but now he’s also gearing up to direct and executive produce an AMC pilot, too.  It’s called White City and is being described as a geopolitical drama about Western diplomats and journalists in Afghanistan.  We last reported on it well over a year ago when it was amongst a list of shows AMC had in development.

The concept comes from co-writers and co-executive producers Nick McDonell and John Dempsey.  McDonell wrote the book Twelve, which was adapted into a film that hopefully you’ve forgotten by now.  He also worked as a journalist, covering Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dempsey is a former resident of Kabul who became a senior advisor on Afghanistan.  Hit the jump for more on what they’ve got in the works.

AMC Renews HALT AND CATCH FIRE for Season 2

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After the season finale only accumulated 574,000 viewers, it looked as though AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire would never make it to season 2.  On top of that, the only time it broke a million viewers was season premiere night.  Otherwise, the numbers ranged from 970,000 down to a lackluster 550,000.  But, it turns out, AMC still has faith in the series because it was just renewed and will air again next summer.

For those of you who have missed out, Halt and Catch Fire picks up about a year after IBM unleashes the very first IBM personal computer.  Lee Pace leads as Joe MacMillan, an ex-IBM executive who’s determined to beat them to it, even if it means running the risk of getting into some serious trouble in the process.  Hit the jump for more on the Halt and Catch Fire season 2 renewal.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Trailer and Comic-Con Panel Recap: Cast and Producers Tease “Spectacular Scope”

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With Breaking Bad over and the second half of Mad Men’s final season poised to wrap up next spring, AMC has struggled a bit to find original programming to match its early successes.  That said, one new show hit really, really, really big.  Entering its fifth season this fall, The Walking Dead is not only a ratings juggernaut on cable television, it also gives network favorites like The Big Bang Theory a run for their money in terms of viewership.  Despite a sort of revolving door of showrunners and behind-the-scenes skirmishes, the ratings have continued to grow and its commercial popularity remains higher than ever.  With a spinoff series in the works as well, The Walking Dead franchise is likely to keep AMC afloat for quite some time.

As they do every year, much of The Walking Dead cast (yes, even Norman Reedus) and executive producers Scott M. GimpleRobert KirkmanGale Anne HurdDave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero made the journey to Comic-Con earlier this Friday to preview the upcoming season and reveal the first trailer.  Watch the first The Walking Dead season 5 trailer after the jump, along with my full Comic-Con panel recap. The series returns on Sunday, October 12th on AMC.

New THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Images and Character Poster Released

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The Walking Dead will be part of the Hall H madness at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 25th where it will unveil an official sneak preview of season 5, but until then, how about some images from the new season?  EW’s got three of them, one of which features Rick (Andrew Lincoln) looking all serious, another of Carol (Melissa McBride) holding a peaceful baby Judith and finally, a shot of poor Daryl (Norman Reedus) looking anything but peaceful.

Hit the jump to check out all of those Walking Dead season 5 images as well as a character banner featuring the whole gang including Lincoln as Rick, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Reedus as Daryl, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford.

AMC Renews TURN for a Second Season

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Well at least one of AMC’s new series will be returning next season.  With no more Breaking Bad to look forward to and facing the end of Mad Men next spring, AMC has given a season two order to the Revolutionary War drama Turn, which debuted earlier this year.  The show revolves around America’s first spy ring, as Jamie Bell plays a farmer-turned-secret agent living in Long Island, working to aid George Washington and turn the tide of the war.  I haven’t seen the show yet myself, but I’ve heard positive things.

The ratings for Turn haven’t been through the roof, but they’ve been solid enough.  On the other hand, AMC’s other new drama, Halt and Catch Fire, has not been faring as well.  The show had promise with its intriguing premise and talented cast, but it’s thus far failed to really take off (its Mad Men/Breaking Bad ripoff vibe is certainly off-putting).  Regardless, the ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead returns this fall, and though Better Call Saul was postponed to early 2015, AMC has already given the Breaking Bad spinoff a season two order.

HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: AMC Hopes That Building a Computer Will Make for High Drama

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With Breaking Bad having wrapped up, and Mad Men only seven episodes away from the conclusion of its run, AMC is surely hoping that Halt and Catch Fire will prove to be its next prestige drama.  It didn’t quite pan out with Rubicon or Low Winter Sun, but then again, those shows didn’t feature Lee Pace.  Halt and Catch Fire is stylish, and takes place in the 1980s, when the computer wars seemed to be over, and IBM was left wearing the crown.  But at the mid-level Cardiff Electric, Pace’s savvy and suave Joe MacMillan looks to make a name for himself by challenging that Goliath (the show is essentially a reworked story of the birth of Compaq).  Hit the jump for why “computers aren’t the thing.  They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.”

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