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.
Some developments regarding upcoming pay-cable series have been announced. First up, AMC has given series orders to a pair of pilots: Halt & Catch Fire and Turn. The former takes place during the 1980s computing boom and “is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.” Halt & Catch Fire is set in Texas’ Silicon Prairie and appears to be loosely based on the rise of Apple and Microsoft. The impressive cast is led by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Kerry Bishe, with Jonathan Lisco acting as showrunner. The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, with Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein acting as executive producers.
Hit the jump for more on AMC’s new Revolutionary War show Turn and Starz’s very early renewal of Michael Bay’s pirate series Black Sails.
AMC premiered what they are calling a “Countdown Mashup” (read: trailer) at the Breaking Bad Comic-Con panel earlier today, and now released the clip online. I don’t believe there is any new footage, but the trailer grabs all the big moments from the last five years and condenses the series arc into just two and a half minutes. It’s a great refresher if you are preparing for the return of Breaking Bad on August 11 and effectively whets the appetite for the final eight episodes.
I will miss Breaking Bad, but as the new slogan says, “All bad things must come to an end.” Watch the trailer after the jump.
One of the best Hall H panels I saw at Comic-Con last year was for The Walking Dead. While the show isn’t without its problems, the series’ Hall H panel was filled with intelligent, candid, and often humorous answers from the cast (it helps when Chris Hardwick is your moderator) and they also debuted the stellar first trailer for season three. The AMC series is returning once again to SDCC this year, and the network has released a new Comic-Con banner for the upcoming fourth season of the show. The new season will see yet another new showrunner take the reins, and I’m interested to see how the series will move forward given the events of last season’s finale. For now, though, I’m hopeful that this year’s Comic-Con panel will prove to be just as entertaining as last year’s.
Hit the jump to take a look at the poster, and check back here for our full recap of the show’s panel during Comic-Con. SDCC 2013 runs from July 18th – 21st. The Walking Dead season four will premiere on AMC this October. [Update: AMC has revealed which castmembers will be taking part in the Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 19th. More after the jump.]
While AMC only just wrapped a truly great penultimate season of Mad Men, I’m already counting down the days until new episodes of Breaking Bad return to the airwaves. The network has released a new poster for the final eight episodes of Vince Gilligan’s stellar drama, and Bryan Cranston’s Walter White is seen carrying a very stern warning. There’s no telling what Gilligan and Co. have in store for viewers as they wind down Walter White’s story, but if the previous five years are any indication, we’re in for another round of intense, emotional, and surprising storytelling from one of the best shows on TV. August can’t get here fast enough.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad will kick off on AMC Sunday, August 11th at 9/8c.
Mad Men wrapped up its sixth season last night with a stellar finale (read Allison’s recap here) that sets the AMC drama up for some fascinating developments in the show’s seventh and final season next year, and the superb hour also hit a ratings record for the series. Bringing in 2.7 million viewers and a 2.1 HH rating, “In Care Of” marked the show’s highest rated finale in history and was on par with season five’s record-setting 2.7 million viewers. Though the total viewership was down sharply from the season six premiere’s 3.4 million viewers, the series still averaged 2.5 million viewers for its penultimate season.