Also, murder mystery “The Killing” is looking extremely likely for a second season pickup. Show, from Fox Television Studios, premiered to 2.7 million viewers April 3 in its two-hour premiere and has been a steady performer. Sunday’s episode drew 2 million viewers.
Network recently went through a “bake-off,” where writers pitched their creative vision to AMC execs. Purpose of the meeting was to see where the stories would go over a season-long arc.
Unlike any other cabler, AMC has a history of greenlighting all their pilots to series. “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Rubicon” and “The Killing” all got the go-ahead from AMC president Charlie Collier, who had confidence to give it a full order. Up next is “Hell on Wheels,” about the Transcontinental Railroad.
Only exception is “The Walking Dead,” which was given a six-episode order without a pilot.
According to insiders, AMC is tamping down on pilots not because of any financial restraint. With “Hell on Wheels” on tap and all shows continuing on — except for the one-season-and-out “Rubicon” — the slate is reaching a saturation point. The net only offers originals on Sunday nights.
Shows in development include “The Man With the Golden Ears,” from writer Scott Rosenberg, about a former big-time record executive trying to find the next music superstar while, at the same time, dealing with a tumultuous personal life.
There was also John Shiban’s “The Voyage,” where humans interact with an alien life form, and “The 4th Estate,” from writer and ex-MTV correspondent Gideon Yago. Project centered on a journalist who, while investigating a Washington, D.C., scandal, finds his own life being turned upside down.
Others scripts were “The Wreck,” “American Made” and an untitled racing project.
Though these six are not going forward now, there is still a possibility AMC will go give them a series order at a future date. For the time being, however, cabler is satisfied with its current lineup.
“Breaking Bad” is set to launch its fourth season in July, “The Walking Dead” will preem its second season in October and “Mad Men” will likely begin again in 2012 following contentious negotiations between Lionsgate, AMC and showrunner Matthew Weiner.