Murders central to cabler's two newest projects

AMC has greenlit a pair of drama pilots, the first time the cabler has placed two such orders simultaneously.

Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”) has written an untitled legal/political thriller that he will exec produce with Tony Goldwyn (“A Walk on the Moon”), who will direct. The drama centers on a district attorney who uncovers evidence that prompts the reopening of a sensational murder case, yielding a bevy of complications. AMC Studios is producing.

The second pilot, “Low Winter Sun,” is also launched by a murder — in this case, that of a Detroit police officer — with the story blurring the distinction between cops and criminals. Showrunner Chris Mundy (“Criminal Minds”) is adapting a 2006 two-part British miniseries written by Simon Donald that starred Mark Strong.

AMC Studios is co-producing “Low Winter” with Endemol Studios.

“Both of these shows represent an opportunity to continue what our existing scripted series have established so well — a commitment to great writing, and shows that tackle complex characters in a genuine and authentic way,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC exec veep of original programming, production and digital content. “Richard and Tony have collaborated on an explosive piece of storytelling that explores race and capital punishment in a way that transcends the legal genre; and Chris has captured the strength and intensity of the source material to create a muscular, Detroit-based character piece that explores the themes of such diverse stories as ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘Heat.’ ”

For AMC, the dual drama pilot orders come following a 2011 in which it ordered none. The cabler currently is airing the second season of “The Killing,” another drama with a murder as its igniting event — and also run by a “Cold Case” alum, Veena Sud.

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