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AMC orders unscripted series ‘Owner’s Manual’

Cabler to load up Thursdays with original reality fare starting in Feb.

AMC has greenlit unscripted skein “Owner’s Manual,” ordering eight half-hour episodes from Asylum Entertainment.

“Manual” pits Ed Sanders (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Marcus Hunt (“Hammer Heads”) against each other as they attempt to create and operate advanced machinery and technology, with one man using the owner’s manual, the other going on instinct.

“The minute we saw this show, we knew it was a great concept,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s exec veep of original programming, production and digital content. “Every adult in the world falls into one of two categories. You either read the owner’s manual or you don’t.”

Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Alex Piper and Jerry McNutt are exec producers of “Manual,” which is slated to bow in the third quarter next year.

AMC also revealed that it will load up its Thursday primetime sked with original unscripted series, starting Feb. 14 with the reality shows “Comic Book Men,” “Freakshow” and “Immortalized.” AMC’s other unscripted series, “The Pitch,” “Small Town Security” and “Road Show,” will air on Thursdays later in 2013.

“We have made Sundays a true destination for our award-winning original dramas,” Stillerman said. “We are excited to have Thursday night as the new home for unscripted on AMC as we continue to showcase distinct storytelling that explores authentic characters and original worlds.”

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