Series on taxidermy, 'Freakshow' to premiere next year

AMC has given a second season to “The Pitch” and ordered a reality series on taxidermy as well as “Venice Beach Freakshow.”

“The Pitch,” from Studio Lambert, is a real-world complement to “Mad Men” in which ad agencies look to land top clients. Net has ordered eight hourlong episodes and will air the new season in the second quarter next year. Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Phil Lott, Brien Meagher and Aaron Saidman exec produce.

From Go Go Luckey Entertainment comes a half-hour competition series in which contestants seek to create the best work in the field of taxidermy. Exec producers are Gary Auerbach, Julie Auerbach, Tina Gazzerro and Henry Capanna. Net has ordered eight episodes, which are set to debut early next year.

Also set to premiere in the first quarter is “Venice Beach Freakshow.” Skein centers on former music producer Todd Ray as he pursues his dream to own and operate his own collection of bizarre acts that would draw attention on the famed Venice, Calif., boardwalk. Series is produced by Endemol USA, with Todd Ray and Greg Johnston exec producing.

Cabler has ordered eight half-hour episodes.

In addition to a slate of scripted fare that includes “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” The Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels” (“The Killing” was canceled in July), net is trying to add more low-cost reality programming to its lineup. Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” will return for a second season in October.

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