AMC is mobbing up their programming slate with “Making of the Mob: New York,” which will premiere in the summer, the cabler announced on Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
AMC also confirmed it has secured U.S. and Canadian rights to the BBC production “The Night Manager,” starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston and directed by Susanne Bier.
“Making of the Mob” is an eight-part docudrama that begins in 1905 and spans more than 50 years, tracing the original five families that led to the modern American Mafia, including the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.
Leading into each of the eight hourlong episodes will be a mob drama from the archives of AMC’s annual “Mob Week,” and will feature interviews with historians, authors, actors including Joe Mantegna and Drea de Matteo and family members.
“‘Making of the Mob: New York’ features fantastic, larger-than-life characters and drama that is better than fiction in every way,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content. “This is definitely event television.”
“Making of the Mob” is exec produced by Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment (“The World Wars,” “The Men Who Built America”).
The deal for “Night Manager” has been in the works for some time. AMC will co-produce the project, set to begin lensing in the spring. David Farr adapted the novel, with Rob Bullock of Ink Factory producing.