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AMC Sets Premiere Date For ‘The Killing’

Nellie Andreeva

AMC’s new original drama, The Killing, will debut with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 3 at 9pm before moving to its regular Sunday 10 Pm slot the following week. Based on the  Danish television series Forbrydelsen, The Killing, from writer-exec producer Veena Sud and Fox TV Studios, tells the story of the murder of a teenage girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. Sevring as a lead-in for The Killing premiere will be a rebroadcast of feature thriller Seven.

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The Cancellation Of AMC’s ‘Rubicon’ Opens The Door For ‘Hell On Wheels’

Nellie Andreeva

The corpse of freshly canceled AMC drama Rubicon was still warm yesterday when attention shifted to the network’s period pilot Hell on Wheels. And for good reason – Rubicon‘s demise should improve the pilot’s chances for a series pickup. The cancellation came at the perfect time for the Entertainment One/Endemol USA-produced Hell on Wheels. The pilot was just recently delivered to AMC, and word is that the network brass liked it. There is also that AMC perfect pilot-to-ratio streak, with all of its pilots so far going to series. But, especially following the blockbuster success of the network’s new drama The Walking Dead, AMC, which has another new series, The Killing, on tap for next year, must be feeling the pinch for shelf space and promotional and marketing resources to support its rapidly growing series portfolio. With Rubicon vacating a slot on the schedule, it is easier for the network to slide a new series in it. Decision on Hell on Wheels is expected shortly, with its chances looking better by the minute. Hell on Wheels is set in the 1860s and and centers on former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

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AMC Cancels ‘Rubicon’ After 1 Season

Nellie Andreeva

It was a short run for AMC’s Rubicon, which is being canceled after one season. The political thriller, produced by Warner Horizon Television, premiered on Aug. 1, a year after it was ordered to series, and never found a wide audience, averaging 1.6 million viewers and  439,000 among 18-49 in its first season. It becomes the first AMC original series to get canceled. Here is AMC’s statement: “Rubicon gave us an  opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story and we’re very proud of the series.  This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team.”

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It’s Official: AMC Picks Up Crime Thriller ‘The Killing’ To Series

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The pickup extends AMC’s perfect pilot-to-series ratio, with all 5 of its scripted pilots, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon, The Walking Dead and now The Killing, gone to series. (Walking Dead’s series pickup came before the pilot was shot.) Here is AMC’s release on the 13-episode pickup for The Killing, which will now be renamed.

New York, NY – August 11, 2010 – AMC announced today a full series order for the pilot that was formerly known as The Killing, from writer and executive producer Veena Sud (Cold Case). Sud has signed on to also serve as the showrunner for the series, which is currently untitled. Set in Seattle, the series is based on the wildly successful Danish television series “Forbrydelsen” and tells the story of the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation. Produced by Fox Television Studios, it is executive produced by Mikkel Bondesen (Burn Notice) for Fuse Entertainment.  Fuse’s Kristen Campo co-produces.  AMC first announced the pilot order in January 2010 with Patty Jenkins (Monster) directing the pilot. Production on the series begins this fall in Vancouver and season one consists of 13, one-hour episodes. The series is slated to premiere in 2011 on AMC.

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Ratings Rat Race: Solid Start For ‘Rubicon’

Nellie Andreeva

The 2-hour opener of AMC’s third original series, political thriller Rubicon, became the network’s highest-rated  and most-watched original series premiere ever, attracting 2M total viewers. For comparison, Mad Men averaged 900,000 viewers and Breaking Bad 1.2M viewers in their first seasons. Following Rubicon, the second episode of Mad Men’s fourth episode drew 2.5 million viewers, down 14% from last week’s season premiere. ”AMC is now three for three with our original series,” said Charlie Collier, president and GM of AMC. Rubicon, which moves to its regular Sunday 9 PM time slot next week, had already been sampled by 4.6 million viewers via the network’s sneak peek on-air as well as on VOD, iTunes, and Hulu.

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‘Mad Men’ Debut Slightly Up To Record High

Nellie Andreeva

AMC’s flagship drama Mad Men came back strong last night but might be plateauing in the ratings. Last night’s Season 4 premiere drew 2.9 million viewers. That was 5% higher from the 2.8 million who tuned in for the Season 3 debut last summer when the show’s audience grew 34% year-to-year. The 2.9 million mark marks a new series high for Mad Men and a new viewership record for an AMC original series.

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