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.
AMC is keeping its perfect pilot-to-series record intact with a series order to Hell on Wheels, the 1860s drama pilot from Entertainment One and Endemol USA. The order is said to be for 10 episodes, including the pilot.
Speculation about a pending series order for Hell of Wheels started shortly after AMC canceled drama Rubicon after one season as the pilot had just been screened to warm reception by the network brass, and the cancellation opened a spot on AMC’s full dance card.
Set in post-Civil War America, Hell on Wheels centers on former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) whose quest for vengeance has led him westward to work on the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The series was created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton who will executive produce. Endemol USA’s SVP scripted programming Jeremy Gold, who originally developed the project, is also executive producing Hell on Wheels, which marks the company’s first scripted series. eOne Television CEO John Morayniss and SVP creative affairs Michael Rosenberg will oversee production. “AMC’s commitment to the western is long standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel,” said AMC’s SVP original programming Joel Stillerman. “This show brings some incredibly original twists and …
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.
EXCLUSIVE: I hear that AMC is close to picking up drama pilot The Killing to series, which would extend the network’s perfect pilot to series ratio. Based on the successful Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing tells the story of the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation through the perspective of the detectives, the grieving family, and the suspects. It centers on Sarah (Mireille Enos), the lead homicide detective that investigates the murder. Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Eric Ladin, Jamie Anne Allman, and Joel Kinnaman co-starred in the pilot directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Veena Sud. Fox TV Studios is producing, with Sud and Mikkel Bondesen executive producing. The Killing was AMC’s fifth pilot, following Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon and The Walking Dead. The other four have already gone to series. (For Walking Dead, the series pickup came before the pilot was shot.)