Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Downton Abbey) and Angus Macfadyen(Chuck) have been added to the cast of AMC‘s pilot Turn. Written by Craig Silverstein based on the book Washington’s Spies and directed by Rupert Wyatt, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. McNally, repped by SMS Talent, plays Richard Woodhull, the local magistrate and Abe’s well-respected father. A loyalist whose allegiance is to the King, we may wonder if he is trying to stay on the side he believes will win as opposed to the side he truly believes in. Macfadyen, repped by Innovative and Kramer Management, plays Robert Rogers, a feared and admired war hero who fought alongside George Washington in the French and Indian war but has fallen from grace following a return to England where he has gambled away his fortune and lapsed into alcoholism.
After lengthy negotiations, Netflix has closed a deal with The Killing producer Fox Television Studios for the upcoming third season of the mystery drama, which premieres on AMC later this year. Under the pact, Netflix will be the exclusive subscription TV service for The Killing Season 3 and will begin streaming it three months after the third-season finale airs on AMC. That is an unusually short window for SVOD distribution of a cable series, which is usually tied to a season’s release on DVD around the following season’s premiere — about a year after the original TV run. I hear getting The Killing early was important for Netflix and key in getting the streaming service on board. The complete Season 2 of The Killing became available to Netflix members in the U.S. yesterday, joining Season 1, which launched on Netflix in 2012. “We’re excited to see The Killing back on TV and we’re especially proud to bring Season 3 to our members so soon after it premieres on AMC,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “The Killing is a terrific serialized drama and we know our members love these high-quality shows.”
Fox TV Studios president David Madden said that the agreement with Netflix “played an extremely significant part in the studio’s strategy that enabled us to bring The Killing back for a third season.” Indeed, after AMC originally opted not to order a third season, FtvS held complex parallel talks with AMC and Netflix, with a second revenue stream from Netflix in addition to the license fee from AMC allowing the studio to proceed with production on Season 3, which is currently underway. The Netflix pact comes two months after FtvS closed a deal with AMC for a third season renewal of The Killing.
Nerdist Industries, the Legendary Entertainment-owned company founded by comedian Chris Hardwick, host of AMC’s The Talking Dead, has inked a multi-platform deal with AMC. Under the pact, Nerdist’s YouTube channel will be showing bonus footage from Talking Dead, the companion live Walking Dead aftershow. Additionally, AMC has inked a development deal with Nerdist to take their YouTube program, All Star Celebrity Bowling, and develop it as a potential series for the network. The Web series features the casts and crews of popular shows, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, facing off at a bowling alley.
Australian actors Meegan Warner and Daniel Henshall have become the first cast in AMC‘s period drama pilot Turn, written by Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and directed by Rise Of The Planet of The Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt. Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
EXCLUSIVE: AMC has put in development The Terror, a drama series adaptation of the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, which is being executive produced by Scott Free TV, Television 360 and feature producer Alexandra Milchan. Written by hot feature writer David Kajganich, The Terror is set in 1847 when the crew of a Royal Naval expedition to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage discovers instead a monstrous predator – a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Kajganich executive produces with Scott Free’s David Zucker and Ridley Scott, TV 360′s Scott Lambert and Meghan Lyvers, Milchan and Simmons. The project keeps AMC in the genre space where it has enjoyed a tremendous success with The Walking Dead.
‘Walking Dead’ EP Gale Anne Hurd Q&A On Glen Mazzara’s Departure, The Series’ Return & ‘Downton Abbey’
You could call her the Queen of the Dead. Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd has been with the AMC zombie apocalypse show from the very beginning, through its behind the scenes up and downs and its record breaking ratings results this past year. After a more than two-month break, The Walking Dead is back Sunday for eight more episodes of its third season. Hurd spoke with Deadline about the show’s return, the sudden exit last year of showrunner Glen Mazzara and how Dead comic creator and show EP Robert Kirkman feels about the detours the series takes from the comics. The seasoned producer also talks about the possibility of a Walking Dead movie and the similarities between her show and its fellow Sunday night airer Downton Abbey.
Deadline: OK. That’s very similar to what he has said. With Glen having left, are we are going to see any difference in the show with Scott Gimple taking over the showrunner job?
Hurd: I don’t think there will be any difference. We have the same writers’ room who’ll be contributing to all the episodes as we had before. We have Greg Nicotero and Robert Kirkman and producer Dave Alpert are still very strong voices. So I don’t think you’ll see a shift at all.
EXCLUSIVE: AMC, the network behind Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has signed a two-year first-look deal with film producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg‘s Double Feature Films. This marks the first such pact for Sher and Shamberg with a cable network. Under the deal, Double Feature Films will develop and produce scripted projects for AMC. The cable network, which built its brand with classic movies before branching out into original programming, has a successful track record working with feature producers — two of its signature drama series, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, are executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Mark Johnson, respectively. “What AMC does so well is to tell great stories with fresh characters and their series truly feel like films,” Sher and Shamberg said. “This gives us the opportunity to take what we are so drawn to from the film side and make our own productions on the TV side.”
Codeblack Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Written and directed by Shola Lynch, the film about Angela Davis premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Free Angela …
Former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara said today that if you want to know why he suddenly lost his job on the hit show last year, he’s not your guy. “When people involved with the show are looking at the long-term plan, you know, they want something different. And what those differences are, you’d have to ask AMC,” he said Tuesday during a session at NATPE. Mazzara exited Walking Dead in December when AMC renewed the breakout series for a fourth season. “I was a hired gun coming in to support the creator of the show and, through odd circumstances, I ended up becoming the showrunner. I was just glad that I was able to contribute and not mess up the show, I see that as a win,” he added to laughs from the crowd. Earlier this month, Walking Dead supervising producer Scott Gimple was announced as Mazzara’s replacement. Mazzara was appearing on a panel in Miami with Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof on the second day of the conference. The second part of The Walking Dead’s third season starts February 10.