AMC Passes On Six Pilots, Eyes Second Season For The Killing
AMC has decided not to pick up the six pilots pitched in March but will instead redevelop two of the projects, a science-fiction drama from Breaking Bad writer John Shiban and a racing series from Gran Torino producer Billy Gerber, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But Variety reports the murder mystery The Killing, a critical success and a steady ratings performer, will likely be renewed for a second season.
Although there are no details on the racing series, Shiban’s The Voyage is described as a grounded look at humanity’s first contact with extraterrestrial life, centering on an ambitious scientist and her team at Jet Propulsion Laboratories.
The other projects are: The Man With the Golden Ears, from High Fidelity writer Scott Rosenberg, about a former record executive who tries to find the next music superstar; The 4th Estate, from former MTV correspondent Gideon Yago, about a journalist who, while investigating a political scandal, finds his own life turned upside down; The Wreck; and American Made.
Variety notes insiders say the decision to pass on the pilots has nothing to do with finances and everything to do with the network’s limited programming: It only airs original series on Sunday nights. AMC’s slate now boasts Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Killing and the upcoming Western Hell on Wheels.