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AMC Goes Straight to Series with The Son

PASADENA: AMC has given a straight-to-series order to the 10×1-hour series The Son, an AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment title expected to debut in 2017, while also announcing the premiere dates for a number of originals.

Fear the Walking Dead will return April 10 for a 15-episode run to be split into two parts: the first seven episodes will air in spring while the other chapters will broadcast sometime later in the year. Additionally, the chat show Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, will air immediately after each episode Sunday nights.

Also returning this spring is TURN: Washington’s Spies, a thriller set during the U.S. Revolutionary War due out April 25. Other shows coming back to the network’s schedule are the mid-season premiere of season six of The Walking Dead on February 14, the fifth run of Comic Book Men that same night, and the second season of Better Call Saul on February 15.

In terms of new programming, AMC is launching on April 19 the miniseries event The Night Manager. The title is a contemporary interpretation of a John le Carré espionage drama. Feed the Beast, meanwhile, is a 10×1-hour series about two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. The Lionsgate and AMC Studios production will premiere in May.

Feed the Beast is about best friends who, after enduring a life-altering tragedy, decide to open a fine-dining restaurant in the Bronx,” said series writer/showrunner Clyde Phillips. “But at its core, the show is about family and friendship, fatherhood and food, honesty and intimacy. I’m excited to be shooting Feed the Beast in the Bronx, the gritty, last frontier of New York’s five boroughs and a location that we’re treating as a main character of the show. Like so much of New York, the Bronx is going through a transition that can be exciting, painful and offers a very rich environment for this authentic, character-driven drama.”

Finally, the network has given a straight-to-series order to the 10×1-hour series The Son, an AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment title expected to debut in 2017. Based on a novel by Philipp Meyer, the drama is a multi-generational story showing America’s birth as a superpower through the rise of one Texas family.

“Philipp Meyer’s epic novel The Son is storytelling at its finest, chronicling the engrossing lives of a Texan family over six generations and serving as an incredible foundation on which to build an equally gripping television series,” said Joel Stillerman, the president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We’re looking forward to partnering with Philipp and the terrific team behind The Son to bring this beloved story to life.”



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