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A Discovery of Witches to Simulcast on AMC & BBC America


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AMC Networks has shared a number of premiere dates and upcoming programming highlights as part of its TCA presentation, including news that A Discovery of Witches will simulcast on AMC and BBC America.

A Discovery of Witches, starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer, will make its network television debut on AMC and BBC America following a successful premiere on the AMC Networks’ streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder. The series will begin an eight-week run on both networks starting April 7 at 9 p.m., following BBC America and AMC’s previously announced simulcast of Killing Eve at 8 p.m.

Also, AMC has opened up a writers’ room for 61st Street, a potential new AMC Studios’ series from BAFTA winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of) as showrunner and executive producer. The series is to be executive produced by Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society (David Makes Man). The project is being developed as part of AMC’s scripts-to-series model, which opens writers’ rooms to develop potential series that, in success, move straight to series. 61st Street is set in present-day Chicago and follows Moses Johnson, a promising high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system.

SundanceTV and Sundance Now are venturing futher into the true-crime space with the launch of a podcast series hosted by Amanda Knox. The series, entitled The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox, will take a look at the true crimes that are chronicled in upcoming Sundance TV and Sundance Now documentary series Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo, Killing for Love, The Preppie Murder: Death in Central Park (working title) and No One Saw a Thing.

Several premiere dates were revealed, including for AMC’s Into the Badlands, which returns March 24 at 10 p.m., and The Son, which returns April 27 at 9 p.m. BBC America will launch a new season of Top Gear on April 25 at 9 p.m., while Luther heads into its highly anticipated new run on June 2 at 8 p.m. Over on IFC, Brockmire comes back on April 3 at 10 p.m. Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo debuts February 27 at 11 p.m. on SundanceTV. Also on the network, Unspeakable will get a two-night premiere starting April 4 and continuing on April 5. The Name of the Rose, based on Umberto Eco’s highly acclaimed novel, premieres May 1 at 11 p.m.

Production is now underway on AMC’s The Terror: Infamy, the second installment of the horror-infused anthology; Lodge 49, which is getting a ten-episode second season; and Dispatches from Elsewhere, an anthology series created by and starring Jason Segel. Top Gear season 27 began production on January 11 in the U.K., while Doctor Who began production on its second season with the new cast on January 21 in Cardiff. IFC’s Year of the Rabbit began production on its first season on January 7 in the U.K. IFC has also lined up Sherman’s Showcase, a new musical variety sketch comedy show created, written and executive produced by Diallo Riddle (Marlon, Rise) and Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW, Snatched).

Production has also begun on Creepshow, which marks the first long-form original series for AMC Networks’ Shudder streaming service. Executive produced by The Walking Dead ’s Greg Nicotero, the horror series is based on the iconic 1982 anthology film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero.

BBC America revealed the return of two Emmy-winning and globally renowned series with Planet Earth III and Frozen Planet II. BBC America is the U.S. home and co-producer of Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Dynasties and the most recently announced upcoming Sir David Attenborough-narrated series One Planet: Seven Worlds (working title).








About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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