With genre successes such as The Walking Dead, Preacher, and Into The Badlands already on its resume, AMC isn’t looking to bite the hand that’s fed it so well so far. At this past weekend’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, the network announced over a half-dozen projects in development aimed at broadening AMC’s sci-fi, fantasy and horror viewing audience.
● Untitled Rainn Wilson Sci-Fi Project: Wilson (The Office) stars as a “poly-addicted man living in the San Fernando Valley whose body is taken over by an ‘alien entity.’” Wilson will also executive produce the series alongside Naomi Odenkirk (Derek and Simon: The Show) and Marc Provissiero (Better Call Saul)
● Shock Theater: A sci-fi/horror anthology directed by The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero. Every episode is a self-contained story that pays homage to the “standards” of B-movie classics. Nicotero will also serve as executive producer with Matt Lambert (South of Hell), Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Joe Earley.
● Underbelly: Executive produced by Daniel C. Connolly (The Son), and Chris Hardwick’s (Nerdist) production company, the series will examine the darker aspect of pop culture with tales “related to the fan experience, celebrity, greed, alienation, obsession, and vanity.”
● Wicked West: A non-fiction anthology series from producer Jason Blum (Get Out) that brings to life the haunted legends of The Wild West, including “sadistic serial killers, murderous black widows, bloodthirsty family clans and local legends laced with the supernatural.”
● In The Middle Of The Street: Colman Domingo (Fear The Walking Dead) is executive producing this prospective series (based loosely on his 2016 play, Dot) that follows a family in Philadelphia who “must confront old secrets in order to face the challenges of the present.”
● Liking What You See: Based on the short story of the same name by Ted Chiang and executive produced by screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival), the series takes place in the near-future and follows the residents of Saybrook, who “have voluntarily adopted calliagnosia, a reversible, non-invasive procedure that eliminates their ability to perceive beauty. Once you have calliagnosia, no one looks prettier or uglier than anyone else; the people of Saybrook judge each other purely on their merits.”
● The Age of Miracles: The population of Earth begins to get sicker as the planet’s rotation begins to slow down, in a new series from writer/actress Sinead Daly (The Get Down).
● The Ballad of Black Tom: An NYC Jazz age-set series from author Victor LaValle (Big Machine, The Devil In Silver) about a street musician who unexpectedly enters a world of magic and the supernatural when he delivers an object to a sorceress and discovers a plan to destroy the world.