AMC Upfront on scripted development

AMC, the US cable home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire, has announced at its Upfront presentation that it has put several new dramas into development.



Ballistic City is a futuristic series about a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world. It is executive produced by writer Travis Beacham, director Joseph Kosinski and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar.

King, set in the early 1960s, is about a man who sells his soul to a corrupt, racist political machine to win a seat in the Senate, but after running as a segregationist, he is asked by Lyndon B Johnson to champion civil rights in the South. It is executive produced by writers Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, and Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Ashland is another period drama, this time set in the 1950s, about a family that relocates from California to Kentucky but the matriarch must hide her family’s secrets and find a way to support her family at the height of the Communist Red Scare. It is executive produced by writers Allison Anders and Terry Graham, and co-executive producer Shana Eddy.

White City, about western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan, is executive produced by Tom Freston and co-executive produced by writers Nick McDonell and John Dempsey.

Untitled Dahvi Waller Project, from writer and executive producer Dahvi Waller, is about two brothers struggling to keep their family-run company, set against the auto industry of the 1920s.

Untitled Tim Lea/Anonymous Content Project is set in the near future when one family is nearly torn apart in the conflict between a repressive government and the movement calling for a second American Revolution. It is executive produced by writer Tim Lea and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Matt DeRoss.

The Wall, set in 1960s Berlin, sees an American businessman become embroiled in a web of East-West espionage. It is executive produced by Jim Keeble, Dudi Appleton, Red Arrow and Alan Greenspan.

AMC has also announced an overall deal with writer Rolin Jones (Boardwalk Empire, Smash), which will see Jones write and executive produce projects specifically for the network.

Source: AMC / Futon Critic