Cameras roll on Fear the Walking Dead

Zombies have taken over Vancouver as production takes place on AMC’s new drama Fear The Walking Dead.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

A spin-off from The Walking Dead, the show features a new story and a cast that includes Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Mercedes Mason.

Produced by AMC Studios, it is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, and showrunner David Erickson. The co-executive producer is Adam Davidson.

The series’ first season, consisting of six one-hour episodes, will premiere on AMC later this summer.

Hulu takes AMC series

Hulu will become the exclusive US home of a host of dramas after signing a deal with AMC Networks.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

The agreement includes rights to new and upcoming dramas from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV, and WE TV, such as The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.

Series from AMC Networks will be available on Hulu before each subsequent season’s network premiere.

AMC finds its Preacher

Dominic Cooper has been cast in the lead role of AMC’s comic book adaptation Preacher.

Dominic Cooper

Dominic Cooper

He will play Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says.

Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

The cast also includes Lucy Griffiths, who plays Emily, and Ian Colletti, who plays Eugene Root, aka Arseface. Elizabeth Perkins has also been cast as Vyla Quinncannon, a refined but formidable businesswoman who owns the slaughterhouse in Jesse Custer’s hometown of Annville, Texas, and shares a past with Jesse’s father.

The series is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, and was developed for TV by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg.

The pilot will be produced this summer and if greenlit to series, will air in 2016.

The Night Manager makes new hires

A host of top names have joined the cast of The Night Manager.

The BBC One/AMC adaptation of John le Carré’s novel began production last month.

And joining the espionage drama are David Harewood, Neil Morrissey, Katherine Kelly, and Tobias Menzies.

The cast already includes Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Produced by The Ink Factory, The Night Manager tells the story of former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.Adapted by David Farr, the executive producers are Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill. The producer is Rob Bullock.

The miniseries is due to air in 2016.

AMC Global goes Into the Badlands

AMC’s forthcoming drama Into the Badlands has found a worldwide home after it was picked up by sister network AMC Global.

AMC

AMC

Produced by AMC Studios, the martial arts series is set in a land controlled by feudal barons where a great warrior and young boy embark on a journey towards enlightenment.

It stars Daniel Wu, Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger, and Oliver Stark.

Wu is also an executive producer alongside creators/writers/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar.

The producers are Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg.

Into the Badlands (6×60′) will air on AMC Global within 24 hours of its AMC premiere in all territories where it is available.

It is due to debut this autumn.

Entertainment One is distributing the series.

New seasons fall on Amazon

Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK is boosting its drama slate with new seasons of three US dramas.

New episodes of The Red Road, Halt & Catch Fire, and Turn will be available to subscribers from this month after their debut in the US.

Turn

Turn

The Red Road, which debuts on April 4 on SundanceTV, picks up the story of a cop (Martin Henderson) as he continues to police the clashing communities of Walpole. Season two opens as dangerous tribe member Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) returns home after having been released from jail.

AMC’s Turn, which launches with two episodes on April 15, resumes the story of New York farmer and America’s first spy Abe Woodhill and The Culper Ring as they continue to battle for American independence. It stars Jamie Bell and is based on the book Washington Spies.

Season two of Halt & Catch Fire, debuting on June 2 and also from AMC, continues to chart the changing culture of Texas’ Silicon Prairie during the personal computing boom.

The first seasons of all three series are already available to view on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

AMC names Walking Dead spin-off

Reasons to be fearful: The Walking Dead spin-off has a name.

Fear The Walking Dead is set in Los Angeles and features new characters and storylines.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

The show’s first season, which will consist of 6×60′ episodes. is due to premiere on AMC later this year. The show’s second season will air in 2016.

AMC Global has also acquired rights to both seasons and will air each episode in more than 115 countries within 24 hours of their US premiere.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert are executive producers of the new series, which is produced by AMC Studios.

Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.

The series stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey.

First look: William Hurt in Humans

Here’s William Hurt appearing in the forthcoming drama Humans.

Humans

Humans

He plays Dr George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date synth Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.

The series is set in a parallel present, where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.

The story follows one strained suburban family as it purchases a refurbished synth, only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.

Hurt leads a cast that also includes Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Gemma Chan.

The 8×60’ series is made by Kudos Film and Television, in association with Matador Films, which produced the series upon which it is based, Äkta människor (aka Real Humans), for SVT in Sweden.

Humans will air on Channel 4 in the UK and US cable channel AMC in 2015.