AMC Sets Premiere Dates, Including ‘Into the Badlands’ Final Season
Three networks set their schedule
AMC Networks confirmed several key premiere dates during this year’s Television Critics’ Association Press Tour. The networks highlighted serval fan-favorite shows that will be returning with new episodes this year, including “Into the Badlands,” “The Son,” “Top Gear,” “Luther,” and “Brockmire.”
As previously announced, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Ride with Norman Reedus” are scheduled to return with new episodes tomorrow, February 10th. So set a reminder if you are a fan of those series, and avoid those Walking Dead spoilers. BBC America and AMC also reminded everyone that the networks would simulcast the second season of “Killing Eve” on April 7th.
AMC’s “Into the Badlands” will be coming to a close after next season, so the new episodes will be bittersweet for fans. The final eight episodes will begin on March 24th following a new episode of “The Walking Dead.” The series will then move to its regular timeslot with a new episode on March 25th at 10 p.m. from then on. From AMC Studios, “Into the Badlands” was created by executive producers, showrunners and writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and is executive produced by Oscar-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, along with David Dobkin, Stephen Fung, Michael Taylor, Karen Richards, Paco Cabezas, and series lead Daniel Wu.
The cast includes Wu (Sunny), Nick Frost (Bajie), Aramis Knight (M.K.), Emily Beecham (The Widow), Orla Brady (Lydia), Ally Ioannides (Tilda), Lorraine Toussaint (Cressida), Sherman Augustus (Moon), Babou Ceesay (Pilgrim), Ella-Rae Smith (Nix) and Lewis Tan (Gaius).
AMC’s “The Son” will return on April 27th, that show is based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the same name. AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment produce “The Son.” Showrunner and writer Kevin Murphy, director Kevin Dowling, author Philipp Meyer, and Sonar Entertainment’s Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni are Executive Producers for the series. In addition to Brosnan, Smith, Garrett and Lofland, the series also stars Paola Núñez, Zahn McClarnon, Jess Weixler, David Wilson Barnes, Sydney Lucas, James Parks, Elizabeth Frances, Shane Graham and Kathryn Prescott.
Over on BBC America, “Top Gear” will return on April 25th. “Top Gear Season 26” sees Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Rory Reid and The Stig return with all-new episodes. Top Gear is produced by BBC Studios. Executive producer is Clare Pizey and series editor is Alex Renton.
BBC America also confirmed that “Luther” will return on June 2, 2019. “Luther” is produced by BBC Studios and co-produced with BBC America. Executive producers are Idris Elba for Green Door Pictures, Neil Cross, Marcus Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC, producer is Derek Ritchie, and director is Jamie Payne.
IFC confirmed that “Brockmire” will return on April 3, 2019. Additional season three guest stars for the comedy-drama include Richard Kind, Linda Lavin, Martha Plimpton, J.K. Simmons, Christine Woods, and Becky Ann Baker. “Brockmire” originally appeared as a viral short video on the comedy website Funny Or Die. The series is written and developed by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable). This season Azaria, Church-Cooper and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell are executive producers. Mo Marable is also an executive producer and series director.
You might want to set a reminder to catch SundanceTV this month to see “Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo,” which is premiering on February 27th. “Ministry of Evil” chronicles the life and crimes of Tony Alamo, who, together with his wife, became a born-again, fire-and-brimstone televangelist and cult leader. The two launched The Tony and Susan Alamo Christian foundation in 1969, which soon evolved into a cult that is said to still operate today. The network described the story adding “Together, by skirting the law and enforcing a code of silence among their followers, the Alamos came to wield unimaginable power, becoming millionaires on the backs of their believers.” The new docuseries explores the cultural consequences of the Alamo empire and features rare archival footage, including an exclusive videotaped deposition with Alamo himself. It also weaves together interviews with the FBI agent who took Alamo down as well as cult survivors who have never previously shared their stories. “Ministry of Evil” comes from AMC Studios, World of Wonder and Peacock Productions. Emmy-Award winners and co-founders of World of Wonder Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and Peacock Productions Elizabeth Fischer and Leslie Mattingly serve as executive producers on the series.
“Unspeakable” will have a two-night premiere event this April; the first episode debuts April 4th and the second episode debuts April 5th. Created by Robert C. Cooper (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Stargate SG-1) and based on first-person experience, “Unspeakable” chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s. Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) stars as a whistleblower who exposes one of the largest medical disasters in history, and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were infected by tainted blood. A CBC and SundanceTV original series, “Unspeakable” is produced by Mezo Entertainment, with Cooper and Meridian Artists’ Glenn Cockburn serving as executive producers. The series is a passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood. The series is written by Cooper, Carl Binder, Adriana Capozzi, and Lynn Coady, with Cooper and Callies set to direct episodes.
“The Name of the Rose” is scheduled to premiere on May 1st this year. “The Name of the Rose” is based on Umberto Eco’s highly acclaimed novel which has sold more than 50M copies worldwide since it was first published in 1980. The limited series is led by an all-star cast including Emmy Award-winner John Turturro (The Night Of), Emmy Award-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), Golden Globe nominee Rupert Everett (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Damian Hardung (Red Band Society), Sebastian Koch (Homeland), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Richard Sammel (Inglourious Basterds), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Human Capital) and Greta Scarano (In Treatment).
Set in Italy in 1327, “The Name of the Rose” follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Everett), who prosecutes those who criticize the pope.
Filmed in Italy, “The Name of the Rose” is a co-production of 11 Marzo Film, Palomar and Tele München Group in collaboration with Rai Fiction and directed by Giacomo Battiato. Producers are Matteo Levi from 11 Marzo as well as Carlo Degli Esposti and Nicola Serra from Palomar. Executive Producers are Guendalina Ponti, John Turturro and Patrizia Massa; Herbert G. Kloiber and Herbert L. Kloiber from Tele München Group as well as Michele Zatta and Marta Aceto from Rai.