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AMC Releases New Details, Photos For 'Better Call Saul'

At the Television Critics' Association Press Tour, AMC released two new photos from the set of Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad. The network also confirmed the series regulars for the series. Joining Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Wiseguy) as “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash, House of Lies) as Kim, Patrick Fabian (Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy) as Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black, The Killing) as Nacho – characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.

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Better Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad. Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer and producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season. The series is set six years before Saul Goodman (Odenkirk) meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut (Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy's transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.

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The pilot episode of Better Call Saul was directed by Vince Gilligan. The first season will consist of ten episodes and an already greenlit second season will be thirteen episodes.

Better Call Saul is set to premiere in early 2015.

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AMC Orders 'Badlands' Straight To Series

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AMC today announced a straight-to-series order for the martial arts drama “Badlands” (working title). “Badlands” joins “The Walking Dead” and the “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders.

“Badlands” is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, “Badlands” tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

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AMC Renews 'Turn' For Second Season

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AMC today announced that it has ordered a second season of its Revolutionary War drama, “TURN,” which attracted a passionate core audience averaging 2 million viewers a week over its initial 10-episode run. “TURN” will return to AMC with 10 new episodes next spring. The network is also pairing encores of the entire first season of “TURN” with “Hell on Wheels” on Saturday nights this summer, to give new viewers a chance to discover and connect with the show.

“Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson and a talented cast and crew delivered a truly distinctive and engaging premiere season. We look forward to continuing this revolutionary journey into season two,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “AMC and its creative partners have a track record of nurturing programs we collectively believe in, patiently growing viewership and engagement over time. With ‘TURN,’ once again, we dive in with our partners to build upon this very promising first season.”

A character-driven drama set during the Revolutionary War, “TURN” takes us behind the battlefront, to a shadow war fought by everyday heroes who vowed to keep their heroics a secret. Based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies,” “TURN” centers on Abe Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island, who bands together with a disparate group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring. Together they risked their lives and honor, and turned against family and King, for a fight they believed in passionately, ultimately helping George Washington turn the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the rebels. Their daring efforts also revolutionized the art of espionage, giving birth to modern tradecraft as we know it today, along with all of the moral complexity that entails.

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'The Walking Dead' Season Four Finale Sets Ratings Record

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Last night’s season four finale of “The Walking Dead” set a new finale record, delivering 15.7 million viewers and 10.2 million adults 18-49. The dramatic episode anchored a record-breaking night on AMC, with the live “Talking Dead” aftershow delivering a series record 7.3 million viewers and 4.7 million adults 18-49. To cap the night, the third season finale of AMC’s “Comic Book Men” at midnight was watched by 1.1 million viewers and 715,000 adults 18-49.

Season four set a new viewership record for “The Walking Dead,” averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49, an increase of +24%/+22% over the season three average.

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AMC 2014 Upfront/Development Announcement; New Chris Carter, Michael R. Perry & Amy Lippman Projects

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Leading into the annual Upfront season AMC – the network and brand committed to delivering rich stories and characters that provide viewers something more – announces a robust development slate including numerous scripted drama projects, its first foray into scripted comedy, “overall” talent deals, and several new unscripted series.

The network’s first scripted comedy project will be the greenlight of a pilot for “We Hate Paul Revere.” Written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner (the duo worked together on “My Boys,” “Whitney”), “We Hate Paul Revere” tells the story of brothers Hugh and Ebenezer Moody and their struggle to find their place and the recognition they believe they deserve as they live in the shadow of history in Colonial Boston. “We Hate Paul Revere” is set to shoot in Q3’14 for consideration for 2015.

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AMC Hires Directors For 'Knifeman' & 'Galyntine' Pilots

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AMC announced today that it has hired directors for its “Knifeman” and “Galyntine” pilots, both of which will be produced by AMC Studios in 2014 for consideration for series for 2015. “Knifeman” will be directed by Brian Percival, whose directing credits include “Downton Abbey” and “The Book Thief.” David Mackenzie will direct “Galyntine.” His credits include the films “Starred Up,” and “Perfect Sense.”

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AMC Announces Premiere Date For 'Halt And Catch Fire'

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AMC announced today it will premiere its upcoming new drama series “Halt and Catch Fire” on Sunday, June 1 at 10pm ET/PT. From AMC Studios, the series captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it. The 10-episode series is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and executive produced by showrunner Jonathan Lisco (“Southland”) and Gran Via Production’s Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” “Rectify,” Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (“Breaking Bad,” “Rectify”). Filmed on location in Atlanta, the series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, “Pushing Daisies”) as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishé (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark and Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth.

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