AMC launching new unscripted TV block, orders new drama pilots and reality series

By Daniel S Levine,

AMC is busy filling its schedule, ordering two new dramas and a new reality series. The network also announced that it will launch a new block filled exclusively of unscripted programming in February.

The cable network announced its new drama programming on Tuesday. Halt & Catch Fire is the first show, focusing on the 1980s computer boom. However, instead of taking place in Washington’s Silicon Valley, it tells the stories of Texas’ “Silicon Prairie” in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers. Executive producers include Breaking Bad’s Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, notes Entertainment Weekly.

Turn is set during the Revolutionary War in the summer of 1778. New York farmer Abe Woodhull and the band of friends he recruits are the focus. Nikita’s Craig Silverstein penned the show. Barry Josephson of Bones is executive producing.

On the unscripted side, the network decided that it has enough unscripted content to create an entire night of reality shows. The block will premiere on Thursday, Feb. 14, reports Deadline.

Comic Book Men’s second season will kick off the night at 9pm, with freshman shows Freakshow and Immortalized following.

The Pitch, Small Town Security and the new Road Show will premiere on Thursdays later next year.

“With an expanding slate of unscripted series, it makes perfect sense for us to create and build a new night for these great stories, in the same way we have made Sundays a true destination for our award-winning original dramas,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP Original Programming, said in a statement. “We are excited to have Thursday night as the new home for unscripted on AMC, as we continue to showcase distinct storytelling that explores authentic characters and original worlds.”

The new reality series that the network greenlighted is Asylum Entertainment’s Owner’s Manual. The series will pit men who read manuals against those who don’t. Extreme Makeover’s Ed Sanders and Hammer Heads’ Marcus Hunt will compete in the series’ eight episodes.

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