AMC branches into comedy, teams up with Chris Carter
Having tackled drama, reality and talk shows, AMC announced Wednesday it was venturing into a new genre, comedy, greenlighting its first sitcom pilot and announcing development of projects with such established comedy names as Seth Rogen and John Leguizamo.
The network has ordered a pilot for the comedy “We Hate Paul Revere.” The project, written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, “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,” according to AMC. It is scheduled to film later this year.
AMC also announced a number of other comedy projects in development. These include a semiautobiographical series from Leguizamo; “No Money Down,” starring “The Daily Show’s” Wyatt Cenac as an employee at an Austin car dealership; and “Sober Buddies,” from executive producers Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
The network, which made its name with the prestige dramas “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” isn’t skimping on that genre either. AMC announced it is developing “Area 51,” from “X Files” creator Chris Carter and “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and based on the book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” by Annie Jacobson.
Also on the slate are “Bombingham,” from writer and executive producer Alexander Woo, about the solving of a murder from 1963 that revives Civil Rights-era tensions; “Strange Angel,” a biographical series about rocket scientist Jim Parsons from executive producer Ridley Scott; and “Outer Darkness,” which is described as “a grounded take on exorcism by exploring everyday evil in an idyllic midwestern town.”
Not to be outdone, AMC also has plans to venture into late night. It announced the development of a series called “Hollywood Babble-On,” starring “Comic Book Men” host Kevin Smith and his podcasting partner, Ralph Garman.
AMC will hold its upfront presentation for advertisers and journalists Thursday in New York City.
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