AMC Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Into the Badlands,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ and ‘The Son’

At the Television Critics Association winter session, AMC announced premiere dates for new and returning series including Into the Badlands, Better Call Saul and Pierce Brosnan’s new series The Son.

Martial arts drama Into the Badlands will return for its sophomore season on Sunday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ETPT.  The 10-episode second season finds Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow (Emily Beecham) continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships are betrayed, and by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.

In its first season, Into the Badlands averaged 53 million viewers and ranked as the #4 highest-rated freshman season of any series in cable history among adults 18-49. The series is executive produced by creators/showrunners/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Smallville), Oscar-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Contagion), David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Nights), director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury) nd Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero).

Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son will air on both AMC and SundanceTV with a two-hour premiere beginning Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode, one-hour drama is a sweeping family saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the transformation of Eli MCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Eli’s eldest son Pete (Henry Garrett), has grown up in his father’s shadow and struggles to make him proud while forging his own identity. Pete’s strong-willed daughter, Jeannie (Sydney Lucas) idolizes her grandfather and despite being raised in a male-dominated world, rejects her fate of existing solely to marry and bear children. Eli’s ruthlessness pits him against his wealthy Spanish neighbor, Pedro Garcia (Carlos Bardem) and his quest for power triggers consequences that span generations. Shared through a series of flashbacks, The Son pulls viewers into the world of young Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland) and his father figure, Comanche war chief, Toshaway (Zahn McClarnon) and deftly explores the McCullough’s rise to become one of the most powerful family dynasties in Texas.

The series is produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment and written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni also serve as executive producers.

Better Call Saul will return for its third season on Monday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new season follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGil’s (Bob Odenkirk) devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman – Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer. Six years before he meets Walter White, Jimmy is a more or less law-abiding, small-time attorney hustling to champion his underdog clients, build his practice and somehow make a name for himself.

The sophomore season ended with a pair of cliffhangers. Determined to prevent his brother from practicing law, Chuck (Michael McKean) staged an elaborate con, secretly recording Jimmy’s confession to a felony. When Mike (Jonathan Banks) set his sights on sociopathic cartel boss Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis), an ominous intervention stopped him from pulling the trigger, raising questions as to what other dangerous players may be in the game.

As the new season begins, the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme test, Jimmy and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) fledgling law practices – and their romance – as never before. This imminent existential threat presses Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to the limit. Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary who seems to know almost everything about his business.

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AMC Sets ‘Humans’ Season 2 Premiere Date, Releases Key Art and Trailer

Humans, the sci-fi series that deals with the age-old question of what it means to be human within the advancement of technology, is back for a second season after being gone for over a year.

AMC, along with Channel 4 and Kudos, renewed the series in July of 2015 for a second season that will premiere on Monday, February 13 at 10/9c. In addition to the premiere date, the network has revealed the key art for season 2 with a tagline, “Reboot. Recharge. Rebel.” The network also released a new trailer for the upcoming season and will air a marathon of season one season on December 30th from 9:00 A.M. ET/PT – 5:00 P.M. ET/PT.

The eight-episode second season picks up several months after the events of season one, with Niska (Emily Berrington) still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan), and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage. As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house.  Joe, Laura, and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight. As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Jessica Jones) joins the cast as Dr. Athena Morrow, a pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert who is driven by her own motives to create a new kind of machine consciousness. Sam Palladio (Nashville, Episodes) plays Ed, a struggling café owner trying to breathe life into his family business; Marshall Allman (True Blood, Prison Break) plays Milo Khoury, a young Silicon Valley billionaire, founder and CEO of a leading technology company intent on changing the world; Sonya Cassidy (The Paradise, Olympus) as Hester, one of the most unique Synths on the planet; Bella Dayne (Man in the High Castle) as Astrid, a free-spirited young Berliner who will be tested by someone special who comes into her life; and Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Cucumber, Banana) as Renie, a bullied seventeen-year-old “synthie,” a fast-growing subculture of humans pretending to be Synths.

Humans is written by Vincent and Brackley with Joe Barton, Charlie Covell and Iain Weatherby. The series is produced by Kudos in association with Matador Films. Executive producers are Derek Wax (The Hour, Capital) and Chris Fry (The Smoke, Spooks) for Kudos; Vincent and Brackley; and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. The series is produced by Paul Gilbert and directed by Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch), Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror: White Bear), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel) and Mark Brozel (Dickensian). HUMANS was commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell, and Joel Stillerman and Kristin Jones for AMC.

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‘The Walking Dead’: New Season 7 Comic-Con Poster Revealed

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AMC has just released the new key art for the upcoming seventh season of The Walking Dead just in time for the drama’s appearance next week at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Last we saw, newcomer Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, was about to give one hell of a beating with his beloved bat named Lucille. Because, obvi! The poster reflects what we last saw, which was Negan walking around tapping his bat on each person’s head in sort of an eeny, meeny, miny, moe-type fashion. Not gonna lie, but that scared the crap out of me.

The Walking Dead’s official San Diego Comic-Con panel is on Friday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in Hall H and will include a number of cast members like Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, and Josh McDermitt. The one and only Jeffrey Dean Morgan himself will also be making an appearance.

AMC also announced that the trailer for the upcoming season will air during the panel at SDCC.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead returns in October. Can you wait that long?!

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‘The Walking Dead’: New Season 6 Key Art Revealed

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AMC has just released the new key art for the second half of the sixth season of The Walking Dead and it looks as intense as ever.

Last we saw, Rick and the gang were surrounded by walkers, covering themselves in blood and guts so they could get out of Alexandria unnoticed. Morgan is still being mysterious and Deanna probably isn’t going to make it. We’re also going to see some new characters, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.

“This image gives a look at tiny pieces of a larger world our group is about to discover,” said executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “In the new world. they’ll find hope, possibility, tragedy and the terrifying cost of change.”

The Walking Dead returns for the second half of season 6 on Sunday, February 14 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

 

‘Humans’ Renewed for Season 2 at AMC

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AMC, along with Channel 4 and Kudos, have renewed its newest sci-fi series Humans for a second season, 8-episode pickup with production starting next year.

Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (SpooksSpooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans from Matador Films, the series’ first season tapped into society’s preoccupation with and mistrust of advancing technology and artificial intelligence. What does it mean to be human? Can the very traits through which we define humanity (love, trust, loyalty, friendship, sacrifice) be taught? What really is family?  Exploring humans’ inherent fear of the unknown and the possible implications of granting machines consciousness, the final episodes will leave viewers on a thrilling cliff-hanger.

The first season averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings and the first episode was Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years.

“We’re so pleased to announce a second season of Humans and extend our terrific partnership with Channel 4, Kudos and the stellar cast, crew and writers Sam and Jonathan,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV. “As one of the year’s top new cable series, Humans has been embraced by fans and critics across the U.S. and UK. We’re looking forward to continuing this very captivating story and further exploring the show’s parallel, Synth-filled world that hits so disturbingly close to home.”

Humans airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

 

‘The Walking Dead’: Season 6 Key Art Revealed

AMC has just released the new key art for the upcoming sixth season of The Walking Dead just in time for the drama’s appearance next month at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Last we saw, Rick had taken over as Sheriff and the people of Alexandria and decided to “take care of” Pete, Jessie’s abusive husband. As soon as he shot him (IN THE FACE), Rick looked up to find his old pal Morgan standing there, looking as if he didn’t know who he was anymore. I mean, surviving amongst the zombies changes a person.

The poster suggests that there’s definitely tension between the two characters with the people of Alexandria divided behind them.

The banners will be placed all throughout the convention with the panel slated for Friday, July 10 at 12:00 p.m. PDT in Hall H.

Season 6 of The Walking Dead returns in October for a 16-episode season. The new companion series Fear the Walking Dead premieres later this summer.

End of an Era: AMC Sets Return Date for Final Season of ‘Mad Men’

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It’s the end of an era.

On Saturday at the Television Critics Association, AMC announced that they will begin airing the final seven episodes of Mad Men on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

“What an incredible journey this has been,” executive producer and creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement. “I take great pride in what the entire ‘Mad Men’ team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”

Mad Men, which debuted in 2007, has earned seven Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, and took home four wins.

Mad Men is the show that put AMC on the map. Period,” said Charlie, Collier, AMC President. “It is impossible to overstate the impact it has had on AMC, and I would argue, this era of television.”

If you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen a single episode, you can catch the first six seasons on Netflix and then switch over to Amazon Prime for the first half of the seventh season.

Mad Men’s final season begins on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.