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Halt and Catch Fire Dials Up Season 2 on Sunday, May 31 at 10/9c

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-cameron-mckenzie-donna-bishe-560AMC announced today the Season 2 premiere of Halt and Catch Fire on Sunday, May 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series, which stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishé, will pick up in early 1985 and center on the rise of Mutiny, Cameron (Davis) and Donna’s (Bishé) start-up company that is built upon the most disruptive idea of the modern era — the Internet. At the same time, Joe (Pace), Gordon (McNairy) and Bosworth (Toby Huss) will be caught up in their own “online” wave, remaking the tech landscape all around them, as they attempt to heal old wounds and deal with the fallout of Season 1. Halt and Catch Fire’s second season will explore themes that tap directly into the modern zeitgeist such as the thin line separating genius from self-delusion, the fragility of human connection, and everyone’s desire, especially in today’s tech-obsessed world, to leave a meaningful mark and do something that truly matters.

“To our passionate core audience and the critics who loved the show through Season One – we thank you sincerely for your support. Season Two won’t disappoint. We’re going to drill down even deeper into these characters we’ve created, to give you all the emotional and psychological depth you’ve come to expect from Halt and Catch Fire, while at the same time evolving the show to be brasher and even more addictive,” said Jonathan Lisco, showrunner and executive producer of the series.

AMC also released today a sneak peek clip from the season two premiere episode featuring a first look at Mutiny. The clip showcases Donna (Bishé) as she weaves through the bustling start-up office which is wired with creativity and invention. The sneak peek can be viewed here.
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AMC Announces Two-Season Order for The Walking Dead Companion Series

the-walking-dead-companion-series-560-1AMC today announced that it has placed an initial two-season order for a companion series to The Walking Dead, the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for going on three seasons.

The new series (title to be announced) will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series will star Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Sons of Anarchy), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
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A Note From Better Call Saul Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

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In a note to fans, showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould share their excitement as the premiere of Better Call Saul draws near:

Welcome to the world of James M. McGill, Esq.

For viewers of Breaking Bad, there’s much that will be familiar in this series: the bright Albuquerque skies, the dark humor, and — most of all — the passion and devotion to detail from cast and crew.

Having said that, Better Call Saul is a brand new show. We’re telling a different story here — one with its own rhythm, its own look, its own tone. We’re excited to share it with you.

This show has been a crazy ride for us. The character of Jimmy McGill has taken us places we never expected. Jimmy’s not yet Saul Goodman: he’s his own man, and he’s messy and struggling and still finding himself. One day he’ll transform into Albuquerque’s favorite criminal lawyer, but right now he’s a more or less law-abiding underdog on the bottom rung of the legal system.

We’re loving every moment of Bob Odenkirk’s deeply human performance as unstoppable, inventive Jimmy races through an ethical slalom course, trying to make a name for himself.

We hope you enjoy it.

- Vince & Peter

Better Call Saul premieres in a two-night event on Sunday, February 8 and Monday, February 9 at 10/9c on AMC.

AMC’s The Walking Dead Returns With Highest-Rated Episode In Series History

the-walking-dead-episode-501-rick-lincoln-carl-riggs-560-1The Season 5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead delivered the highest ratings in series history. The episode was watched by 17.3 million viewers and 11 million adults aged 18-49, increases of 7% and 6%, respectively, over the Season 4 premiere, the previous record-holder. The Walking Dead continues to be the No. 1 show on television among adults 18-49. Last night’s episode outperformed everything else on television in this key demographic, including Sunday Night Football, by over 2.5 million adults 18-49. With time-shifted playback, the Season 5 premiere should exceed 22 million viewers.

“It’s a Dead man’s party. Who could ask for more?” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Enormous thanks to our friends and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero – who also directed last night’s terrific premiere – Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse and all of their fellow producers, cast and crew for everything they do to make the #1 show on television such a unique and incredible experience for the fans. The Walking Dead is one of those increasingly rare shows today that can command a live audience not significantly cannibalized by time-shifted viewing. Who would have thought that cannibalized television could be curtailed by cannibal-ized television?”

The previous ratings record for an episode of The Walking Dead was 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million viewers 18-49 for the season four premiere, live/same day. With seven days of DVR playback included, the Season 4 premiere delivered 21.1 million total viewers and 13.9 million adults 18-49, becoming the most highly-rated episode in cable television history.

Talking Dead, the live aftershow of The Walking Dead, also enjoyed record ratings last night, as its fourth season premiere on Sunday was the highest-rated premiere in series history with 6.9 million viewers and 4.5 million adults aged 18-49. That is an increase over last year’s premiere of 34% and 35% respectively. Each week, Talking Dead features host Chris Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts discussing that night’s The Walking Dead premiere. The premiere episode featured series’ showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

Watch the full episode of the Season 5 premiere on amc.com.
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Days Before the Season 5 Premiere, AMC Renews The Walking Dead for a Sixth Season

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Key-Art-560x330Days away from its Season 5 premiere, AMC announced today that it has renewed The Walking Dead, the No. 1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The Season 5 premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9/8c, followed by the live season premiere of Talking Dead at 10/9c with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
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Matthew Weiner Teams Up With Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis for Are You Here

mad-men-are-you-here-wilson-galifianakis-560Fans anxiously awaiting the return of Mad Men in Spring 2015 can currently go see Are You Here, a new feature film written, directed, and produced by show creator Matthew Weiner. The film explores the complicated bonds of family and friendship, featuring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis as Steve and Ben—reunited friends who travel together to Ben’s family home in the wake of his father’s death. Amy Poehler also gives a nuanced performance as Ben’s sister Amy. Check out the trailer below. Then check out the movie, currently available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Video on Demand through your local cable provider. Continue reading “Matthew Weiner Teams Up With Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis for Are You Here” »

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Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan to Direct White City Pilot for AMC

amc-logo-325AMC today announced that Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan will direct the pilot for White City, a gripping geopolitical drama focused on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.

White City is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth. The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he’s in a relationship with, Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, Jon must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.
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Breaking Bad Binge – Aaron Paul Shares Five of His Favorite Jesse Pinkman Scenes

breaking-bad-aaron-paul-favorite-scenes-325Although he flunked Mr. White’s chemistry class, Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman proved himself as good a meth cook as Walt — and sometimes a better man. AMC asked actor Aaron Paul to look back on his most memorable Jesse moments. Find out what makes these scenes special to Paul, watch clips of the moments themselves, then tune in to the Breaking Bad Binge on Sunday nights at 5/4c to see the full episodes.

Walt’s Proposal to Jesse - Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot
Airs During Breaking Bad Binge: Sunday, August 10 at 5/4c

I love this scene because this is where the true journey begins for Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman. This is the decision that changes both of their lives forever.

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AMC Releases Line-up of Series Regulars and New Photos for Better Call Saul

better-call-saul-episode-101-saul-odenkirk-560During the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour today, AMC released two new photos from the set of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, currently in production in Albuquerque, NM. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean.

In addition, the network confirmed the line-up of series regulars for Saul, set to premiere in early 2015.

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