Cable network AMC has revealed the premiere dates of two of its ongoing series as well as the broadcast date of its upcoming miniseries The Night Manager.
Fear the Walking Dead, the highly successful spin off/prequel to the network’s zombie thriller The Walking Dead will begin its fifteen-episode second season on Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m., to be directly followed by the companion talk show Talking Dead. The series will air its first seven episodes before taking a hiatus and returning later in 2016.
It seems as if AMC is using this split to give us a Walking Dead show all around the year. The Walking Dead seems likely to air the first half of its sixth season when Fear the Walking Dead takes its mid season break with the second half likely airing following the conclusion of Fear‘s second season.
Created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Outcast) and Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy, Low Winter Sun), Fear the Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard, Three Kings), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, In the Heart of the Sea), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm, The Devil’s Hand), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal, The Finder), Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek, Almost Kings), two time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Ruben Blades (Safe House, Predator 2) and Colman Domingo (Lincoln, The Butler).
Next up, on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 p.m., the network will air the first episode of its six part miniseries The Night Manager. An international co-production with the BBC, The Night Manager is an adaptation of the 1993 John le Carre spy novel of the same name and is directed by Susanne Bier (Serena, Love is All You Need) from a screenplay by David Farr (Hanna, Spooks). Starring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Crimson Peak), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Hugh Laurie (House, Tomorrowland), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, Hot Fuzz), Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From UNCLE, Everest), the miniseries follows “former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To get to the heart of Roper’s vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself.”
Third is TURN: Washington’s Spies, based on the 2007 non fiction book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring. The series will return for its third season on Monday, April 25 at 10 p.m. Set during the American Revolution, the series “returns with an epic 10-episode season that builds towards one of the most notorious moments in American history – the treasonous defection of Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman). Behind enemy lines on Long Island, Abe Woodhull is a spy for the Patriots, reporting directly to George Washington (Ian Kahn). Embedded within the Continental Army, Benedict Arnold is seduced to become an informant for the British. As the consequences of their espionage ripple through the battlefield, the spy game becomes a heart-stopping race to see which mole will be unmasked first. In 1778, there is only one fate that awaits a captured spy – the hangman’s noose. The price for treason is blood, and not all of our heroes will survive.”
Developed by Craig Silverstein (Nikita, Terra Nova), the series stars BAFTA Film Award winner Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin, King Kong), Owain Yeoman (Troy, The Mentalist), Ian Kahn (The Box, Secrets in the Walls), Seth Numrich (The Good Wife, Gravity), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook, The Snowtown Murders), Heather Lind (A Single Shot, Demolition), Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Supernatural), Meegan Warner (Portend, A Place to Call Home), Burn Gorman (Torchwood, The Dark Knight Rises), Angus Macfadyen (Saw III, We Bought a Zoo), JJ Field (Captain America: The First Avenger, Centurion), Samuel Roukin (Bright Star, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1), Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Lost Girl) and Nick Westrate (Rikki and the Flash, Beach Pillows).
Finally, AMC also revealed that it has given a straight to series order to The Son, based on the 2013 Phillip Meyer novel of the same name. Ten-hour long episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season, set to premiere in 2017. According to AMC, it’s “a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise of one Texas family. Season one will follow two concurrent time periods: One, the story of young Eli McCullough after he is kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches in 1849, and the other, 60 years later, when we see a grown Eli struggle to maintain his family’s cattle empire during the turbulent Bandit Wars of South Texas.”
“Philipp Meyer’s epic novel The Son is storytelling at its finest, chronicling the engrossing lives of a Texan family over six generations and serving as an incredible foundation on which to build an equally gripping television series,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s president of original programming and development. “We’re looking forward to partnering with Philipp and the terrific team behind The Son to bring this beloved story to life.”
“The Son is more than a rollicking historical fiction,” added the new series’ showrunner, Primetime Emmy Award winner Kevin Murphy (Defiance, Hellcats). “I was attracted to the deeper themes the book explores concerning the nature of family honor and legacy, the psychology of violence, custodianship of land, racial scapegoating – America grew up struggling with these issues, and we’re still doing so today.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing The Son to life on AMC,” said Meyer. “This will be a big show in which we dig deep into the epic story of our country. AMC has given us a huge template, and we will be going even further and deeper into our characters and their stories than I could have ever imagined when I wrote the book.”