May 03, 2012 1:50pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
AMC Gives Pilot Orders to Two Scripted Dramas
AMC for the first time has picked up two drama pilots at the same time, giving orders to Low Winter Sun and an untitled effort from Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn.
The network said Thursday that the two scripts had come out on top from its "pilot bakeoff" process, in which the network hears pitches for all its projects.
Low Winter Sun, a co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studios, is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds, Cold Case) will pen the project and executive produce and serve as showrunner on the series, with Endemol's Jeremy Gold and Greg Brenman exec producing. CAA brokered the deal. The effort marks the network's second co-production with Endemol, following Western drama Hell on Wheels, which the cabler renewed for a second season late last year.
The untitled LaGravenese and Goldwyn project, from AMC Studios, is described as a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes and centers on a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. LaGravenese (The Fisher King) will write and executive produce alongside Goldwyn, who will direct. Andrew Sugerman (Conviction) will co-exec produce. Goldwyn, whose directing gigs include episodes of Dexter, Justified and ABC's Scandal, the Shonda Rhimes D.C.-set political-fixer drama on which he also stars as the president of the United States.
"Both of these shows represent an opportunity to continue what our existing scripted series have established so well -- a commitment to great writing and shows that tackle complex characters in a genuine and authentic way,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s exec vp original programming, production and digital content. "Richard and Tony have collaborated on an explosive piece of storytelling that explores race and capital punishment in a way that transcends the legal genre. And Chris has captured the strength and intensity of the source material to create a muscular, Detroit-based character piece that explores the themes of such diverse stories as Crime and Punishment and Heat.”
Given the success of in-house production The Walking Dead, the network is looking to build its portfolio of owned shows. Unlike past years, the springtime bake-off was closed to all outside studio productions.