7:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Dramas From Rashida Jones, 'Halt and Catch Fire' Creators in Development at AMC
AMC is ramping up development on a pair of dramas.
The basic-cable network has opened up writers rooms for hourlong dramas Rainy Day People and Kevin Can F*** Himself under its script-to-series development model. Both dramas are being produced in-house by AMC Studios.
Rainy Day People, written by Chris Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers (Halt and Catch Fire), is a workplace drama set in a wellness center-style mental health and rehab facility. The potential series will focus on both the patients and the family and staff who have run the center over 50 years. Through the lens of treatment, perhaps the last place left in our fractured modern society where all races, creeds and demographics intersect at their messiest and most raw, the drama will examine the diversity and costs of the way we live now. Cantwell and Rogers will exec produce alongside Halt duo Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and their Gran Via banner.
Kevin Can F*** Himself is from creator Valerie Armstrong (Lodge 49) and Le Train Train duo Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Claws). The hourlong drama explores the secret life of a sitcom wife. A beauty paired with a less attractive, dismissive, caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because she’s a nag and he’s “funny.” The potential series asks what the world looks like through her eyes and will alternate between single-camera realism and multicamera zaniness. The formats will inform one another as Kevin asks what happens when the supporting character is presented as a real person? And what if that person is pissed?
"These are two genuinely inventive pieces of material from terrific creative teams whom we’ve had great experiences with,” said David Madden, president of programming at AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "We like writers rooms. We like the opportunity to write multiple scripts, to explore the dynamics of how a season will work, to really figure out who the characters are and how their behavior guides story. We’re very much looking forward to opening these rooms and seeing what these talented creators produce.”
The orders for Rainy and Kevin arrive as AMC continues to ramp up its slate of originals. The cabler, which recently saw president Charlie Collier exit to run the so-called "New Fox" network, recently axed Marti Noxon entry Dietland after one season. Next up are mini The Little Drummer Girl and dramas NOS4A2 and Jason Segel's Dispatches From Elsewhere. Still to be determined are the fates of Preacher and The Son. Its roster of originals also includes The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, McMafia, Lodge 49 and Into the Badlands.