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AMC continues bolster its originals with foreign co-productions.
The basic cable network is teaming with Killing Eve producers Sid Gentle Films and U.K. producers Alibi for a new scripted drama, Ragdoll. The six-part murder thriller will be run by Freddy Syborn (Sex Education) and exec produced by Sally Woodward Gentle.
Ragdoll, which will film in London and debut in late 2021, follows detectives as they look to untangle the case of the Ragdoll Killer, who has killed six people and sewn their bodies into the shape of one grotesque body nicknamed the Ragdoll. AMC will be the stateside home for the series.
“We have enjoyed and been impressed with Sid Gentle Films during our partnership on Killing Eve, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with them again on Ragdoll. This dark yet comedic project written by the talented Freddy has the makings of a fast-paced yet cerebral thriller featuring the premium storytelling and compelling characters viewers expect from AMC,” said AMC president Dan McDermott.
Ragdoll was one of a number of announcements that came ahead of AMC’s time before members of the Television Critics Association during the virtual winter press tour. The cabler, which was promoting upcoming fare including The Beast Must Die and Kevin Can F— Himself, was mum on when the final season of Better Call Saul would return and any future expansion plans for the Walking Dead universe.
In other news, William Hurt, Maude Apatow and Corey Stoll have joined the voice cast of Pantheon, its first primetime animated drama series. Creator Craig Silverstein, whose roots with AMC go back to Turn, has signed an overall deal with the cabler.
Other series greenlights include an untitled Black horror anthology that will launch later this year on horror streaming service Shudder as well as on AMC+, followed at some point by a linear debut. Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Ezra C. Daniels, Victor LaValle and Al Letson are set to write installments of the series. Robin R. Means Coleman, author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films From the 1890s to Present, will consult alongside documentary producers Phil Nobile Jr., Kelly Ryan and Ashlee Blackwell.
Meanwhile, ALLBLK — the streaming service created by BET founder Robert L. Johnson that was rebranded from UMC in December — has commissioned an anthology bringing classic Bible stories to life. Covenant is written and created by Kaye Singleton (American Soul).
Elsewhere in the AMC Networks fold, Shudder has handed out an early third season renewal for Creepshow, from The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero. Season three will debut later this year. The sophomore season returns April 1. On the streaming front, AMC+ has acquired crime dramas Kin, Too Close and Cold Courage.
In release date news, new episodes of The Walking Dead will arrive on AMC+ Thursdays starting March 4 ahead of their linear debut on Sundays. The second half of Fear the Walking Dead season six will also be available early, starting April 8 with its linear return set for April 11. Other key dates include the March 7 return of AMC’s Ride With Norman Reedus; Gangs of London will bow April 4; Doctor Who: Fury From the Deep is set for March 21 on BBC America; Top Gear is back at a date to be determined in April; while the final season of IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show returns Feb. 24.
In all, the wave of announcements illustrates an emerging strategy that sees AMC, and its various sibling networks and platforms, prioritize streaming as well as foreign co-productions as it looks to remain competitive in a era when linear ratings continue to erode.
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