In a press release today, AMC TV announced pilot orders for a crime and suspense dramas.
The Killing is based on the Danish suspense series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, the plotline ties together three distinct stories about a single murder and as the detectives assigned to the case disagree about the best course of action, they chase down a variety of leads and suspects. Along the way there are major repercussions for the victim's family, the detectives, the suspects, and the local politicians connected to the case. It is an exploration of Seattle politics; a unique portrayal of a victim's grieving family, and a study of the personal life of a cop. There are no accidents in The Killing. Everyone has a secret, and while our characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.
The Walking Dead is based on the series of comic books by Robert Kirkman. It tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.
"In a short time AMC has become known for telling the best stories on television. Today's announcement underscores the network's commitment to working with the premier talent in the industry and further supports AMC's commitment to being the home for premium television on basic cable," said Charlie Collier, president and general manager of AMC.
Both pilots are expected to go into production next quarter.
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