Saturday, January 14, 2017

AMC Announces Premiere Dates for 'Better Call Saul,' 'Into the Badlands' and 'The Son'

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, AMC announced premiere dates for returning dramas Better Call Saul and Into the Badlands as well as new drama The Son. The network is also reteaming with the BBC to adapt another John le CarrĂ© novel into a limited series, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold follows a British intelligence office whose network in East Berlin is in tatters following the erection of the Berlin Wall. His agents are either on the run or dead at the hands of an East German counter-intelligence officer. So he's recalled to London where he's offered a chance at revenge - but to get it, he'll have to stay out in the cold a little longer.

Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) will write the limited series adaptation. Ink Factory will produce, with Paramount Television handling international distribution. 

"John le Carre is one of the master storytellers of our time, and to have the opportunity once again to put his page to our screen is an absolute privilege," said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development, AMC and SundanceTV. "Spy is a deep tale of intrigue in one of the most uncertain times in history. We're very much looking forward to continuing our great partnership with Ink Factory and BBC as well as Paramount Television."

Season 2 of Into the Badlands will begin on Sunday, March 19 at 10/9c. The new season will include 10 episodes.

The drama stars Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Marton Csokas and Nick Frost.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar created the drama. They executive produce with Wu, Stephen Fung, David Dobkin, Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg. AMC Studios, Millar Gough Ink, Big Kid Pictures, Diversion Pictures and Double Feature Films produce.

The Son will make its series debut on Saturday, April 8 at 9/8c. with a two-hour premiere. Additionally, the drama will be the first drama to have its full season simulcast on AMC and SundanceTV. 

Based on Philipp Meyer's novel of the same name, The Son is a sweeping family saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the transformation of Eli McCullough, the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer.

The drama stars Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Jess Weixler, Sydney Lucas, Carlos Bardem, Paola Nunez, Jacob Lofland and Zahn McClarnon.

Meyer created the drama with Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner for the first season. All four executive produce with Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni. AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment produce.

The Emmy-nominated drama Better Call Saul returns for Season 3 on Monday, April 10 at 10/9c. 

The drama stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. Additionally, it's been confirmed today that Giancarlo Esposito will reprise his Breaking Bad role as Gus Fring on the upcoming season. 

Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan created the drama, which is a prequel to Breaking Bad. They executive produce with Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison.