Tuesday, March 24, 2020

AMC Gives Series Order to Musical Anthology 'National Anthem' Created by Scott Z. Burns

AMC has today given a series order to the original musical anthology series National Anthem created by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Report). The first season will produce eight episodes, which will likely debut in 2021.

The series depicts the tragically funny story of a middle-class midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society; periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves.

Burns will executive produce alongside Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul). Oscar and Grammy winner T Bone Burnett will serve as the music producer, while The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn will contribute words and music. AMC Studios will produce.

"National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world and our planet. Plus... it's a musical!" said Sarah Barnett, President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. "In Scott's genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing. We're so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade."