Thursday, January 5, 2023

AMC Rescinds Season 2 Order for '61st Street' and Series Order for 'Invitation to a Bonfire'

Despite originally being picked up for two seasons in 2019, AMC has today decided not to move forward with the second season of its original drama series 61st Street. Furthermore, the cable network has pulled the plug on the drama series Invitation to a Bonfire - which received a series order in February 2022.

The second season of 61st Street has already been shot, though AMC no longer has any plans to air it. Meanwhile, production had been completed on four of the six episodes ordered for the first season of Invitation to a Bonfire. It's unclear if either projects will look to be released on other platforms. The reversal orders come after AMC previously took back the Season 2 renewal of its original drama series Moonhaven.

The decisions were made as part of cost-cutting measures announced by the network last month, with the company wanting to take write-downs for up to $475 million. Per an SEC filing, that overall figure includes $400 million from "strategic programming assessments" and $75 million from "organization restructuring costs."

61st Street starred Courtney B. Vance, Tosin Cole, Bentley Green, Holt McCallany, Aunjanue Ellis, Andrene Ward-Hammond and Mark O'Brien.

Peter Moffat created the drama. He executive produced with Vance, Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo, Hilary Salmon and J. David Shanks. AMC Studios, BBC Studios and Outlier Society produced.

The 8-episode first season aired from April 10, 2022 to May 29, 2022. The second season also produced eight episodes.

Invitation to a Bonfire was set to star Tatiana Maslany, Freya Mavor, Pilou Asbæk and Ngozi Anyanwu.

Rachel Caris Love developed the drama based on the novel by Adrienne Celt. She executive produced with Maslany, Robin Schwartz, Kyle Laursen and Cherien Dabis. AMC Studios produced.