AMC wants to go beyond ‘The Walking Dead’ and bets on a new vampire universe

The saturation of the television market does not intimidate AMC Networks, which has laid its cards on the table for the coming months. During the presentation of its wide offer for the 2022-23 season, the audiovisual conglomerate has revealed what news will be coming to its wide range of channels linear payment and what are your plans for AMC+the newborn streaming service that has been operational since the beginning of the summer.

In the linear sphere, variety will continue to be the company’s hallmark. Through history will be released the docuseries ‘Colosseo’ (October 10), which reviews the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and a special focused on Egypt on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. For its part, Canal Cocina will offer ‘Firefighters cooks’ in November, its own format that gets into the kitchens of fire stations, and in the autumn ‘Canal Cocina passes you the apron’ or ‘Jamie Oliver with just a frying pan’ will also arrive.

Samantha Morton in 'Tales of The Walking Dead'

Samantha Morton in ‘Tales of The Walking Dead’

And that’s not all, since the rest of the entertainment and documentary channels will also try to please their targets: AMC Break has in its hands the documentary ‘Elon Musk’s accident’ (September 9)Odyssey will jump between figures as striking as Jane Goodall or Michael Jackson, AMC Crime to exclusively release ‘Controlling Britney Spears’ (November 12) and Decasa will feature the new seasons of ‘De sin a con’ and ‘Casatalentos’.

As for its fictional nuclei, AMC Spain will try to engage with the French remake of ‘Luther’ (September), the also gala ‘Espiral’ (October 13) and the third season of ‘Das Boot’ (November), while SundanceTV doubles its interest in European series with ‘Detective Harjunpäa’ (September 8) and ‘Transport’ (October 6). Also, SundanceTV “will have a lot of festival cinema”, as highlighted by Manuel Balsera, general director of AMC in Southern Europe, who has estimated 600 films that will reach the different channels in the next four months. In that regard, also we must take into account the impact of chains such as XTRM, Dark, Somos or Canal Hollywoodwho will bet mainly on sagas throughout the fall.

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Apart from all these proposals, which will populate the grills of the different payment operators, Balsera has also emphasized the progressive expansion of AMC +, which today has gone a step further by announcing its integration as a channel on Apple TV. Whether by this means or by the others available to the public, whoever decides to subscribe will come across fictions such as ‘Dark Winds’ or ‘Moonhaven’, to which The anthology ‘Tales of The Walking Dead’ will be added on September 22, which tells different stories within AMC’s flagship franchise.

Later, the saga will add another branch, ‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’, which will follow in the footsteps of Negan and Maggie and that it will be released sometime in 2023. And even further on the horizon is the spinoff starring Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira, which replaces the canceled movie trilogy. So that, AMC + will feature post-apocalyptic news, and is also working to recover licenses of the universe and the “rest of the franchises that have made up AMC”.

Jacob Anderson in 'Interview with the Vampire'

Jacob Anderson in ‘Interview with the Vampire’

Even so, not all efforts will be dedicated to surrounding ourselves with zombies, since vampires will also become very important. Since AMC acquired the rights to 18 Anne Rice novels in 2020, the television group has advanced in the development of two series: ‘Interview with the vampire’led by Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid, and ‘Mayfair Witches’, starring Alexandra Daddario. Both are part of the same universe, which is expected to increase in the coming years with several more series.

Unlike ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and ‘Mayfair Witches’ or the fourth season of ‘Documentary Now!’, which have not set tabs on the schedule, the western ‘That Dirty Black Bag’ has confirmed that it will arrive on AMC+ on October 13, as well as the second installment of ‘Fuck you, Kevin’, which will land in November. Instead, what in all likelihood will not be part of the service is advertisingwhich is making its way to Netflix or Disney +.

Finally, Balsera has also talked about its own production in Spain. “We are contemplating it, but it is not a key in our strategy“, points out the executive, who, far from rushing to get into the pool of local content, sees it as a somewhat distant goal: “In the short term we do not have a work plan. We are studying co-productions“.

AMC wants to go beyond ‘The Walking Dead’ and bets on a new vampire universe