Cancellations are on everyone’s mind these days. Nobody’s favorite show is safe, unless that show is already a megahit like Stranger Things. Between Netflix cancelling many shows long before they have a chance to shine and Time Warner Discovery merger—which has seen shows like Westworld removed from HBO Max entirely, and the finished Batgirl movie scrapped at the 11th hour—it seems as though nothing short of a Wednesday mega-hit is safe.
Now, even AMC has begun taking its shows to the chopping block.
“As human behavior continues to evolve, our industry is experiencing an unrivaled period of reflection and correction. Factors including rising inflation, challenging ad market, too many shows, and an over reliance on streaming metrics that don’t necessarily deliver profitability, have caused most content companies, including ourselves, to take stock and recalibrate their forward path,” AMC President of Entertainment and AMC Studios said recently, as the company lopped off the heads of Pantheon, Moonhaven, 61st Street, Demascus and Invitation to a Bonfire.
This was at AMC’s TCA press tour day according to Deadline, where the company was also highlighting its new slate of shows: Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches (January 8th), Bob Odenkirk’s Lucky Hank (March 19th) and the Maggie/Negan spinoff The Walking Dead: Dead City (June).
Another show that won’t survive the year: Fear The Walking Dead, a show that has itself been shambling along half-dead for the past five seasons, remarkable only in its ability to survive cancellation no matter how dreadful it became. Countless better shows have been cancelled since it jumped the shark in Season 4, but FTWD has managed to cling to life, one preposterously awful season after the next. I know. I’ve been reviewing it this entire time.
The zombie farce’s 8th season will land on AMC on May 14th and will no doubt amaze us all with its childish scripts, absurd plotting, terrible direction and unbelievable story. I can’t wait.
Oh, and here’s the teaser for Lucky Hank based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. Aaron Zelman (Silicon Valley) and Paul Lieberstein (The Office) are showrunning.