With genre TV currently enjoying a huge boom, AMC is developing a new sci-fi series with Rainn Wilson and a dark anthology series with Chris Hardwick.
As announced by the network at the recent TCA tour, Wilson – best known to genre fans for the likes of House of 1000 Corpses, the US version of The Office, Juno, Monsters vs Aliens, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Super, Cooties, and the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery and Meg – will be working with AMC for what’s currently dubbed Untitled Rainn Wilson Project. The new series is described as “a one-hour scripted series that follows an alien entity which takes over the body of a poly-addicted, middle-aged man living in the San Fernando Valley.”
For Chris Hardwick, he’s now the host of AMC’s The Talking Dead post-Walking Dead chat show, and he actually featured alongside Wilson in House of 1000 Corpses. Where Hardwick’s new series is concerned, that will be titled Underbelly and is set to delve into the darker elements of pop culture. The early word on the show has it pegged as: “This anthology explores storylines related to the fan experience, celebrity, greed, alienation, obsession, and vanity.”
On this news, AMC’s Charlie Collier said, “We are at our best when we bet on and support exceptional talent; and this diverse development slate, from exceptional creators with distinct points of view, includes multiple projects from longstanding and successful AMC partners. Our deep pipeline of projects embodies our eclectic by design, quality programming approach and our scripts-to-series development model that puts the emphasis on the most important part of our strategy – outstanding writing, a commitment to worlds you’ve never seen on TV before, and rich character development.”
Expect more on both of these projects as they continue to develop.
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