Gerry Canavan

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AMC’s Existential Economics

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Cranston had pitched a show of his own to AMC a while ago. It revolves around a “lifetime military guy,” he says, “39 years old, who has a bad experience in Kandahar and decides to become a drill sergeant.” Cranston thought the pitch went well. Charlie Collier himself was considering producing it.

But now Cranston has just found out the network has passed. “They had Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Rubicon,” he says. “And then along came The Walking Dead and blew everything out of the water. It tripled our ratings. I mean, hordes of zombies! ‘Arrrrghhh!’ My guess is, they saw that and said, ‘More, bigger, flashier.’ My guess is, if someone brought them Rubicon today, they wouldn’t greenlight it.”

New York Magazine on the rise (and fall?) of AMC. Via MetaFilter.

Written by gerrycanavan

May 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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  1. yeah, but didn’t Rubicon suck? I didn’t see it, but heard nothing but bad reviews. And The Killing is awesome, so…

    Bill Simmon

    May 30, 2011 at 3:15 am

  2. The Killing must have been greenlit before The Walking Dead, so it doesn’t count. Your intel on Rubicon matches mine, though my dad liked it and I will probably get the first disc from Netflix just to see. I take the mere fact that it was on AMC as an endorsement.

    gerrycanavan

    May 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

  3. Rubicon, which I didn’t watch with any devotion, was on par with The Killing in quality. The deficiency in coherence vis-a-vis a tidy through-line like The Killing’s probably spelled its downfall. Plus, spy intrigue usually garners less TV interest than true crime. I’m a fan of The Killing and think there’s nothing wrong with the show, but compared to other AMC fare, it’s not very risky and is noteworthy almost exclusively for its atmosphere and pacing.

    J.T.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:31 am


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