Premiere Dates For Walking Dead, Mad Men, The Killing; AMC Rocks Cable

by on January 25, 2012

in Entertainment

AMC TV LogoThe other night I was watching yet one of many of the high quality shows that has come out of the AMC cable network…  it’s amazing what they’ve put out over the last few years and it got me to thinking about this network.  You see, the AMC TV of today is a very different beast from what it used to be.

In (many) years past, AMC used to be a commercial free network and air, well, movies.  Since AMC stands for American Movie Classics.  Technically, it still does, but now it’s the company LLc name, of ‘American Movie Classics Company LLC.’

During this era, I could dependably tune into AMC and watch an older movie and the only interruption was a mid-way break where a host would pipe in with some trivia about the movie and/or cast we were watching.

Now, AMC is something totally different and they’ve pulled some real winners out of the hat these last few years.  But alas, there are also TV ads, but hey, it’s barely unavoidable these days.

AMC's The Walking Dead LogoThe Walking Dead returns on February 12th, 2012.  It stars Andrew Lincoln and is created for TV by Frank Darabont (The Mist), based off of a graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman.

With The Walking Dead, in some fashion, they’ve taken a single point event like a global zombie apocalypse and have turned it into a wonderfully told story about a group of people that are trying to survive this plague of hungry, dead things.  I’m amazed what they pull out of the collective of characters in this show.

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Teaser Trailer for season 2.5 of The Walking Dead

AMC's Mad Men logoMad Men returns on March 25th, 2012.  Starring Jon Hamm and from Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos).

Mad Men is the only show I haven’t watched, but like Breaking Bad, I’ve heard great things about it and I presume that some day soon, I’ll be catching this TV show.

AMC's The Killing logoThe Killing returns to TV on April 1st, 2012.  It stars Mireille Enos, from producers Ron French (Battlestar Galactica) and Veena Sud (Cold Case).

The Killing, though it ticked off AMC TV viewers in how it ended the first season, returns on April 1st and this time around, they will be solving Rosie’s murder by the end of this second season.

The Killing is like a long, gritty, drawn out episode of Castle… where you think they’ve nailed the murderer and then, despite all appearances, isn’t the person they’re looking for!

This show is more a slow burn with a lot of intensity behind it.  Which makes sense if you look at just those two producers noted.

AMC's Breaking Bad TV show logoBreaking Bad is an incredible TV show starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.  It’s brought to us by Vince Gilligan (The X-Files).

The writing for Breaking Bad is like emotional crack and is hard to not get sucked in to characters that you should, for all intent purposes, despise.

And “Yo!”  All the while the things they do with that camera and things… (cinematography) is something else B*hes!  (Fans know who that last sentence refers to.)

All joking aside, for an incredible drama, the imagery shot is equal to the characters and story lines developed.  It’s incredible and if you’re not watching this show in HD, you are missing an awesome extra piece of entertainment.

I’m just finishing up the third season, and all I have to say is that Walt goes through more front windows than I do!

Footnote:  Bryan Cranston has won 7 awards for his work on Breaking Bad, including Emmy’s three years in a row for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  I would think that says something as I find any excuse possible to tout my new-found glee over this wonderful series.

AMC's Hell on Wheels logoHell on Wheels, starring Anson Mount and is brought to us by Joe & Tony Gayton (Faster), seriously surprised me.  I didn’t think that the era of when man ventured out west while building the railroad would interest me.  Boy, was I wrong.  The characters and their relationships with each other and their hostile environment are pretty intense.

AMC TV has a few other shows, but for the most part, these shows are the ‘pow’ in their programming punch!

I started writing this because someone who has a similar taste in shows asked me what they could check out for better than average television programming.  When I was done listing off a few shows, I thought to myself, “Huh, I should have just said AMC TV!”

And the nice thing about that is that unlike HBO and STARZ with their awesome lineup of TV shows, you don’t have to pay more per month except for that extra “tier” of entertainment that cable companies rip you off charge for.


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