June 10, 2011 |
The reason AMC executives were willing to lock horns long enough with "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner to push the Season 5 premiere back a year is about to become very clear: AMC is flush with quality programming, flush enough to have three horses in the Emmy race. Which is good news for AMC, and viewers, and bad news for the networks. Sometimes a lucky strike is more than just a lucky strike, and when it premiered, "Mad Men" was more than just a great show. It was AMC's announcement that it was not only getting into the original content business, it was also getting into the pay cable-style original content business: 13-episode series from serious writers with serious casts and ratings that ranged from hard PG-13 to R. "Breaking Bad," which premiered six months after "Mad Men," drew accolades for its cast (Bryan Cranston has won three consecutive lead actor Emmys, though the series is ineligible this year)
October 29, 2010 |
Zombies are back in a big way this Halloween, with "The Walking Dead" premiering on AMC and the British miniseries "Dead Set" on IFC. Frankly, it's not a moment too soon. We've all but ruined all the other good monsters, turning perfectly decent vampires and werewolves into sad-eyed pin-up boys (and girls), reducing the dimensions of evil and corruption they once represented to eternal adolescent angst. But zombies, well, there's not much you can do to a zombie. You can fiddle with their land speeds and their raison d'être (Worldwide pandemic?
August 15, 2013 |
"Owner's Manual," a new reality series debuting Thursday on AMC, takes a familiar dichotomy of human nature - the way some people will read instructions when assembling some bit of flat-packed furniture or installing a new piece of home electronics, versus the way some people don't - and bumps it up in scale and riskiness, as two men operate powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles (trains, planes, race cars, a sailing ship) with which they were previously unfamiliar. Marcus Hunt (HGTV's "Hammer Heads")
April 17, 2013 |
The fight between the nation's largest theater chains and Walt Disney Studios over the upcoming release of "Iron Man 3" escalated on Thursday, when AMC Chief Executive Gerry Lopez took the studio to task for taking what he described as an unusually hard line in negotiations. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lopez declined to discuss the specific points of disagreement but said he could not accept Disney's demand for how much revenue it would collect from the film. The dispute prompted AMC, the nation's second-largest theater chain, to announce Wednesday that it would stop selling advance tickets for the film.
September 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if Fox's "Dads" overcame bad reviews. The Skinny: I'll be curious to see how Fox's "Dads" did after all the nasty reviews from critics. I watched two episodes of "Dads," which is from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, and my problem was that it just wasn't funny enough for me. It also proved the point that jokes that work in animation don't always work as well in non-animated shows. Wednesday's headlines include the ongoing search for a film czar here in Los Angeles and a backlash against AMC for dragging out the end of "Mad Men. " Daily Dose: Mark Hollinger, who has spent more than two decades at cable programming giant Discovery Communications, will exit the company next June when his contract expires.
May 26, 2012 |
Detective Stephen Holder is a twitchy mess. As played by Joel Kinnaman on the AMC crime drama"The Killing," he's pale, skinny as a waif, all dark circles and nervous energy - you could catch something just from looking at him. On the show, now in its second season on AMC, Holder and detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) try to solve the murder of a young girl while keeping their own demons at bay - in Holder's case drug addiction. AMC has promised to serve up the murderer by the Season 2 finale, but it's not clear how the detectives will survive the ordeal.
May 1, 1987
American Motors Corp. said the 0% financing will apply to certain 1986 and 1987 Renault cars and Jeeps, starting May 1. It is the company's second such sales incentive campaign in less than 12 months. AMC ran a similar program last autumn. The new sales campaign comes just a month after Chrysler, the third-largest U.S. auto maker, agreed to acquire the 46% stake in AMC held by Renault, the French state-owned car company.
April 26, 1986
American Motors reported an $18.9-million loss for the first quarter and cited continued sluggish sales of subcompact cars. Contributing to the loss were costs of launching the Jeep Wrangler, which replaced the Jeep CJ. AMC's showing was an improvement from a year earlier, when the car maker lost $29 million. The new figures put AMC's cumulative losses since 1980 at $759 million.
December 6, 2012 |
Even by the gruesome standards of AMC's zombie megahit "The Walking Dead," the death of Lori Grimes, the heavily pregnant wife of protagonist Rick Grimes, was unusually brutal : a crude prison-floor C-section followed by a bullet to the head dispatched by her young son, Carl. Yet many viewers greeted the development not with despair or horror but with a sadistic kind of glee, flocking to Twitter, Facebook and online comment threads to post heartwarming eulogies like this one: "Lori left The Walking Dead the same way she came in. With her pants off. " The incongruous reaction to Lori's demise in the Nov. 4 episode fits in with a broader trend at AMC, where unpopular first wives have become a network hallmark in the same way incest plot lines and gratuitous female nudity have at HBO. In addition to Lori, there's Betty, the long-suffering spouse (and now ex)
May 21, 1987 |
After more than two months delay, American Motors finally agreed to be acquired by Chrysler after the No. 3 auto maker upped its offer, AMC announced Wednesday. AMC's board of directors, which had been studying Chrysler's takeover proposal since March, said Wednesday it approved a deal under which Chrysler will buy all of AMC's outstanding shares not held by Renault, the French auto maker, for $4.50 per share.