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AMC Orders Two New Pilots: Walking Dead and The Killing



According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC has picked up two new drama pilots, “Walking Dead” and “The Killing.”

The pilots mark the fourth and fifth pilots ordered by the cable network joining “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad and “Rubicon” (which airs this summer.)

The two new pilots also continue “the tradition of delivering premium cable quality shows on basic cable,” AMC president and GM Charlie Collier said.

“Walking Dead” is based on Robert Kirkman’s 2003 cult classic comic book. It chronicles the years following a zombie apocalypse and focuses on a small group of survivors who are led by policeman Rick Grimes as they look for a secure place to call home.

“The Killing” is based on the Danish series “Forbrydelsen” and was written by Veena Sud (“CBS’ Cold Case”). It is set in Seattle where it  follows the investigation of a young girl’s murder through three different perspectives- the police, the victim’s family and the mayor’s office.

“It’s ‘Prime Suspect’ meets ‘The Wire,’ ” FtvS exec vp David Madden said. “We’re cutting between the three interconnected worlds that are all affected by the killing and everything that has come out in the investigation.”

AMC’s first three series were original concepts, the fact that “Dead” and “Killing” are not is simply a coincidence according to AMC senior vp original programming and production Joel Stillerman said.

“We think that both of these pieces are incredibly original and distinctive,” he said.

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