What does the future hold for AMC without the likes of Breaking Bad, which ended in September, and Mad Men, which has just one season left? Well, perhaps a technology-less world à la NBC's Revolution and a rogue doctor in 18th Century London.
AMC ordered two new drama pilots today. The first, set to be produced by Ridley Scott, is Galyntine, which is already raising eyebrows for sounding pretty much exactly like NBC's Revolution. James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly sees the similarity as full circle, as Revolution is sorta like AMC's own The Walking Dead. Vulture's Margaret Lyons tweeted: "Is there a phrase less inspiring than 'In the vein of NBC’s Revolution'? Oy." Meanwhile, the official synopsis says that Galyntine is "a wholly-original vision" that "takes place at a time after a cataclysmic technology-induced disaster has resulted in a new society that has eschewed any form of technology."
The other pilot announced continues the network's trend of period pieces. Knifeman, which has the honor of being the network's dumbest-sounding title to date, is about a doctor in 18th Century London. He sounds like your typical antihero: "a charming, arrogant, decorum-breaking genius who challenges societal norms to transform his visions into cutting-edge discoveries." He's also "hard drinking, hard living." He harvests organs for extra money. Sounds sorta like 18th Century House, mixed with Sweeney Todd.
Only time will tell whether these will inspire the same fervor as a Breaking Bad, or same numbers as a Walking Dead. AMC, with its thinning roster, can only hope.