A basic cable channel that has been chalking up a string of ratings successes — including the most-watched drama ever on basic cable — rolled out plans to delve into an area where it hasn’t been all that successful: reality TV.
The channel is AMC, whose "The Walking Dead" currently ranks as the all-time most-watched basic cable drama. Now AMC is hoping that it can break through in reality programming with a new series focused on arm wrestling.
The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that AMC placed an order for "King of Arms," which grapples with the world of competitive arm wrestling. The show will track members of five arm wrestling clubs, based in locations from Baton Rouge, La., to New York City.
Each of the program’s 10 episodes will end with an arm wrestling match. The reality show comes from Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnik, the Emmy-winning producers of Discovery’s "Deadliest Catch."
"As an added coup and a sign of confidence in the material, the show will premiere in the first quarter of next year, timed to the second half of ‘The Walking Dead’s’ current season," the story says.
The report adds: "AMC is on a roll these days, having just concluded the much heralded series ‘Breaking Bad,’ announcing the two-part final season of ‘Mad Men,’ and launching the fourth season of ‘The Walking Dead,’ which currently stands as the most-watched drama in basic cable history."
The piece notes that unlike rivals A&E and History, AMC has not fared particularly well in the reality genre.