AMC has placed orders for three new series, with The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reporting that the orders reflect the cable channel's effort to pump up its unscripted offerings. All three orders are for reality shows.
The channel placed an eight-episode order for a television version of Chris Hardwick's Web series "All-Star Celebrity Bowling," to be hosted by Randy and Jason Sklar. The series, from High Noon Productions, "will feature different casts of celebrities facing off on the lanes for charity each week," the story reports, adding: "'Celebrity Bowling's' pilot episode features some network promotion with Jon Hamm and the cast of 'Mad Men' facing off against Hardwick's 'Nerdist' team."
Another new series is an untitled wrestling project from Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. The hour show, which received an eight-episode order, will follow Corgan's activities as the new creative director of Chicago-based wrestling league Resistance Pro.
"Lastly, there's 'Visionaries' (working title), a workplace docuseries about the employees of Hollywood prop and set design outfit Vision Scenery. The half-hour is getting six episodes," THR reports.
Said AMC Senior VP of Unscripted Programming Eliot Goldberg: “These three new series represent AMC’s continuing push to find truly original ideas and explore fascinating worlds. We are thrilled to continue our incredible partnership with Chris Hardwick, host of our most successful unscripted series, 'Talking Dead,' and with Left/Right, one of the most innovative producers in the business. We can’t wait to bring these three extremely entertaining series to viewers next year.”