AMC Greenlights Two Series — Including Kevin Smith’s Comic Shop Project — and Pulls Out of Another One

Sep 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

AMC will go ahead with a pair of new series, including “Secret Stash,” the comic book store reality show from film director Kevin Smith, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The cable net has also greenlighted “JJK Security,” another reality series, focused on a family-owned private security service.

Speaking of security, AMC has opted out of “Inside the DHS,” which was supposed to examine the inner workings of the Department of Homeland Security. The show is from reality producer Craig Piligian and was expected to include the involvement of Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security.

AMC ordered six one-hour episodes of “Secret Stash,” set in Smith’s New Jersey comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The show launches in first quarter 2012.

In a statement, Smith referenced AMC’s lineup of critically acclaimed shows, including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” Said Smith: "Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn’t be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they’re the premier destination for any storyteller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch.”

The network ordered eight half-hour episodes of “JJK Security,” with a target launch of third quarter 2012.

Said exec producer Ken Druckerman: “From the moment that I set foot in the JJK offices and met the staff, I fell in love with them and knew they were a show. But I couldn’t think of anything like it on TV, so naturally I was worried that we would never find the right home. Fortunately, AMC fell in love with the cast and their story for the same reasons that we did.”

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