AMC has pulled the plug on most of the unscripted programs in its lineup, including “Freak Show,” “Game of Arms” and “Small Town Security,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Only two shows have been spared as the network shifts its focus to scripted programming, the story reports. The only remaining unscripted shows will be “Talking Dead,” the companion series to AMC’s hit scripted zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” and Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men,” the article notes.
All other current reality shows have been canceled, and the unscripted programs that were in development, including a project from “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, “are now dead,” the story adds.
“Scripted originals are at the core of the AMC brand. Iconic shows like ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ have driven AMC’s evolution into a must-have television network,” an AMC spokesman said in a statement. “We are proud of our efforts in unscripted programming and the unique worlds we have been able to introduce, but in an environment of exploding content options for viewers, we have decided to make scripted programming our priority.”
Some reductions in staff within its unscripted programming department are expected, the piece adds. AMC has a staff of about 10 in New York and Los Angeles working on unscripted programming.
The two unscripted shows that are still on the schedule are there because of the strength of “The Walking Dead,” the story points out.