AMC’s planned expansion into half-hour comedy has been put on hold, with the network passing on the pilot “We Hate Paul Revere,” reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
The decision comes after AMC also recently pulled away from unscripted programming, the story adds. The decision to step back from “We Hate Paul Revere” comes after executives determined the project wasn’t up to the standards the cable channel wanted for its first foray into the comedy genre.
“The rationale: AMC’s maiden comedy series would set the bar for the genre on the network the way ‘Mad Men’ did on the drama side,” Andreeva writes. “That bar is high, and I hear AMC brass didn’t think ‘We Hate Paul Revere’ quite hit it out of the park, something a comedy needs these days to be able to break out in a very challenging half-hour landscape.”
AMC doesn’t have any other half-hour comedies in the works, with all eight scripts on its shortlist for pilot pickups falling into the drama category, the story notes.