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AMC Gives New Drama a Straight-to-Series Order

Oct 5, 2016  •  Post A Comment

AMC is moving forward with a new drama series from a production team that includes Peter Ocko (“Pushing Daisies,” “The Office”), Jim Gavin (author, “Middle Men”) and Paul Giamatti (“Billions,” “Sideways,” “Outsiders,” “Hoke”).

The series is “Lodge 49,” written and created by Gavin, with Ocko set as showrunner. Dan Carey (“Outsiders,” “Hoke” “John Dies At The End,” All Is Bright”) is on board as a producer for AMC Studios.

“Lodge 49” is described as a modern fable set in Long Beach.

“The series is centered on Dud, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died,” AMC says in its announcement. “Through the Lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes.”

The cable channel ordered 10 one-hour episodes.

In announcing the series order, Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV, said: “‘Lodge 49’ is a show that defies easy categorization. It is, at once, a show about a lovable loser, the idea that life can be magical if you look at it from the right angle, what it means to be on the fringe, and the importance of community. It’s also incredibly funny, poignant and truly entertaining.”

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