AMC has ordered a pair of pilots, one a murder mystery, the other a legal thriller.
The network has given the pilot greenlight to Low Winter Sun, a co-production from Endemol Studios and AMC Studios, and what it's calling the "Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project," from AMC Studios. This marks the first time the network, home to four-time Emmy drama winner Mad Men and the popular zombie series, The Walking Dead, has given the okay to two scripted pilots at the same time.
Based on the 2006 two-part British miniseries written by Simon Donald and starring Mark Strong, Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. The story begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. What was seemingly the perfect crime activates forces that will forever alter that detective's life and pull him into the heart of the Motor City's underworld
Centering on a District Attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case, the Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project is a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes. It explores personal morality and how people struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe.
"Both of these shows represent an opportunity to continue what our existing scripted series have established so well - a commitment to great writing, and shows that tackle complex characters in a genuine and authentic way," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's EVP of original programming, production and digital content
Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald, senior vice president of scripted development and current programming, and Jason Fisher, senior vice president of production, oversee the pilots' development and production for the network.