AMC, popularly known for its award-winning dramas like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, wants to expand its programming to include serious comedy contenders. During its upfront presentation to advertisers, the network announced that it’s given the green light to its first original comedy series, We Hate Paul Revere. Also announced were comedy projects in development from various comedic talents, including one from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg called Sober Buddies. Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men was renewed for a fourth season, which included developing a possible late night talk show for Smith called Hollywood Babble-On.
Former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent Wyatt Cenac stars in one of these potential shows. No Money Down follows his character as he bottoms out and begins working at an Austin car dealership with an interesting variety of people. Cenac will write and executive produce. Also on the development slate is an untitled John Leguizamo project that follows a group of men in Queens, the Bronx, and upper Manhattan dealing with careers, relationships, family and getting older. The Ghetto Klown comedian will star, co-write and executive produce.
Random Acts, from writer and executive producer Andrea Abbate, follows Katie and Lisa. As single girls in their early 30’s, the two work through issues with relationships, family, and growing up. As contract killers in Echo Park, the girls work through issues with drug lords, crooked cops, and unpaid debts.
FX went through a similar expansion years ago and has seen success by offering solid comedy shows like Louie, The League, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as a slew of funny projects currently in development. Maybe AMC will soon find their comedic talent to attract more viewers to the channel that used to be limited to Rocky marathons.