AMC Orders Pilots From ‘Nikita’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Producers

The cable network prepares for life beyond “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The success of AMC’s original shows since 2007 has been nothing short of amazing. “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” have racked up prestigious awards and critical acclaim while “The Walking Dead” is a ratings juggernaut that outdraws several broadcast network series.

But the only way to maintain that success is by continually bringing in new shows as the older programs come to an end. “Breaking Bad” will wrap up next summer, while “Mad Men” is likely to only run two additional seasons.

Perhaps with an eye on the future, AMC has given the greenlight to two drama pilots. According to Deadline, AMC has closed deals for “Halt & Catch Fire” and “Turn,” both of which will join two other drama pilots (“Low Winter Sun” and an untitled Richard LaGravenese & Tony Goldwyn project) that were picked up earlier this year.

“Halt & Catch Fire” comes from “Breaking Bad” executive producer Mark Johnson. The potential series would take place during the ‘80s as the personal computer movement swept the country. The story will reportedly be told through the perspective of “a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.”

“Nikita” executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson are behind “Turn,” a period drama set during 1778 and it is based upon Alexander Rose’s novel, “Washington’s Spies.” “Turn” will follow Abe Woodhull, a farmer in New York who brings together a group of his childhood  friends to become an unlikely team of spies against the British during the War for Independance.

Intriguingly, Silverstein has “Turn” in first position. Which means that if “Nikita” returns for a fourth season, Silverstein would likely have to transition away from that series to concentrate on "Turn."

As for AMC’s other shows, the fate of “Hell on Wheels” is up in the air until a new showrunner is chosen and the network is said to be negotiating with Netflix about co-producing a third season of “The Killing.”

Which AMC pilot sounds more interesting: “Halt & Catch Fire” or “Turn”? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!