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‘Low Winter Sun’ Gets a Series Order From AMC

Believe it or not, this news does impact “The Walking Dead”

As AMC prepares for the eventuality of life without “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” a new series has been added to the network’s lineup.

AMC has officially ordered “Low Winter Sun” to series, giving it a ten episode first season. Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty) stars as a police detective in Detroit who gets drawn into the underworld of crime after murdering a fellow detective. 

Endemol Studios and AMC Studios are producing “Low Winter Sun,” with Chris Mundy (“Criminal Minds”) attached as the showrunner.

In a statement, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Joel Stillerman said "Endemol and Chris Mundy have produced a beautiful pilot with an incredible cast led by the insanely talented Mark Strong, We’re thrilled to be moving forward with this compelling and intense new drama and look forward to returning to Detroit for production on the first season."

“Low Winter Sun” will likely premiere in 2013 on AMC. However a specific debut date was not revealed in this announcement.

Lennie James (“Jericho”) is set to co-star in “Low Winter Sun;” which would seemingly prevent him from returning to “The Walking Dead” full time as Morgan, the character he portrayed in the comic. During the original storyline, Morgan eventually came back for a much larger role. However, there are some rumors that James has (or will) film a cameo appearance for “The Walking Dead” this season, but nothing appears to be confirmed.

In other “Walking Dead” news, AMC announced that repeats of the first season and the first half of the second season will be broadcast in black and white (like the original comic book series) beginning on Thursday, February 14. As it has previously, “The Walking Dead” repeats will be used to prop up AMC’s reality show lineup including new episodes of “Comic Book Men,” “Freakshow” and “Immortalized.”