Lennie James and Mark Strong
AMC's Low Winter Sun will not rise again.
The low-rated drama has been canceled after...
The world of The Walking Dead is expanding.
On Monday, AMC announced plans for a companion series that is set in the same world, but will follow new characters, which will offer a different perspective on the zombie apocalypse. With those parameters in mind, TVGuide.com came up with six ideas for the series, which will be executive-produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Keep in mind that introducing new characters doesn't mean that familiar faces couldn't take center stage in the spin-off. Take a look at our list: (Warning: Comic book and series spoilers below!)
Mark Strong and Lennie James
In a summer-TV landscape awash with conflicted baddies, wayward heroes and horrific crimes, AMC's new dirty-cop drama Low Winter Sun adds a generous amount of blood, guilt and paranoia.
Lennie James, Mark Strong
It's fitting that Low Winter Sun, AMC's gritty adaptation of the 2006 British miniseries about crooked cops, is premiering immediately after Breaking Bad this Sunday. Both shows are examinations of deeply flawed men fumbling their way through situations that cause both the characters and viewers to question their own notions of morality.
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
As if we needed more evidence that there's never a slow time of year for significant TV (except maybe Christmas week), here's a mid-August weekend with so many premieres you might think fall had come early — although the new fall season would be lucky to boast shows remotely this interesting.
The greatest buzz, of course, surrounds the beginning of the end of AMC's darkly entertaining masterpiece Breaking Bad (Sunday, 9/8c), which resumes its climactic trajectory with the first of eight final episodes — and if Sunday's blistering hour is any indication of what's to come over the next two months, we're in for quite the wrenching ride. A ride that's teased by an opening flash-forward which suggests catastrophic consequences for the domestic life of Walter White (Bryan Cranston, astonishing as ever in his swings from mensch to menacing) — whose criminal alter ego is now in danger of being exposed by his brother-in-law/DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris, a world removed from the melodramatics of his new gig Under the Dome).
Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Mark Strong
AMC's upcoming series Low Winter Sun is about police officers, but it's a far cry from the typical police procedural. The plot revolves around two detectives, played by Mark Strong and Lennie James, who murder a dirty cop in their department.
"This isn't a story about the minutiae of police work," James says in a behind-the-scenes video exclusive to TVGuide.com. "This is a thriller about people who have secrets and have ulterior motives."
Breaking Bad will return with the show's final eight episodes on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c, AMC announced on Wednesday. The network also announced a live weekly after-show called Talking Bad.
Following Breaking Bad will be the premiere of Low Winter Sun, a contemporary story of deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty) and Lennie James (The Walking Dead) star, with Criminal Minds' Chris Mundy as executive producer and writer. Talking Dead will debut immediately after at 11/10c and will analyze and dissect the details of Breaking Bad's final season.
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's Season 3 finale of The Walking Dead. Read at your own risk!]
The Walking Dead shook things up again on Sunday's Season 3 finale by killing off another main character — and proving once and for all that the AMC series is unafraid to ax anyone, no matter what happened in the comics.
In this instance, it was Andrea (Laurie Holden), who became a polarizing character in the third season when she began literally sleeping with the enemy in the form of The Governor (David Morrisey) the charismatic leader of the supposedly idyllic town of Woodbury. (Of course, Andrea learned the hard way that The Governor is actually a sadist who rules the town with an iron fist.) Still, killing off one of the few original characters who is still alive in the comics is sure to get Dead fans talking until the series returns in October. To find out why the writers decided to kill off Andrea, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Robert Kirkman, who also dishes on what's in store for Season 4...
AMC released a first-look trailer Thursday for its upcoming drama series Low Winter Sun, which will premiere this summer.
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead. Read at your own risk!]