AMC is scrapping nearly all of its reality programming in an effort to rebuild the network's scripted content.
"Scripted originals are at the core of the AMC brand, iconic shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have driven AMC's evolution into a must-have television network," an AMC spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are proud of our efforts in unscripted programming and the unique worlds we have been able to introduce, but in an environment of exploding content options for viewers, we have decided to make scripted programming our priority."
Under the new direction, only the Walking Dead companion series Talking Dead and Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men will remain. Despite previous renewals, Game of Arms, Small Town Security and Freakshow have all been cut along with all the reality projects in development. Producers, including Chris Hardwick and Smith, will have the option to meet with new networks for their projects.
AMC recently renewed its highest rated series The Walking Dead for a sixth season and has ordered more seasons for Halt & Catch Fire, Turn and the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
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