AMC’s drama Low Winter Sun seemed like a good fit to air as a companion to the final set of Breaking Bad episodes this summer. Regardless, it was never a ratings-bringer, and on Friday the cable network officially announced it will not be bringing the drama back for a second season.
Usually when you have to watch an ad before a video, it's something separate from the video itself, but in the case of AMC's preview for The Walking Dead, the advertisement was built right into the video, as AMC used the first thirty-seconds of their Walking Dead Season 4 preview to promote the currently airing Low Winter Sun. That appears to be AMC's online equivalent of showing the Walking Dead clip during the Low Winter Sun broadcast, in the hopes of luring the millions of Walking Dead fans out there over to one of their new series.
While it's not exactly bringing in the massive numbers that The Walking Dead earned in its most recent season, Breaking Bad certainly has cause to celebrate what's undeniably a ratings win after last Sunday night's mid-season return.
Low Winter Sun follows the murder of a cop and the subsequent cover up, set against the backdrop of a corrupt police unit where nobody trusts each other and no one is talking. The standard of a pilot doesn’t always say a lot about where a series might be going, but if this is what we have to expect from Low Winter Sun, the series will offer an escape unlike anything else television has to offer.
There are a lot of cop dramas on television, but even the marketing for Low Winter Sun has shown AMC’s new program to be a little more outside-the-box than what audiences have come to expect from most crime dramas. Low Winter Sun will tell the tale of cops who must cover up the death of another cop after killing him. That drama will be central to the narrative and it shows in AMC’s new key art for Low Winter Sun, which focuses on Mark Strong’s character, Frank Agnew.
The summer TV season has begun, as most of the Midseason series have wrapped up and we're starting to see the networks roll out their summer offerings. Once upon a time, summer was the down season for TV, but in this day and age, cable and network television offer a nice variety of scripted and unscripted programming to fill the gap between spring and fall.
In addition to the big announcement today on the highly anticipated premiere date for Breaking Bad and its new companion series, Talking Bad, AMC had plenty more news to share in the upfronts.That includes summer premiere dates for a number of new and returning shows, some renewals including Talking Dead, and some new projects in development.
The first preview for AMC’s newest drama, Low Winter Sun, offers us a glimpse at the murder of a cop by other cops that will be central to the narrative. Mark Strong is strangely silent throughout most of the preview, letting another cop (played by Lennie James) allude to the reasons for the cop killing, as well as noting that the two need to watch each other’s backs.
Last spring, AMC greenlighted a pilot for the remake of a British miniseries called Low Winter Sun. The project would follow a cop who commits the perfect murder when he gets away with killing another cop, but is eventually sucked into the city’s underworld after the event. Such a dark and dangerous premise seems perfect for a one-hour drama on AMC, and apparently the network believes so, too. AMC has picked up Low Winter Sun to series, signing on for 10 episodes of the show.
AMC has ordered two scripted pilots at once today, a result of what the network likes to call its “bake-off” – a yearly event in which pilot scripts are showcased. It’s the first time they’ve ever ordered two pilots at the same time, a possible sign that they’ll be looking to increase their scripted programming even more in the future.