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AMC has been dominating cable programming in recent months, and the network shows no signs of losing its momentum. 2015 saw some big successes for AMC with new series Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead and Into the Badlands. Now, AMC is kicking off 2016 with the confirmation of another new series to hit the roster with The Son.
The Son will be a multi-generational drama about the birth of America as a superpower, as told through the rise and fall of a Texas oil empire. It's based on a book of the same name by Philip Meyer, and the author is on board for the project to adapt his novel for the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.AMC has been light on all the other details so far, so there’s no news yet of when viewers will be able to expect The Son to hit the airwaves or whether or not there has been any movement toward casting.
The Son has been ordered straight to series without the traditional process of first ordering a pilot as a sample. While each Better Call Saul and Fear the Walking Dead had a pilot before their series orders, Into the Badlands was picked up straight to series as part of AMC’s new developmental pipeline. The network has opted to avoid the pilot process and instead focus on reading multiple scripts and choosing those that would best fit the AMC roster.
It should be interesting to see how The Son will fare on AMC. Blood & Oil premiered in 2015 on ABC as a family soap opera set amid the oil industry. That show has been unable to hold onto steady ratings and already had its modest order of thirteen episodes cut down to ten. As of now, Blood & Oil is not expected to receive a second season. Only time will tell if a cable network such as AMC will be able to capture audience attention with The Son where ABC failed with Blood & Oil.
Of course, AMC has had less trouble with ratings overall than most other networks. 2015 saw AMC become the cable network with the most significant ratings growth, increasing by 9% in the key 18–49 advertising demographic. With its existing juggernaut hits as possible lead-ins and outlets for exposure for new content, AMC may not have too much trouble turning The Son into a success.
We’ll have to wait and see how much AMC will be willing to spill about The Son in the near future, but the network’s recent victories in selecting solid series gives reason to be optimistic. In the meantime, check out our list of winter premieres to discover when other AMC series will be returning to the airwaves in 2016.