The network has quietly passed on its first half-hour comedy pilot, We Hate Paul Revere. The rationale: AMC’s maiden comedy series would set the bar for the genre on the network the way Mad Men did on the drama side. That bar is high, and I hear AMC brass didn’t think We Hate Paul Revere quite hit it out of the park, something a comedy needs these days to be able to break out in a very challenging half-hour landscape.
Unlike with unscripted series, where AMC recently discontinued any development and production beyond Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men and talk show Talking Dead, the network plans to continue developing comedies.
However, there are no half-hour pilots on the horizon. The eight scripts believed to be on ABC’s shortlist for pilot pickups are all dramas.
Expansion into comedy for a cable network known for drama programming is tricky. It took FX several attempts before launching the first comedy hit, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (which took years to become a hit). After making a push into original comedies for a couple of years, USA recently pulled away to focus on its drama business.
Written/executive produced by Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner and starring Ron Livinston and Wenner, We Hate Paul Revere is the story of brothers Hugh and Ebenezer Moody and their struggle to find the recognition they believe they deserve as they live in the shadow of history in Colonial Boston.
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