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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders


2020-21 AMC Pilots & Series Orders

12 Pilots
12 Series Orders


DARK WINDS (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Follows two Navajo police officers, Leephorn and Chee, in the 1970s Southwest as their search for clues in a grisly double-murder case forces them to challenge their own spiritual beliefs and come to terms with the trauma of their pasts. Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman.


Team Vince Calandra (ep, sr), Graham Roland (ep), George R.R. Martin (ep), Robert Redford (ep), Tina Elmo (ep), Vince Gerardis (ep), Chris Eyre (d, ep), Zahn McClarnon (ep)

Cast Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Noah Emmerich, Jessica Matten, Rainn Wilson

ANNE RICE'S INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes; also for AMC+)

Based on the Anne Rice book series.


Team Rolin Jones (w, ep, sr), Mark Johnson (ep), Anne Rice (ep), Christopher Rice (ep), Alan Taylor (d, ep)

Cast Sam Reid, Jacob Anderson, Bailey Bass, Assad Zaman, Eric Bogosian

ANNE RICE’S MAYFAIR WITCHES (Ordered straight to series)

An intuitive young neurosurgeon discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. As she grapples with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations.


Team Esta Spalding (w, ep, sr), Michelle Ashford (w, ep), Mark Johnson (ep),

Cast Harry Hamlin

MOONHAVEN (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Bella Sway is a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler 100 years in the future who finds herself accused of a crime and marooned on Moonhaven, a utopian community set on a 500-square-mile Garden of Eden built on the moon to find solutions to the problems that will soon end civilization on Mother Earth. A skeptic in Paradise, Bella is sucked into a conspiracy to gain control of the artificial intelligence responsible for Moonhaven’s miracles and teams with a local detective to stop the forces that want to destroy Earth’s last hope before they are destroyed themselves.

Studio AMC Studios

Team Peter Ocko (w, ep, sr), Deb Spera (ep)

Cast Emma McDonald, Dominic Monaghan, Ayelet Zurer, Kadeem Hardison, Amara Karan, Joe Manganiello, Yazzmin Newell

NATIONAL ANTHEM (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Tragically funny story of a middle-class Midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society, periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves.


Team Scott Z. Burns (w, d, ep), Mark Johnson (ep), T Bone Burnett (mp)

Cast TBA

PANTHEON (Animated; ordered straight to series; two seasons)

Season 1 focuses on Maddie, a bullied teen who receives mysterious help from someone online. The stranger soon is revealed to be her recently deceased father, David, whose consciousness has been uploaded to the cloud following an experimental destructive brain scan. David is the first of a new kind of being: an “Uploaded Intelligence” or “UI,” but he will not be the last, as a global conspiracy unfolds that threatens to trigger a new kind of world war. Based on a series of short stories by Ken Liu.

Studio AMC Studios

Team Craig Silverstein (w, ep, sr), Ken Liu (cp)

Cast Taylor Schilling, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Dano, Daniel Dae Kim, Katie Chang, Ron Livingston, Chris Diamantopoulos, Raza Jaffrey, Scoot McNairy, Anika Noni Rose, Grey Griffin, SungWon Cho, Kevin Durand, Samuel Roukin, Krystina Alabado, William Hurt, Maude Apatow, Corey Stoll, Lara Pulver

RAGDOLL (Ordered straight to series)

Six people have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body — nicknamed the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are DS Nathan Wolf, recently reinstated to the London Met; his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter; and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds. The killer taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Wolf’s name among them. And with those victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny. Based on the novel by Daniel Cole,

Studio Sid Gentle Films/BBC Studios

Team Freddy Syborn (w, ep), Sally Woodward Gentle (ep), Lee Morris (ep), Dan McDermott (ep), Kristin Jon (ep), Philippa Collie Cousins (ep), Lizzie Rusbridger (p)

Cast Lucy Hale, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Thalissa Teixeira

61ST STREET (Ordered straight to series; two seasons)

Moses Johnson is a promising black high school athlete who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong.

Studio AMC Studios

Team Peter Moffat (w, ep, sr), J. David Shanks (ep, sr), Michael B. Jordan (ep), Alana Mayo (ep), Hilary Salmon (ep)

Cast Tosin Cole, Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney B. Vance, Holt McCallany, Bentley Green, Mark O'Brien, Rashanda Dawan (recurring)

SOULMATES (Anthology; ordered straight to series)

FKA Untitled Will Bridges/Brett Goldstein Project

Set 15 years from now, when science makes a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a way to find your soulmate. The series uses the sci-fi conceit to tell six stories about the cost of finding true love, all different in tone and featuring a spectrum of people and relationships. Based on the short film 'For Life.'

Studio Fearless Minds

Team Will Bridges (w, d, ep), Brett Goldstein (w, ep), Jolyon Symonds (ep), Rob Savage (d), Marco Kreuzpaintner (d), Andrea Harkin (d)

Cast Sarah Snook, David Costabile, Sonya Cassidy, Charlie Heaton, Malin Akerman, Betsy Brandt, JJ Feild

TALES OF THE WALKING DEAD (Ordered straight to series)

Anthology will focus on both new and established characters set in the world of the original 'Walking Dead' series.

Studio AMC Studios

Team Channing Powell (ep, sr), Scott M. Gimple (ep)

Cast Anthony Edwards, Parker Posey, Terry Crews, Poppy Liu, Jillian Bell, Olivia Munn, Danny Ramirez, Loan Chabanol, Embeth Davidtz, Jessie T. Usher, Gage Munroe

THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Untitled Walking Dead Spinoff

Spinoff from The Walking Dead franchise follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other.

Studio AMC Studios

Team Scott M. Gimple (w, ep), Matt Negrete (w, ep, sr), Robert Kirkman (ep), Gale Anne Hurd (ep), David Alpert (ep), Brian Bockrath (ep)

Cast Julia Ormond, Nicholas Cantu, Alexa Mansour, Nico Tortorella, Aliya Royale, Hal Cumpston, Annet Mahendru. Gissette Valentin (recurring)


KEVIN CAN F*** HIMSELF (Ordered script-to-series)

Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, it probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife -- and asks what the world looks like through her eyes. It also imagines what happens when she escapes her confines and takes the lead in her own life


Team Valerie Armstrong (w, ep), Rashida Jones (ep), Will McCormack (ep),

Cast Annie Murphy, Eric Petersen, Mary Hollis Inboden, Alex Bonifer



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