AMC Greenlights Three Unscripted Series, Including Chris Hardwick’s ‘Celebrity Bowling’

AMC is expanding its unscripted slate with three new series, All-Star Celebrity Bowling, Visionaries (working title) and the Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project, all slated to premiere next year. AMC has ordered eight half-hour episodes of All-Star Celebrity Bowling, adapted from Chris Hardwick’s hit web series. Hosted by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, the talk/game show hybrid features two new celebrity casts from the worlds of TV, movies, sports, music and pop culture who each week face off in a bowling match for charity. Jon Hamm and the cast of Mad Men face off against Chris Hardwick and his Nerdist team in the pilot. All Star Celebrity Bowling is produced by High Noon Entertainment, with Hardwick exec producing along with Jim Berger and Patrick Jager from High Noon. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan stars in the Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project. The eight-episode hourlong series follows Corgan in his latest undertaking as creative director of Resistance Pro, a Chicago-based wrestling league. Corgan goes behind the scenes of this fascinating world, from creating storylines to choreographing fights to managing intense post-match locker room arguments, revealing that the most dramatic stories often take place outside of the ring. Series is produced by Left/Right (Small Town Security, This American Life, Mob Wives) and executive produced by Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Billy Corgan, and Ghen Maynard. AMC has ordered six half-hour episodes of Visionaries (working title), which follows the employees of Vision Scenery as they design and construct Hollywood sets, props and models for commercials, TV, music videos, films and other productions the “old school” way. Visionaries is produced by Left/Right and executive produced by Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Andrew Bishop, and David Lyons.

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