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AMC Not Ordering Any Pilots, Likely to Renew 'The Killing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 18th 2011 8:00AM
AMC LogoCable network AMC seems set to continue its successful and conservative approach to ordering pilot episodes: Sources report that it's not proceeding with any of the six dramas it currently has in development. At least, not right now.

AMC recently held its annual pilot script "bake-off," during which writers pitched their creative vision to network execs and outlined where their stories would go over a season-long arc.

According to Variety, two projects, space drama 'Voyage,' and an untitled racing project from exec producer Billy Gerber, are likely to have a second chance after being overhauled, while the other four are most likely dead in the water.

However, it's not all gloom over at AMC: The network is said to be close to renewing murder mystery 'The Killing,' which launched in April to a favorable reception from critics and viewers.

The lack of pilot orders is apparently due to scheduling, rather than budgetary, constraints. Unlike other cable networks, AMC has a history of greenlighting all its pilots to series. In the past, execs have given the go-ahead and full season orders to 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Rubicon' and 'The Killing.' Of those, conspiracy thriller 'Rubicon' is the only one to have fallen at the first renewal fence.

An exception to the rule is 'The Walking Dead,' which landed a six-episode order without producing a pilot episode. AMC's next drama is period western 'Hell on Wheels,' which received a full season order back in December and is due to launch in the fall.

Because AMC is likely to renew 'The Killing,' and it airs original series only on Sunday nights, it finds itself with a full slate of returning hits and only a small window for newbies.

The four scripts that were deemed not ready to move to pilot this time around are: 'The Man With the Golden Ears,' 'The Voyage,' 'The 4th Estate,' 'The Wreck' and 'American Made.'

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