AMC Greenlights Pilots For 'Low Winter Sun' And 'Untitled Lagravenese & Goldwyn Project'

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May 3rd, 2012

via press release:

AMC GREENLIGHTS PILOTS FOR “LOW WINTER SUN” AND “UNTITLED LAGRAVENESE & GOLDWYN PROJECT”

 

CHRIS MUNDY (“Criminal Minds,” “COLD CASE”) ATTACHED

TO WRITE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE “LOW WINTER SUN”

 

RICHARD LAGRAVENESE (THE FISHER KING, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS) ATTACHED TO WRITE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE WITH

TONY GOLDWYN (“Justified,” “DAMAGES,” ‘Dexter”)

TO DIRECT AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE

“UNTITLED LAGRAVENESE & GOLDWYN PROJECT”

 

New York, NY – May 3, 2012 – AMC announced today pilot orders for “Low Winter Sun” and the “Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project” marking the first time the network has greenlit two scripted pilots at the same time. “Low Winter Sun” is a co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studios.  “Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project” will be produced by AMC Studios. The pilot orders continue to build on the network’s programming strategy of creating original scripted series that serve passionate audiences with quality and distinction. 

 

“Both of these shows represent an opportunity to continue what our existing scripted series have established so well - a commitment to great writing, and shows that tackle complex characters in a genuine and authentic way,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “Richard and Tony have collaborated on an explosive piece of storytelling that explores race and capital punishment in a way that transcends the legal genre; and Chris has captured the strength and intensity of the source material to create a muscular, Detroit-based character piece that explores the themes of such diverse stories as Crime and Punishment and Heat.”

 

“Low Winter Sun” is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between COPS and criminals is blurred.  The story begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective.  Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld.  The pilot is based on the 2006 two-part British mini-series written by Simon Donald and starring Mark Strong.  The original award-winning mini-series was produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company). Chris Mundy (“Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case”) will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the series.  Jeremy Gold, head of creative affairs for Endemol Studios, oversees the project with Greg Brenman, head of drama for Tiger Aspect. The project is represented by CAA.

 

“Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project” is a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes. It centers on a District Attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. The series is an exploration of personal morality and how people struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. “Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project” is from writer and executive producer Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, Water for Elephants, The Ref, The Bridges of Madison County). Tony Goldwyn (“Justified,” “Damages,” “Dexter,” A Walk on the Moon) will serve as director and executive producer. Andrew Sugarman (Shopgirl, Conviction) will also be a co-executive producer.

 
  • Concerned Citizen

    Low Winter Sun sounds like it could be good (though I don’t get the name). The other one doesn’t sound to interesting. It should be noted that AMC has never not picked up a pilot to series, so in all likelihood we will be seeing both of these series at some point. I’m guessing one of them will take The Killing’s place next spring after it’s cancelled, and the other will air in the summer.

  • Harris

    Zzzzz… Where is Thunderstruck?! I want something exciting from AMC again!

  • timotey

    Another remake? Eh. I’ll pass.

  • Polar Bear

    crime shows…with a “twist”
    haven’t we seen that before? (hint hint:broadcast tv)
    The Killing is already too much AMC!

  • Alex Roggio

    The Goldwyn project sounds great. If anyone is going to make a thrilling lawyer show, it’s AMC.

  • wha

    jesus, why is AMC ordering more crap. Haven’t they learned from “The Killing” already. Putting commercial network show’s writer to oversee a cable show never ends well. And that other things sounds like companion-crap-piece to this “western” of theirs. Seriously, take a page from HBO’s playbook and order exclusively quality shows. So, so, unfortunate to see where the network put on the map by contemporary classics like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” has fallen. So, so sad.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @wha

    While I certainly agree that everything they’ve done after Mad Men and Breaking Bad has been underwhelming, let’s at least give these shows a chance before calling them crap. I think Low Winter Sun sounds like it could be a quality crime drama. I’m a little less enthusiastic about the other one, but I’ll still see what they do with it before making any judgements. And do remember that Vince Gilligan was a writer on The X-Files, a commercial network show, prior to making Breaking Bad.

  • Bunk

    “‘Low Winter Sun’ is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. The story begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld.”

    Trade out Detroit for Los Angeles and you’ve pretty much got yourself the theme of The Shield. I’ll probably give it a chance, but the bar has been set extremely high.

  • groove365

    Low Winter Sun sounds like it could be good, the generic lawyer show sounds like a CBS refugee.

  • Teag

    I’m interested in Low Winter Sun but not the other one so much, but I’ll give it a chance.

    As someone said above, where is Thunderstruck?! AMC needs to try out the Sci-Fi genre.

    They should also try out a Conspiracy Theory show and do a LOST type show, or any kind of show set on an island, though we know that will never happen.

    Another genre they should try is the superhero genre.

  • Lonesome Rhodes

    RIP AMC 2007-20[whenever mad men ends]

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