AMC Orders 10 Episodes of New Drama 'Low Winter Sun'

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December 14th, 2012

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New York, NY – December 14, 2012 – AMC today announced a series order for the pilot “Low Winter Sun,” a co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studio. Chris Mundy (“Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case”) will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the project, which stars Mark Strong (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy” “Zero Dark Thirty”) and co-stars Lennie James (“The Walking Dead,” “Jericho,” “Snatch”). Season one consists of ten, one-hour episodes.


“Endemol and Chris Mundy have produced a beautiful pilot with an incredible cast led by the insanely talented Mark Strong,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “We’re thrilled to be moving forward with this compelling and intense new drama and look forward to returning to Detroit for production on the first season."


A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, “Low Winter Sun” 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 the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. The series is based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company). In addition to Mundy, 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.


AMC’s pilot, the “Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project” will remain in consideration for a potential series pick-up in 2013.


AMC’s Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald, SVP of scripted development and current programming, and Jason Fisher, SVP of production, oversee “Low Winter Sun” for the network.


About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 98 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.


About Endemol Studios

Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. David Goldberg is Chairman and CEO of Endemol North America. The studio produces hit series including Big Brother (CBS), Wipeout (ABC) and the syndicated daytime show “Steve Harvey.” They are also known for producing some of the most popular non-scripted primetime programming in North America, including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Fear Factor. Endemol USA launched Endemol Studios in August, 2011 following Endemol USA’s successful development of the scripted break-out hit series Hell on Wheels (AMC). Endemol USA’s subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Endemol Studios, 51 Minds, Original Media and True Entertainment. Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands and the UK, has over 80 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 31 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Endemol is a privately held company. For more information, please visit

  • Oliver

    I am so burnt out on cop shows that this would have to be something very, very special to make me even considering watching it.

  • Jared

    I totally agree..unless this series finds a way to make the typical “cop show” different or unique I have no desire to watch.

  • TV#1

    @ Oliver & Jared

    I feel the exact same way. There are just way too many cop shows on the air. Even the ones that potentially could be good, like this series, don’t really excite me that much.

  • Mayorofsmpleton

    Well it’s probably not a procedural…

  • Carl

    I agree in general, but given AMC’s track record for high quality dramas I’m willing to give this a chance.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I don’t watch cop shows, but with a cast like Mark Strong and Lennie James (late of Human Target where he played Baptiste, the hit man associate of Christopher Chance), I might take a look at it. Both those actors are first rate.

  • Dan S

    I’ll definitely check this show out. AMC usually turns out good dramas & Lennie James from Hung & Human Target will be a real asset to the show.

  • marc

    benefit of the doubt? for the network who put godawful stuff like The Killing or Hell on Wheels on the air? Those times are over for sure. This isn’t the same network who greenlighted Breaking Bad and Mad Men anymore.

  • hoodafux

    why on earth would mark strong even consider doing tv at this particular moment of his acting career
    he’s like one of the most sought after actors in hollywood right now
    and putting two british actors playing detroit cops??wtf

  • SarahL

    I am giving anything with Lennie James a chance so I am looking forward to this.

  • Data

    @hoodafux: It’s only ten episodes a year. I imagine that kind of schedule will allow him to do plenty of other stuff next to that.

    And what’s wrong with casting british actors? If they’re the right guys for the roles then I see nothing wrong with that.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    British actors play Americans all the time – and do so superbly in most cases.

    As for why Strong would take on a TV role? It’s called money. He’s not really A-list despite being an excellent actor. His movie roles are mostly supporting roles, not leads. And since it’s only ten episodes, it’s not like it constrains his ability to also do movies at the same time. Actors doing 22 episodes do movies while on hiatus.

  • Khan

    This one makes me wanna fall asleep right this moment…. BORING AMC! U need to bring your A game to the market

  • reidjr

    Anyone know when this could air?

  • Ed

    Mark Strong is a criminally underused actor his name alone makes this series worth giving a shot.

  • groove365

    I’ll at least give this a few episodes, I like the leads.

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