AMC today announced that it has greenlit two new series, thriller and courtroom drama 61st Street and Kevin Can F**k Himself. Both series are produced by AMC Studios.
61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, 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. Timely and provocative, 61st Street is set against the systemic abuse happening in some of our country’s most vulnerable communities.serve
The show comes rom BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of, Your Honor) and is executive-produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society (Just Mercy, David Makes Man). “Having spent 10 years at the criminal bar and the last two years researching deep inside the criminal justice system in Chicago, this is a story I’ve been waiting to write all my professional life,” Moffat, who will serve as showrunner and executive producer, said in a statement. “61st Street is a thriller – supple plotting and dynamic storytelling are central to everything – but race, politics, history, jurisprudence, and police culture are all fundamental to what this project is about and broaden its scope into what I hope will be a story for our times. Working alongside Alana Mayo and Michael B. Jordan makes me happy and humble and I’m very grateful to AMC for their amazing support.”
From creator Valerie Armstrong (Lodge 49, SEAL Team) and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack through Le Train Train (Claws, A to Z), Kevin Can F**k Himself, probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife. Kevin Can F**k Himself looks to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we imagine what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines and forces the world to let her take the lead. Craig DiGregorio (Shrill, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Kevin Can F**k Himself will consist of 10 hour-long episodes.
“I’m so thrilled that this weird little pilot I wrote in my pajamas is somehow going to be a weird little series,” Armstrong said in a statement. “I’m forever grateful to AMC for seeing the potential in this character’s unconventional story, rather than being scared by it.”
“At AMC we believe in shows that have startling vision and fresh voice, with something to say,” Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios, said in a statement. “These two projects couldn’t be more in our sweet spot, as both have something big to say, and a genius way of saying it.”
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