AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES 2019 PREMIERE DATES FOR
NEW AND RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES
PASADENA, CA – February 9, 2019 – AMC Networks announced today from the Television
Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour the premiere dates for several new and returning original
series, including AMC’s groundbreaking martial arts drama Into the Badlands and western
drama The Son, BBC AMERICA’s Top Gear and Luther, IFC’s Brockmire and SundanceTV’s
Ministry of Evil, Unspeakable and The Name of the Rose. As previously announced, AMC’s The
Walking Dead and Ride with Norman Reedus return with new episodes tomorrow, February 10,
at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT and midnight ET/11:00 p.m. CT, respectively; and BBC
AMERICA and AMC will simulcast the second season of Killing Eve on Sunday, April 7 at 8:00
p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT.
Premiere date and series information is below (by network):
Into the Badlands
Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT
AMC’s groundbreaking martial arts drama Into the Badlands will conclude with its final eight
episodes on Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT following a new episode of The
Walking Dead. The series will then move to its regular timeslot with a new episode on Monday,
March 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT.
As we enter the final chapter of Into the Badlands, an imprisoned Bajie warns Sunny that Pilgrim
can't be trusted. But with his son's life on the line, Sunny struggles with his decision to help Pilgrim unlock the Meridian Chamber. Meanwhile, M.K., still reeling from the revelation
that Sunny killed his mother, is hell-bent on revenge. Kidnapped by The Master, the Widow
is forced to confront her past. Moon meanwhile races to save Lydia from impending death after
she risked her life for his on the battlefield. As the last episodes unfold long buried secrets will
be revealed, new alliances will be forged, and the saga will climax in an epic battle to end all
From AMC Studios, Into the Badlands was created by executive producers, showrunners and
writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and is executive produced by Oscar®-nominated
producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, along with David Dobkin, Stephen Fung,
Michael Taylor, Karen Richards, Paco Cabezas and series lead Daniel Wu. The ensemble
cast includes Wu (Sunny), Nick Frost (Bajie), Aramis Knight (M.K.), Emily Beecham (The
Widow), Orla Brady (Lydia), Ally Ioannides (Tilda), Lorraine Toussaint
(Cressida), Sherman Augustus (Moon), Babou Ceesay (Pilgrim), Ella-Rae Smith (Nix) and
Lewis Tan (Gaius).
Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT
Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the
same name, season two of The Son concludes the journey of the iconic “First Son of Texas.” Eli
McCullough (Pierce Brosnan) will stop at nothing to secure his legacy against the backdrop of
the nascent oil industry of 1917. His tools are deceit, fraud and murder -- weapons he wields
with the effortless skill of the Comanche warrior he once was. But the biggest challenge he faces
will be quelling a civil war under his own roof, triggered by his idealistic son Pete (Henry
Garrett). Eli knows the ultimate prize of American dynasty is nearly in his grasp, and time is
running out. Meanwhile, in 1851, young Eli (Jacob Lofland) is now married and a respected
warrior among the Comanches, but tragedy forces him into a leadership position as the vast
Comanche empire crumbles around him. Broadening the scope, a 1988 timeline is introduced,
bringing the McCullough saga into the more immediate past. Here, at age 85, Eli’s
granddaughter Jeanne Anne McCullough (Lois Smith) is confronted with a long-buried family
The Son is produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment. Showrunner and writer Kevin
Murphy, director Kevin Dowling, author Philipp Meyer, and Sonar Entertainment’s Tom
Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni are Executive Producers. In addition to Brosnan, Smith, Garrett
and Lofland, the series also stars Paola Núñez, Zahn McClarnon, Jess Weixler, David Wilson
Barnes, Sydney Lucas, James Parks, Elizabeth Frances, Shane Graham and Kathryn
Thursday, April 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT
The world’s biggest car show is back. Top Gear Season 26 sees Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris,
Rory Reid and The Stig return. Five hour-long episodes see the team discovering the very best
supercar alternatives to the traditional family estate car from Ferrari and Porsche, racing to the
top of a mountain in a pair of the smallest 4x4’s in the UK, risking life and limb in Tuk-Tuk’s
across Sri-Lanka on both land and sea, measuring just how scary the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is
with the with the new-fangled gadget the ‘Fearometer 3000’, and finding out if you can buy and
race second-hand luxury cars for less than the cost of a Dacia Sandero. Filmed in locations
including Norway, Sri Lanka and Spain, expect Top Gear’s trademark array of stunning
photography, state-of-the-art supercars and celebrity guests on the track in Top Gear’s
Reasonably Fast Car. Top Gear is produced by BBC Studios. Executive producer is Clare Pizey
and series editor is Alex Renton.
Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT
A new spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) to once again face the
depths of human depravity on the streets of London. While the monstrous and seemingly
indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S.
Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and
misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises,
and gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a
killer and save his own neck? Luther is produced by BBC Studios and co-produced with BBC
AMERICA. Executive producers are Idris Elba for Green Door Pictures, Neil Cross, Marcus
Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC, producer is
Derek Ritchie and director is Jamie Payne.
Wednesday, April 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT
Brockmire follows Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria), a famed major league baseball announcer
who suffered a notorious public breakdown after stumbling upon his wife’s infidelity – a
breakdown so bad that “Brutal Brockmire” became a viral internet meme. Season one began a
decade later, as Brockmire looked to reclaim his career and reputation by calling games for the
Morristown Frackers, an underdog minor league baseball team. Despite finding happiness in
Morristown alongside his girlfriend/team owner Jules (Amanda Peet), season two began with a
newly-single Brockmire calling games in New Orleans and living with his co-dependent friend
Charles (Tyrel Jackson Williams) …while fully indulging in the city’s booze-riddled sins.
When a drug-fueled night of partying with a stranger ends with a near-death experience,
Brockmire realizes it’s time to get sober once and for all.
Season three takes place three months after his stint in rehab, with Brockmire doing play-by-play
in the radio booth for the major leagues in central Florida during spring training while
maintaining his brazen and narcissistic tendencies, despite actually being on the wagon. When an
opportunity arises for Jim and his new co-host Gabby (Tawny Newsome) to take over as lead
broadcasters in Oakland, he must fight to change his ever-present amorality. Additional season
three guest stars include Richard Kind, Linda Lavin, Martha Plimpton, J.K. Simmons,
Christine Woods and Becky Ann Baker.
Brockmire originally appeared as a viral short video on the award-winning comedy website
Funny Or Die. The series is written and developed by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable). This
season Azaria, Church-Cooper and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell are executive
producers. Mo Marable is also an executive producer and series director.
Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo
Wednesday, February 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. CT
Ministry of Evil chronicles the life and crimes of Tony Alamo, who, together with his wife,
became a born-again, fire-and-brimstone televangelist and cult leader. The two launched The
Tony and Susan Alamo Christian foundation in 1969, which soon evolved into a cult that is said
to still operate today. Together, by skirting the law and enforcing a code of silence among their
followers, the Alamos came to wield unimaginable power, becoming millionaires on the backs of
their believers. The new docuseries explores the cultural consequences of the Alamo empire and
features rare archival footage, including an exclusive videotaped deposition with Alamo himself.
It also weaves together interviews with the FBI agent who took Alamo down as well as cult
survivors who have never previously shared their stories.
Ministry of Evil comes from AMC Studios, World of Wonder and Peacock Productions. Emmy-
Award® winners and co-founders of World of Wonder Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and
Peacock Productions Elizabeth Fischer and Leslie Mattingly serve as executive producers on
Two-Night Premiere Event
First episode debuts Thursday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m. PT/12 midnight ET
Second episode debuts Friday, April 5 at 9:00 p.m PT/12 midnight ET
Created by Robert C. Cooper (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Stargate SG-1) and
based on first-person experience, Unspeakable chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C
in Canada in the early 1980s. Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) stars as a
whistleblower who exposes one of the largest medical disasters in history and the tragedy that
resulted after thousands of people were infected by tainted blood.
A CBC and SundanceTV original series, Unspeakable is produced by Mezo Entertainment, with
Cooper and Meridian Artists' Glenn Cockburn serving as executive producers. The series is a
passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted
blood. The series is written by Cooper, Carl Binder, Adriana Capozzi and Lynn Coady, with
Cooper and Callies set to direct episodes.
The Name of the Rose
Wednesday, May 1 at 11:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. CT
The Name of the Rose is based on Umberto Eco’s highly acclaimed novel which has sold more
than 50 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1980. The limited series is led by
an all-star cast including Emmy Award®-winner John Turturro (The Night Of), Emmy
Award®-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), Golden Globe® nominee Rupert
Everett (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Damian Hardung (Red Band Society),
Sebastian Koch (Homeland), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Richard Sammel (Inglourious
Basterds), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Human Capital) and Greta Scarano (In Treatment).
Set in Italy in 1327, The Name of the Rose follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville
(Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the
Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and
Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor
Bernard Gui (Everett), who prosecutes those who criticize the pope.
Filmed in Italy, The Name of the Rose is a co-production of 11 Marzo Film, Palomar and Tele
München Group in collaboration with Rai Fiction and directed by Giacomo Battiato. Producers
are Matteo Levi from 11 Marzo as well as Carlo Degli Esposti and Nicola Serra from Palomar.
Executive Producers are Guendalina Ponti, John Turturro and Patrizia Massa; Herbert G. Kloiber
and Herbert L. Kloiber from Tele München Group as well as Michele Zatta and Marta Aceto
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first
basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Mad Men in
2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before Breaking Bad won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series The Walking Dead is the highest-rated series in cable history.
AMC’s other current original drama series include Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead, The Terror, Into the Badlands, Humans, Preacher, The Son, McMafia, Lodge 49, The Little Drummer Girl and NOS4A2. AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like Talking Dead, AMC Visionaries and Ride with Norman Reedus. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
About BBC AMERICA
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically
acclaimed series Killing Eve starring Golden Globe® and SAG Award-winner Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and from Phoebe Waller-Bridge; top-rated phenomenon Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker; Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II and the producers’ next epic story of our planet, Dynasties; Emmy®- winning Blue Planet II; acclaimed drama Luther starring Golden Globe®-winner Idris Elba; ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear; buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show; and the world’s biggest darts championships. A joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios (the commercial arm of the BBC), BBCA’s influential shows such as Orphan Black and Broadchurch among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, TCA Awards, Gotham Award and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com.
IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Acclaimed series Documentary Now!, Brockmire,
Baroness von Sketch Show and upcoming series Sherman’s Showcase and Year of the Rabbit air
alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC
Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.
About SUNDANCE TV
Since its launch in 1996, SundanceTV has remained true to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world's most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought- provoking entertainment destination. SundanceTV is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.; its sister networks include AMC, IFC, BBC America and WE tv. SundanceTV is available across all platforms, including on-air, online at www.sundancetv.com, on demand and mobile.