Vulture talked to AMC and Sundance TV‘s President and GM Charlie Collier, and their President of Original Programming and Development, Joel Stillerman, about a number of AMC programs. From the 75 minute conversation came promising news for the Into the Badlands TV series.
While the duo did not announce Into the Badlands has been renewed for a second season, Collier said AMC feels very good about the show, which stars Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Aramis Knight, and Marton Csokas.
VULTURE: The ratings for Into the Badlands, to me, seemed pretty darn good. Even after it lost its The Walking Dead lead-in, it was still a top cable show. Will it be back?
CC: We feel very good about it. Launching anything today in the fourth quarter on Sunday nights is a challenge because of football. We, as you said, did launch it with The Walking Dead, and then we left it alone to stand on its own, and it did quite well. We talk a lot about serving the underserved, passionate audience. When we’re in those fight scenes, and I’m watching with all my various social guides open, we are hitting a high note that I think is palpable. I like that as much as I do the numbers.
Stillerman confirmed, though, that AMC has not yet decided the fate of the show (emphasis ours):
VULTURE: If Badlands returns, will it air permanently after Walking Dead? Or will it have to fend for itself on another night or in another slot?
JS: We have a permanent show at ten o’clock on Sunday nights, and it’s called Talking Dead. We preempt that with great consideration for The Walking Dead and the Talking Dead audience. So while we haven’t made any decisions about long-term scheduling, and we haven’t even made a decision about whether or not to renew Badlands yet, I think it’s just safe to say that the Walking Dead/Talking Dead combination is something that we consider to be very important. It’s right at the heart of our mission of super serving fans, right at the heart of our mission of creating event television out of scripted programming. So if we choose to use it [for Badlands], it will be with great care, and probably judiciously.
CC: I think it’s worth noting [Talking Dead host] Chris Hardwick is someone that we love having as a part of our network.
Earlier, we reported that Into the Badlands season two was looking more likely, based on tweets from The Hollywood Reporter‘s Lesley Goldberg and a response from series co-creator, Al Gough:
AMC will air 14 originals (scripted & unscripted) in '16. 3 of its 4 rookies from ’15 were renewed. The 4th, Into the Badlands, will be, too
— Lesley Goldberg (@Snoodit) January 8, 2016
— Al Gough (@TheRealAlGough) January 9, 2016
Post-apocalyptic TV been far from the end of the world, for AMC. The cable channel’s three highest rated shows this season are The Walking Dead, and Fear the Walking Dead, followed by the futuristic freshman martial arts drama, Into the Badlands.
A second season of Into the Badlands has been rumored since early December, when the maintainer of Daniel Wu’s Facebook page posted that the show had been renewed, but later deleted the Facebook post containing the news, and issued a correction.
What do you think? Should the Into the Badlands TV show be cancelled or renewed for a second season? When do you think AMC decide?