AMC is getting out of the reality show business and is cancelling several shows. Other than The Walking Dead aftershow Talking Dead and Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men, the cable channel has decided to focus solely on scripted series.
Production on Game of Arms, which was recently renewed for a second season, will shut down immediately. Small Town Security and Freakshow have also been cancelled.
Producers on the dropped shows will have the option of finding another home for their series, with AMC’s full cooperation. This includes two other projects with Smith and Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling.
“Scripted originals are at the core of the AMC brand. Iconic shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have driven AMC’s evolution into a must-have television network,” an AMC spokesman said in a statement. “We are proud of our efforts in unscripted programming and the unique worlds we have been able to introduce, but in an environment of exploding content options for viewers, we have decided to make scripted programming our priority.”
What do you think? Did you watch any of the cancelled shows? Would you continue to watch any of them on other channels? Is this a good move for AMC?