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AMC Networks Renewals for Six Original Series



AMC Networks announced the renewal of six original series across its suite of premium streaming services today during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour, including episodes from AMC+, Acorn TV, and Shudder.

Kin, an AMC+ Original successful Irish crime thriller, has been renewed for a second season; Bloodlands and My Life is Murder, both Acorn TV Original series, have been renewed for seasons 2 and 3, respectively, as has London Kills for seasons 3 and 4. Shudder has renewed two critically acclaimed anthologies, including Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow for a fourth season and Slasher: Ripper, a new episode in the Slasher franchise starring Eric McCormack (Will & Grace). McCormack will portray Basil Garvey, a dazzling tycoon whose success is only matched by his cruelty as he controls a city on the verge of a new century and a social upheaval that will see its streets flow red with blood.

The first season of AMC+’s compelling Irish gangland thriller Kin gripped audiences, and it became one of the network’s biggest new series debuts of 2021, with great viewership and new subscription sign-ups. The series, which stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil, Boardwalk Empire), Clare Dunne (Herself), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Terror) and has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, follows the Kinsellas, a small but tight-knit crime family embroiled in a war against a powerful drug kingpin, Eamon Cunningham (Hinds).

The Kinsellas will be the top dogs in Dublin in the next season, which begins production this summer, but killing Eamon Cunningham has caused as many difficulties as it has solved. They’ve attracted the wrath of an adversary who is even more dangerous than he is. Where there used to be “unbreakable links of blood and family,” there is now just suspicion, distrust, and anger. The greatest threat to the family, however, comes from “inside” – in the form of a cruel, bullying, chaos-causing agent. Fortunately, the most daring concepts are frequently created in the face of severe adversity. The Kinsellas are no exception. BRON Studios and Headline Pictures are collaborating on Kin. Showrunner/executive producer, writer, and creator Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom, Red Rock) is on board.

Fans of British and international mysteries will be delighted by the return of three popular Acorn TV Original series: gritty Irish crime thriller Bloodlands, starring James Nesbitt (Stay Close, Cold Feet); New Zealand mystery My Life is Murder, starring Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus); and fast-paced British police procedural London Kills, with Hugo Speer (Shadow and Bone).

When the murder of a crooked accountant uncovers a trail of greed that threatens to expose his identity as legendary assassin Goliath, Tom and the accountant’s widow, Olivia (Victoria Smurfit, Marcella, Once Upon a Time), must keep each other dangerously close in the action-packed season 2 of Bloodlands, a star performer for Acorn TV, Nesbitt reprises his role as DCI Tom Brannick. Tom and Olivia enlist the help of Tom’s fellow officers, DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna, Peaky Blinders), DCS Jacki Twomey (Lorcan Cranitch, The Last Kingdom), and DC “Birdy” Bird (Chris Walley, The Young Offenders), as well as his daughter, Izzy (Lola Petticrew, Tuesday), in order to solve the riddle her husband left behind, until deception and bet Award-winning showrunner Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty), Jimmy Mulville (Episodes), and Mark Redhead (The Secret, Bloody Sunday) for HTM Television and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC are the executive producers of Bloodlands.

My Life is Murder returns in ten new episodes with retired detective and sourdough sensation Alexa Crowe (Lawless) facing a slew of fascinating, powerful, and shocking suspects, ranging from eccentric billionaires and mourning florists to tango dancers and angry fashionistas. The only thing they have in common is that they aren’t expecting Alexa’s innovative approach to solving crimes. They’ll quickly realise, however, that you underestimate her at your peril. Madison (Ebony Vagulans), flamboyant detective Harry (Rawiri Jobe), and café owner Reuben (Joe Naufahu, Game of Thrones) are among her little ‘found family’ of ardent supporters, friends, and fellow investigators, and that’s before her actual family members arrive to add their own drama and craziness. Lucy Lawless, Claire Tonkin, Rachel Antony, Nicky Davies Williams, Pilar Perez, and Don Klees serve as executive producers.

London Kills returns with its cutting-edge documentary style, dramatising the experiences of an elite murder investigation squad in central London, led by Detective Inspector David Bradford (Speer) and starring Sharon Small (Mistresses, Murderland) as Detective Sergeant Vivienne Cole, Bailey Patrick (People Just Do Nothing, Bodyguard, Casualty, EastEnders) as Detective Constable Rob Brady, and Tori Allen-Martin (Unforgotten, Pure) as Trainee Detective Constable Billie Fitzgerald. In season 3, the elite murder investigation team is tasked with investigating a string of murders that turn out to be connected. It’s immediately obvious that the killer has access to information from within the police force—are the detectives on the lookout for one of their own? Bradford has always been a rogue in Season 4, but his behaviour is now spiralling out of control. Cole believes she understands why David is disintegrating, but the truth is far more sinister than she could have imagined. Paul Marquess and Donna Wiffen of PGMTV, Catherine Mackin, and Bea Tammer of Acorn Media Enterprises are among the executive producers for London Kills.

Shudder’s Slasher: Ripper, which is expected to begin filming this spring, transports the Slasher franchise to the late 1800s, when a killer stalks the dirty streets, but instead of targeting the poor and disadvantaged like Jack the Ripper, The Widow exacts vengeance on the wealthy and powerful. The only person standing in the way of this serial killer is Kenneth Rijkers, a freshly promoted detective whose unwavering belief in justice may lead him to become yet another victim of The Widow. Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Thomas P. Vitale, Aaron Martin, Ian Carpenter, and Adam Macdonald are executive producers of Slasher: Ripper, which was developed and produced by Shaftesbury alongside producers Erin Berry and Paige Haight.

Shudder’s record-breaking series Creepshow, executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), is based on George Romero’s 1982 horror-comedy classic and brings to life a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. Heralded as “an irresistibly macabre package,” (Slant Magazine) and “an undeniable love letter to all generations of horror fans,” (CBR), the series has, over three seasons, been one of the most-watched programs on Shudder and begins production on its new installment this spring. Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers and Geoff Silverman and Anthony Fankhauser are co-executive producers for the Cartel; Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers and Julia Hobgood is a co-executive producer for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson, and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman is co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment.