AMC is the home of some of the most respected and critically acclaimed dramas on television, including “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Now the network is considering branching out, using the success and popularity of those shows to power a series of follow-up talk shows.
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has reported that the network has already shot a pilot episode for a talk show focusing on “The Walking Dead” and hosted by Chris Hardwick. As loyal fans of both “Singled Out” and “House of 1000 Corpses,” we’re actually completely OK with Hardwick stepping into this role, especially with Michael Davies and his Embassy Row Productions in charge of the pilot.
Davies might not leap out to you as a familiar name, but he’s an executive producer on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” the “Real Housewives of Wherever” post-show that has made a household name out of Andy Cohen while making the network a ton of money. Not only does “Watch What Happens: Live” benefit from a tremendous lead-in, but it’s also exceptionally cheap to make.
If AMC could position their own talk show to capitalize on fans’ desire to talk about and over-analyze everything, they could easily be sitting on a pile of money, especially with a nerd-friendly, smarmy personality like Chris Hardwick at the center of it. Most importantly, perhaps, they could even call the show “Walking Dead Live,” which is way funnier to us than it has any right to be.
Despite having some of the best-regarded shows on television, AMC has been struggling of late, on account of public skirmishes with “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner, the abrupt departure of “The Walking Dead’s” Frank Darabont and since-resolved questions over whether “Breaking Bad” would leave for another network. A cheap-to-make, highly viewed talk show could be the perfect way for the network to keep making these awesome (and expensive) shows.
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