New drama “Turn” will premiere April 6
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” and the 7th season of “Mad Men” have received premiere dates, AMC announced on Saturday.
The network also gave an April 6 premiere date to its Revolutionary War spy drama “Turn,” and said that “Halt and Catch Fire” — a drama based on the dawn of the personal computer era in the 1980s –will premiere in June.
“Better Call Saul” will premiere in November, while “Mad Men” will return April 13.
The “Walking Dead” companion series “Talking Dead,” meanwhile, will be back for a fifth season Feb. 9.
Discussing the prospect of replacing “Breaking Bad” — which ended its run in September — and “Mad Men” –which is entering its final season — at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, AMC president Charlie Collier noted, “If you’re in my chair you don’t look to replace them, you look to enshrine them.”
Earlier in the week, AMC executive vice president of programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman told TheWrap that “Better Call Saul” — a “Breaking Bad” prequel that will center on Bob Odenkirk‘s ethically flexible lawyer character Saul Goodman — will be a drama, but nonetheless “very funny.”
“You know, taking an inherently funny character and surprising people in both directions,” Stillerman said. “It’s an hour show, it will be a drama, but it will also be very funny, as Bob’s character was on that show.”
The network also announced on Saturday that the western drama “Hell on Wheels” is set for a summer return.
The new unscripted series “Game of Arms” — a reality series about the arm-wrestling circuit — will premiere Feb. 25. Also on the unscripted front, “Small Town Security” returns in May, as does “Freak Show.”