AMC has given series orders to two new projects, the courtroom drama “61st Street” and the convention-busting “Kevin Can F**k Himself.”
“61st Street” is being described as a “two-season television event series,” and has been picked up by the network for two seasons of eight episode each. The drama centers on Moses Johnson, a “promising, black high school athlete who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system” when he is taken by the police as a supposed gang member and accused of the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong.
Peter Moffat, who wrote the BBC drama which inspired HBO’s “The Night Of,” is showrunner and executive producer. Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society will also executive produce alongside Hilary Salmon of BBC Studios.
“Kevin Can F**k Himself” is a meta take at the TV trope of the sitcom wife. Per AMC, the series “looks to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we imagine what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines, and is full of rage.”
The project, which has been given a 10-episode series order, is created by “Lodge 49” alum Valerie Armstrong. Craig DiGregorio will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
“At AMC we believe in shows that have startling vision and fresh voice, with something to say,” said AMC Networks and AMC Studios president Sarah Barnett. “These two projects couldn’t be more in our sweet spot, as both have something big to say, and a genius way of saying it.”