AMC Passes On Six Pilots, Eyes Second Season For <i>The Killing</i>

AMC has decided not to pick up the six pilots pitched in March but will instead redevelop two of the projects, a science-fiction drama from Breaking Bad writer John Shiban and a racing series from Gran Torino producer Billy Gerber, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But Variety reports the murder mystery The Killing, a critical success and a steady ratings performer, will likely be renewed for a second season.

Although there are no details on the racing series, Shiban's The Voyage is described as a grounded look at humanity's first contact with extraterrestrial life, centering on an ambitious scientist and her team at Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

The other projects are: The Man With the Golden Ears, from High Fidelity writer Scott Rosenberg, about a former record executive who tries to find the next music superstar; The 4th Estate, from former MTV correspondent Gideon Yago, about a journalist who, while investigating a political scandal, finds his own life turned upside down; The Wreck; and American Made.

Variety notes insiders say the decision to pass on the pilots has nothing to do with finances and everything to do with the network's limited programming: It only airs original series on Sunday nights. AMC's slate now boasts Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Killing and the upcoming Western Hell on Wheels.

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