AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour the network's 2016 spring premiere dates for new and returning original series. For the first time ever, AMC will launch a fourth night of original programming on Tuesdays beginning this April with the debut of the highly anticipated miniseries event The Night Manager. Last year, AMC became home to the top four cable series launches of all time among adults 18-49 in live+3 ratings, with Fear the Walking Dead at #1, Better Call Saul at #2, Into the Badlands at #3 and The Walking Dead at #4. AMC also released today three first-look photos, one each from the sets of Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Manager and Turn: Washington's Spies.
Fear the Walking Dead will air its second season of 15 episodes in two parts, beginning with the first of seven episodes on Sunday, April 10th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The remaining eight episodes will air later in 2016. The series, which delivered the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history among total viewers and all key demos in live+3 ratings, is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Cliff Curtis as Nick, Alycia Debnam Carey as Alicia, Rubén Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Masöhn as Ofelia, Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris and Colman Domingo as Strand.
The series began production on season two last month in the Baja peninsula in Mexico at Baja Studios, home to some of the greatest ocean-set films in recent years. Season one left off with Madison, Travis and their extended family taking temporary shelter in Strand's gated estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As civil unrest continues to grow and the dead take over Los Angeles, Strand prepares to escape to "Abigail," his large yacht moored offshore. Beginning Tuesday, January 26th, the complete first season of "Fear the Walking Dead" will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu. Hulu subscribers can catch up on all episodes of the series through Hulu's No Commercials and Limited Commercials plans ahead of the second season premiere on AMC. The series comes to Hulu in an exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement with AMC Networks Inc. Immediately following Fear the Walking Dead on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT will be Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, which will continue its tradition of welcoming cast, producers and celebrity guests to the couch to talk about the newest episode of Fear.
Launching a new night for AMC originals is the six-part miniseries event The Night Manager, premiering on Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré's espionage drama, the series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To get to the heart of Roper's vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself. Executive producers include John le Carré, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell and Stephen Garrett. Writer David Farr also serves as an executive producer as does Academy Award winner Susanne Bier, who served as director.
Turn: Washington's Spies premieres its third season on Monday, April 25th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Revolutionary War spy thriller, starring Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull and executive produced by Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, returns with an epic 10-episode season that builds towards one of the most notorious moments in American history - the treasonous defection of Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman). Behind enemy lines on Long Island, Abe Woodhull is a spy for the Patriots, reporting directly to George Washington (Ian Kahn). Embedded within the Continental Army, Benedict Arnold is seduced to become an informant for the British. As the consequences of their espionage ripple through the battlefield, the spy game becomes a heart-stopping race to see which mole will be unmasked first. In 1778, there is only one fate that awaits a captured spy - the hangman's noose. The price for treason is blood, and not all of our heroes will survive. Turn: Washington's Spies is based on the book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose. In addition to Bell, Yeoman and Kahn, the series stars Seth Numrich as Benjamin Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind as Anna Strong, Kevin McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett, Angus Macfadyen as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild as Major John André, Samuel Roukin as Captain John Simcoe, Ksenia Solo as Peggy Shippen and Nick Westrate as Robert Townsend.
AMC will kick off 2016 with previously announced premieres, including the mid-season premiere of season six of The Walking Dead, which drew 18.3 million viewers in live +3 ratings for its mid-season finale and remains the #1 show on television for adults 18-49, on Sunday, February 14th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Directly following the mid-season premiere will be Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Rounding out the highly anticipated Sunday night lineup is the mid-season premiere of Comic Book Men season five at midnight ET/PT. In addition, the critically acclaimed, Emmy(R)-nominated series Better Call Saul returns for its second season on Monday, February 15th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Its inaugural season garnered seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and won two Critics' Choice TV Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series (Bob Odenkirk) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Jonathan Banks) and the TCA Award for Outstanding New Program. Take a look at the new photos from Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Manager and Turn: Washington's Spies below.