AMC Networks today announced from the Television Critics’ Association Press Tour that production is underway or will soon begin on multiple series across AMC, BBC AMERICA and IFC. The series include AMC’s The Terror: Infamy, Lodge 49 and Dispatches from Elsewhere, BBC America’s Top Gear and Doctor Who; and IFC’s Year of the Rabbit and Sherman’s Showcase.
The second installment of the horror-infused anthology, The Terror: Infamy began production on January 14 in Vancouver, Canada. Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful 10-episode season centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. Renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei (Star Trek) serves as a consultant, as well as series regular, while Derek Mio stars as Chester Nakamura. Season two is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (True Blood) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla). Woo also serves as showrunner. The Terror: Infamy is an AMC Studios production produced by Scott Free, Emjag Production and Entertainment 360. The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott, Dan Simmons, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Michin, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady.
Lodge 49 began shooting its 10-episode second season on January 22 in Atlanta, GA. The critically-acclaimed series is a light-hearted, endearing modern fable set in Long Beach, California about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Wyatt Russell), who’s drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business. In addition to Russell, returning for season 2 are series regulars Brent Jennings (Ernie), Sonya Cassidy (Liz), Linda Emond (Connie), Eric Allan Kramer (Scott) and David Pasquesi (Blaise). Executive producers include creator and writer Jim Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko, Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey, and Jeff Freilich. Lodge 49 is an AMC Studios production.
The recently-greenlit anthology series Dispatches from Elsewhere created by and starring Jason Segel begins production in Philadelphia, PA in July 2019. Dispatches from Elsewhere is about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. They will come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined. Segel will executive produce with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Garrett Basch. The hour-long series will include viewer engagement elements across multiple media platforms.
Top Gear Season 27, which began production on January 11 in the UK, will see entertainment host and comedian Paddy McGuinness and TV presenter and cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff join journalist and racing-driver Chris Harris as hosts of the world’s biggest car show. The new season promises to be one of television’s most explosive combinations of entertainment firepower and “petrolhead” fumes. Clare Pizey is executive producer. Top Gear is a BBC Studios production.
Doctor Who began production on its second season with the new cast on January 21 in Cardiff. Following their acclaimed first season, Jodie Whittaker reprises her role as the Doctor and she will once again be joined by Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yasmin) and Tosin Cole (Ryan). The 55-year-old iconic action adventure series travels through all of space and time, telling stories packed with humor, emotion and the occasional alien. Chris Chibnall is showrunner. Doctor Who is a BBC America co-production with BBC Studios.
Year of the Rabbit began production on its first season on January 7 in England. Directed by BAFTA-nominated Ben Taylor (Catastrophe, Sex Education), the series stars BAFTA-winning actor Matt Berry as Detective Inspector Rabbit, a hardened booze-hound cop in Victorian London. He’s aided and abetted by his new partner Wilbur Strauss (Freddie Fox) and the country’s first female police officer, Mabel Wisbech (Susan Wokoma), as they bring justice to the streets of the east end. Alongside the crime-fighting trio, Keeley Hawes stars as the mysterious Lydia, Sally Phillips is Princess Juliana of Bulgaria, and Jill Halfpenny features as Rabbit’s ex, the deadly Flora. The new original comedy series is written by Emmy and WGA Award-winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep, Black Books), with additional material from star Berry. Ben Farrell and Toby Stevens serve as executive producers for Objective Fiction and Objective Media Group Scotland, with Hannah Mackay producing.
Sherman’s Showcase began production on its first season on January 17 in Los Angeles, CA. Sherman’s Showcase is a new musical variety sketch comedy show created, written and executive produced by Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and produced by Frank Scherma and Jim Bouvet of RadicalMedia. Drawing inspiration from the likes of American Bandstand, Soul Train and Solid Gold each episode of Sherman’s Showcase is hosted by Sherman McDaniel as he takes viewers through time via music and comedy drawn from the 40-year library of a legendary (but fictional) musical variety show. Whether it’s a questionably attired funk super group in the 1970s, an up-and-coming MC in the 1980s or an R&B diva from the 1990s, Sherman’s Showcase has it all: music, comedy, games and dancing, with an exuberant host who’s been with the show throughout its run. John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius serve as executive producers through their Get Lifted Film Co.