AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES SPRING LINEUP OF NEW AND RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES AND SPECIALS





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES SPRING LINEUP OF NEW AND RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES AND SPECIALS

New York, NY – February 10, 2022 – This spring, AMC Networks unveils a robust slate of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, and highly-anticipated films across its channels and targeted streaming services including AMC+, AMC, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC, BBC AMERICA, Shudder, Sundance Now, SundanceTV and WE TV.

Highlights from across the suite of networks and targeted streaming services this spring include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

ACORN TV:

The Chelsea Detective (Acorn TV Original)

New Series Premieres Monday, March 7

The Chelsea Detective follows Detective Inspector Max Arnold (Adrian Scarborough) as he investigates a series of murders in Chelsea, the affluent London borough where murder and mayhem boil beneath a seemingly calm surface. Aiding him in his quest for justice are no nonsense DS Priya Shamsie (Sonita Henry), research and tech queen DC Jess Lombard (Lucy Phelps), rookie officer DC Connor Pollock (Peter Bankolé) and brilliant, if occasionally daunting, Chief Forensics Officer Ashley Wilton (Sophie Stone).

Harry Wild (Acorn TV Original)

New Series Premieres Monday, April 4

Eight-part Irish mystery thriller starring Emmy-winning actress Jane Seymour as Harriet “Harry” Wild, a recently retired English professor who finds herself at one of life’s crossroads. Jolted from a mugging, she reluctantly agrees to recover in the home of her son, Charlie, a senior police detective. Harry starts to interfere in a particularly baffling murder case Charlie is investigating when she notices the murder shares striking similarities to an obscure Elizabethan play. When her path crosses that of her mugger, Fergus Reid (Rohan Nedd, Whitstable Pearl), Harry sees great potential in the troubled teen and, instead of turning him in, enlists him as her sidekick. Following her successful, albeit ill-advised, involvement in the case, Harry discovers a new lust for life as she and Fergus find new mysteries to solve.

Hidden Assets (Acorn TV Original)

New Series Premieres Monday, April 18

A routine raid led by a detective in the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau reveals that a small-time drug dealer has been receiving substantial funding from a seemingly untraceable source – not in cash, but in rough diamonds. When these diamonds are linked to a series of bombings in Belgium, Detective Emer Berry (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk, Keeping Faith) is forced to work with Police Commissioner Christina De Jong (Wouter Hendrickx, Blackout, Undercover). Eventually banding together, they unravel a political conspiracy fueling domestic unrest for financial gain. Caught up in this web of greed are the Brannigans, a wealthy Irish dynasty with ties to Antwerp. Drawn into a battle of wits with the family, Emer, Christian and CAB team must follow the money to stop another terrorist attack before it’s too late.

ALLBLK:

Double Cross Season 3 (ALLBLK Original Series)

New Episodes Premiere Thursdays

This season, the vigilante twins Eric (Jeff Logan) and Erica Cross (Ashley A. Williams) are teaming up with the very person who has been trying to put them in jail for murder. Detective Ryan (Darrin Dewitt Henson) finds himself seeking the help of the twins to find his missing daughter, Layla, who was taken by the twins’ own sister, Robin Cross (Judi Johnson). The task becomes an undertaking after it is discovered that Layla was in fact taken from Robin and given to higher ups in the trafficking ring. Time is of the essence, as they only have days before Layla is auctioned off. Cast: Jeff Logan, Ashley A. Williams, Faith Malonte, Tremayne Norris, Jasmine Burke, Erica Burton

Social Society Season 2 (ALLBLK Original Series)

New Episodes Premiere Mondays

Social Society is a weekly talk-variety show welcoming your favorite influencers and Black culture experts, for epic discussions on lifestyle, love, politics, and everything in between. Join hosts Kendall Kyndall, Angela Simmons, Reginae Carter and Kendra G. for an unrestricted mix of guest stars, comedy, and interviews that challenge society’s discomfort with issues facing the culture. 

Millennials (ALLBLK Original Series)

Season 2 Premieres Thursday, March 17

The lives of four 20-something roommates – a business student, a YouTuber, a college dropout, and a personal trainer – as they navigate the chaos of being young, finding success, and finding themselves in the city of angels.

61st Street (AMC / AMC+ / ALLBLK)
New Limited Series Premieres Sunday, April 10 with First Two Episodes Available to Stream Only on AMC+ and ALLBLK; Subsequent Episodes Will Be Available One Week Early on AMC+ and ALLBLK

From AMC Studios, 61st Street is a propulsive thriller coursing through the dark heart of the infamous Chicago criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. The two-season television event stars Emmy® Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country), Emmy® Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us, King Richard), Mark O’Brien (City on a Hill, Halt and Catch Fire), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter, Lights Out), Tosin Cole (Doctor Who, Hollyoaks), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor, Manifest) and Bentley Green (Snowfall, Sweet Magnolias).

AMC+:

The Walking Dead Season 11B (AMC+ / AMC)

Premieres Sunday, February 13 on AMC+; and Sunday, February 20 on AMC; All New Episodes Released One Week Early On AMC+

The Walking Dead returns with many of our heroes fighting imminent hellfire under Reaper attack; while others battle Mother Nature’s torrential wrath in Alexandria. For all, their world is literally crashing down around them. Meanwhile, life in the Commonwealth is not as idyllic as it seems. Will they be able to pick up the pieces and who will be alive to help? Will their relationships heal or fracture? Will olive branches be extended, accepted, or rejected? For some, hope will be renewed. Others will be pushed past the point of no return. One truth holds tight: Lives hang in the balance with each decision drastically changing their future, their chances of survival, and the state of each community.

Killing Eve Season 4 (AMC+ / BBC AMERICA)

Final Season Premieres Sunday, February 27 with First Two Episodes Available to Stream Only on AMC+; Subsequent Episodes Will Be Available One Week Early on AMC+ Until the Series Finale Simulcast on April 10

After the emotional climax of Season 3, Eve (Golden Globe® winner Sandra Oh), Villanelle (Emmy® Award winner Jodie Comer) and Carolyn (BAFTA winner Fiona Shaw) are in very different places. Following Eve and Villanelle’s exchange on the bridge, Eve is on a revenge mission, while Villanelle has found a brand-new community in an attempt to prove she’s not a “monster.” Having killed Paul, Carolyn goes to extraordinary lengths to continue to chase down The Twelve and the person that ordered Kenny’s hit. This season follows our extraordinary women, each driven by passion, revenge and obsession, building towards a messy, nuanced and totally glorious series finale.

That Dirty Black Bag

New Exclusive Series Premieres Thursday, March 10

A raw, epic and romantic eight-part series about the dark side of the Far West, That Dirty Black Bag features an all-star ensemble cast led by Dominic Cooper (Preacher, Spy City) and Douglas Booth (The Dirt, Loving Vincent), with Niv Sultan (Tehran), Guido Caprino (The Miracle), Christian Cooke (The Promise, Ordeal by Innocence), Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Raised by Wolves) and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Kin) co-starring. Filmed in Italy, Spain and Morocco, the story describes the eight-day clash between Arthur McCoy (Cooper) an incorruptible sheriff with a troubled past, and Red Bill (Booth), an infamous, solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag, because, as he puts it, “Heads weigh less than bodies.” Paying homage to the classic spaghetti western, the series tells of bounty hunters, bandits and bloody vendettas. *AMC+ Original

61st Street (AMC+ / AMC / ALLBLK)
New Limited Series Premieres Sunday, April 10 with First Two Episodes Available to Stream Only on AMC+ and ALLBLK; Subsequent Episodes Will Be Available One Week Early on AMC+ and ALLBLK

From AMC Studios, 61st Street is a propulsive thriller coursing through the dark heart of the infamous Chicago criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. The two-season television event stars Emmy® Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country), Emmy® Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us, King Richard), Mark O’Brien (City on a Hill, Halt and Catch Fire), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter, Lights Out), Tosin Cole (Doctor Who, Hollyoaks), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor, Manifest) and Bentley Green (Snowfall, Sweet Magnolias).

Fear the Walking Dead Season 7B (AMC+ / AMC)

New Season Premieres Sunday, April 17 with the First Two Episodes Available to Stream That Same Night Only on AMC+; Subsequent Episodes will Be Available One Week Early on AMC+

In the second half of Season 7, months have passed after the nuclear blast and the only one thriving is Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Having built a fiefdom, he callously selects who will have a chance at life. The other members of the group have suffered immensely, but out of that, has come a fierce determination to live, even if it means taking Strand’s Tower by force and continuing the search for Padre, a mythical place no one is sure really exists. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey,) now the reluctant leader to Teddy’s former followers, is plagued by a mysterious illness and the repercussions of her past actions. Morgan (Lennie James,) trying to maintain hope that he will be reunited with his family, knows Alicia is key to their survival. With Alicia declaring war, Strand’s paranoia and personal vendettas grow, and with that, new threats emerge from all sides.

Better Call Saul Season 6 (AMC+ / AMC)

Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Sunday, April 18 beginning at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC and AMC+

Better Call Saul’s final season concludes the complicated journey and transformation of its compromised hero, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. From the cartel to the courthouse, from Albuquerque to Omaha, season six tracks Jimmy, Saul, and Gene as well as Jimmy’s complex relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) who is in the midst of her own existential crisis. Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks), Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Nacho (Michael Mando) and Lalo (Tony Dalton) are locked into a game of cat and mouse with mortal stakes.

The Ipcress File

New Exclusive Series Premieres May 2022

Based on the globally renowned Len Deighton novel and adapted by Oscar nominated and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter John Hodge (Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting), the enthralling and atmospheric drama stars Joe Cole (Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders) as iconic British spy Harry Palmer alongside Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody, Murder on the Orient Express) and BAFTA award winner Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Birdbox). The twist-laden spy thriller offers a stylish and tense tale of abducted scientists, brainwashing, inter-departmental rivalry, treason, and a possibly unwise romance. Directed by Emmy winner James Watkins (McMafia, Black Mirror, The Woman In Black) and set in Berlin and London during the 1960’s, The Ipcress File follows Harry Palmer (Cole) – a British army sergeant on the make in Berlin during the height of the Cold War. In the newly partitioned city, a sharp working-class young man with sophisticated tastes can make a lot of money. Wholesaler, retailer, fixer, smuggler — Harry’s varied interests bring him into contact with everything and everyone – until the law catches up and it all comes crashing to a halt. *AMC+ Original

AMC:

The Walking Dead Season 11B (AMC / AMC+)

Premieres Sunday, February 20 on AMC; Episodes Released One Week Early on AMC+ Beginning February 13

The Walking Dead returns with many of our heroes fighting imminent hellfire under Reaper attack; while others battle Mother Nature’s torrential wrath in Alexandria. For all, their world is literally crashing down around them. Meanwhile, life in the Commonwealth is not as idyllic as it seems. Will they be able to pick up the pieces and who will be alive to help? Will their relationships heal or fracture? Will olive branches be extended, accepted, or rejected? For some, hope will be renewed. Others will be pushed past the point of no return. One truth holds tight: Lives hang in the balance with each decision drastically changing their future, their chances of survival, and the state of each community.

Fear the Walking Dead Season 7B (AMC / AMC+)

Premieres Sunday, April 17 on AMC and AMC+, with First Two Episodes Available to Stream That Same Night Only on AMC+; Subsequent Episodes will Be Available One Week Early on AMC+

In the second half of Season 7, months have passed after the nuclear blast and the only one thriving is Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Having built a fiefdom, he callously selects who will have a chance at life. The other members of the group have suffered immensely, but out of that, has come a fierce determination to live, even if it means taking Strand’s Tower by force and continuing the search for Padre, a mythical place no one is sure really exists. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey,) now the reluctant leader to Teddy’s former followers, is plagued by a mysterious illness and the repercussions of her past actions. Morgan (Lennie James,) trying to maintain hope that he will be reunited with his family, knows Alicia is key to their survival. With Alicia declaring war, Strand’s paranoia and personal vendettas grow, and with that, new threats emerge from all sides.

Better Call Saul Season 6 (AMC / AMC+)

Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Sunday, April 18 beginning at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC and AMC+

Better Call Saul’s final season concludes the complicated journey and transformation of its compromised hero, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. From the cartel to the courthouse, from Albuquerque to Omaha, season six tracks Jimmy, Saul, and Gene as well as Jimmy’s complex relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) who is in the midst of her own existential crisis. Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks), Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Nacho (Michael Mando) and Lalo (Tony Dalton) are locked into a game of cat and mouse with mortal stakes.

BBC AMERICA:

Killing Eve Season 4 (BBC AMERICA / AMC+)

Final Season Premieres Sunday, February 27

After the emotional climax of Season 3, Eve (Golden Globe® winner Sandra Oh), Villanelle (Emmy® Award winner Jodie Comer) and Carolyn (BAFTA winner Fiona Shaw) are in very different places. Following Eve and Villanelle’s exchange on the bridge, Eve is on a revenge mission, while Villanelle has found a brand-new community in an attempt to prove she’s not a “monster.” Having killed Paul, Carolyn goes to extraordinary lengths to continue to chase down The Twelve and the person that ordered Kenny’s hit. This season follows our extraordinary women, each driven by passion, revenge and obsession, building towards a messy, nuanced and totally glorious series finale.

Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils (BBC AMERICA / AMC+)

Premieres Spring 2022

Legend of the Sea Devils finds the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) in 19th century China, where a small coastal village is under threat – from both the fearsome pirate queen Madame Ching (Crystal Yu) and a monstrous alien force which she unwittingly unleashes. Will the Doctor, Yaz and Dan emerge from this swashbuckling battle with the Sea Devils to save the planet? The special introduces cast members Arthur Lee as Ji-Hun and Marlow Chan-Reeves as Ying Ki. Legend of the Sea Devils is the second of a trio of specials airing in 2022. Jodie Whittaker’s final feature-length Special will transmit in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.

IFC:

The Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC / AMC+)

Awards Special Premieres Sunday, March 6

IFC will once again exclusively broadcast the Film Independent Spirit Awards. The ceremony will air on IFC on Sunday, March 6 at 5pm ET, and will be available to stream simultaneously on AMC+. Following the broadcast, the full awards ceremony will be made available on demand across AMC+ and IFC platforms.

SHUDDER:

Hellbender (SHUDDER / AMC+)

New Film Premieres Thursday, February 24

In this occult coming-of-age horror from the Adams filmmaking family (The Deeper You Dig), 16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) suffers from a rare illness that has kept her isolated on a mountaintop with her mother (Toby Poser, who co-wrote and co-directed with daughter Zelda Adams and her husband John Adams) her whole life. As Izzy begins to question her sickness, she pushes back against her confinement and secretly befriends Amber (Lulu Adams), another girl living on the mountain, but her newfound happiness is derailed after finds an insatiable and violent hunger awakened within her. *Shudder Original

The Seed (SHUDDER / AMC+)

New Film Premieres Thursday, March 10

The horror comedy centers on Deidre (Lucy Martin), Heather (Sophie Vavasseur) and Charlotte (Chelsea Edge), lifelong friends that are finally getting some time away together, using an upcoming meteor shower to gather more followers for their social media channels. But what starts out as a girls’ getaway in the Mojave Desert descends into a battle for survival with the arrival of an alien force whose air of mystery soon proves to be alluring and irresistible to them. *Shudder Original

Night’s End (SHUDDER / AMC+)

New Film Premieres Thursday, March 31

In Night’s End, an anxious shut-in unwittingly moves into a haunted apartment and hires a mysterious stranger to perform an exorcism which takes a horrific turn. Starring Geno Walker, Felonious Munk, Kate Arrington, and Michael Shannon. Directed by Jennifer Reeder (Knives and Skin, V/H/S/94). *Shudder Original

Cursed Films Season 2 (SHUDDER / AMC+)

New Season Premieres Thursday, April 7

Exploring the facts and myths surrounding famous films some consider cursed. The new season will feature Rosemary’s Baby, Stalker, The Serpent & The Rainbow, Cannibal Holocaust and The Wizard of Oz. *Shudder Original

SUNDANCE NOW:

Wisting Season 2 (SUNDANCE NOW / AMC+)

New Season Premieres Thursday, March 31

Based on Jørn Lier Horst’s crime novel ‘The Inner Darkness,’ this latest installment in the series literally opens with a bang. A convicted killer escapes from Detective Wisting’s custody by triggering a grenade during the inspection of a potential crime scene in the woods. The killer, who promised to reveal the location of yet another murder victim, instead blasts his way to freedom with the help of a former accomplice, injuring police officers in the process. The case is now personal for the entire Larvik police force. Wisting (Sven Nordin) embarks on some of the most intense days of his life as he must manage his revenge-thirsty team, as well as stop the two criminals before they continue their killing spree. The case also becomes personal for the detective’s daughter, Line (Thea Green Lundberg), who is shooting a true crime documentary about serial killers and was the one who instigated the whole inspection.

Ten Percent (SUNDANCE NOW / AMC+)

New Series Premieres Spring 2022

From BAFTA winner John Morton (Twenty Twelve, W1A), the star-studded and buzzy comedy series Ten Percent (Based on the original hit French series, Call My Agent!) keeps the sensibilities and premise of the French series, in which the staff of a Parisian talent agency must hustle to keep clients happy after the abrupt death of their founder — all while juggling their own personal and love lives. The British remake takes a close look at London culture and class inequality, Britain’s entertainment relations to American Hollywood, and provides a whimsical tonality, unique to John Morton’s writing. Series regulars include Jack Davenport (The Morning Show, The Pirates of the Caribbean series), Lydia Leonard (Last Christmas, Absentia), Maggie Steed (Elizabeth Is Missing), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Patrick Melrose), Chelsey Crisp (Fresh Off the Boat), Hiftu Quasem (Killing Eve), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Black Mirror), Rebecca Humphries (The Crown), Harry Trevaldwyn (The King), Tim McInnerny (Game of Thrones, Notting Hill), Natasha Little (Night Manager), Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve, Sex Education), Eleonore Arnaud (Nu) and Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Game of Thrones). The series features cameos from Dominic West (The Crown, The Affair), Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton), Jessica Oyelowo (The Water Man), and David Oyelowo (Nightingale, Selma) as well as well as appearances from Kelly Macdonald (Line of Duty, Trainspotting), Helena Bonham Carter (The Harry Potter series, The Crown), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, An Education) and, the newly announced Emma Corrin (The Crown, Misbehaviour) and Himesh Patel (Don’t Look Up!, The Luminaries).

SUNDANCETV:

State of The Union (SUNDANCETV / SUNDANCE NOW / AMC+)

Season 2 Premieres Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14

Emmy® award-winning short form drama series, State of the Union returns with Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) and Esco Jouléy (High Maintenance) leading the second installment of the innovative format, 10 episodes, each 10 minutes in length. Written by Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, An Education) and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, A Very English Scandal), State of the Union cleverly explores relationships and the human experience. In this season, liberal campaigning Ellen (Clarkson) drags her traditional, self-made husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have ten minutes before their marriage counseling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts and argue about everything from Quakerism to pronouns. Amongst the bickering they also discuss betrayals from their past, how they’re changing as people, and what the future of their relationship might look like in a changing world. *SundanceTV/Sundance Now Original

Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s (SUNDANCETV / AMC+)

Premieres Sundays March 6 and March 20 at 9am ET/8c on SundanceTV; and Thursdays March 10 and March 24 on AMC+

Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) brings guests together for conversation and a delicious cocktail over brunch. Lineup as follows:

Sunday, March 6 at 9am/8c on Sundance TV / Thursday March 10 on AMC+
Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s returns to celebrate Women’s History Month. Join host Colman Domingo and special guests as they make a signature cocktail with Zacapa.

Sunday, March 20 at 9am/8c / Thursday March 24 on AMC+
Join host Colman Domingo and special guests as they make a signature Don Julio cocktail to celebrate Awards season.

WE TV:

Love After Lockup Season 4A (WEtv original series)

New Episodes Premiere Fridays at 9pm EST Beginning Friday, March 4

Five new couples and one returning couple take the drama to the next level with deeper love, bigger doubts, and even more mystery, as viewers once again debate if it’s true love or just another convincing con. Although every journey begins with a long-awaited prison release, each of our lovebirds and jailbirds have their own winding path to the altar. Watch Supertease |

Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition (WEtv original series)

Season 17 Premieres March 2022

This season, Hip Hop superstar K. MICHELLE (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta) and KASTAN, RICH DOLLAZ and MARIAHLYNN, (Love & Hip Hop: New York) LYRICA and A1, (Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood) and GANGSTA BOO (Three 6 Mafia) and EMMET head to Marriage Boot Camp to face the music. Resident counselor Dr. Ish Major along with the established Judge Lynn Toler return this season to help the couples confront lies, betrayal, and bitter rivalries. But when secrets are exposed, will their relationships survive?

About AMC Networks:

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.



‘CURSED FILMS’ SUMMONS 2​ND​ BIGGEST PREMIERE EVER FOR SHUDDER





‘CURSED FILMS’ SUMMONS 2​ND​ BIGGEST PREMIERE EVER FOR SHUDDER
New Show Is Shudder’s Most-Watched Series After ‘Creepshow’ And Most-Watched Documentary Ever

April 9, 2020 — The Shudder original series ​Cursed Films debuted to huge numbers for the streaming service, becoming the second most-watched series premiere in Shudder history behind only breakout hit Creepshow. ​Cursed Films​ also stands as the service’s most-watched documentary premiere (series or film) ever. The series, which is part of Shudder’s “Halfway to Halloween Month” programming lineup, released its second and third episodes earlier today, focused on ​The Omen​ and ​Poltergeist.
“Cursed Films​ became an instant hit for us across every metric we have, including total number of viewers, percentage of subscribers who watched during its opening weekend, and completion rate,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. “Jay Cheel’s thoughtful — and at times heartbreaking — examination of the tragic events that led people to label films like ​The Exorcist​ and ​The Omen​ ‘cursed’ has clearly resonated with audiences and critics.”
“The entire ​Cursed Films​ team is thrilled by the enthusiastic response the series has received from critics and horror fans,” said series writer/director Jay Cheel. “It was a deeply gratifying experience traveling around the US and Canada, interviewing some childhood horror heroes along with some of the most intelligent, articulate, and empathetic subjects a documentary filmmaker could ask for. We’re so excited to finally be able to share the finished product with Shudder’s members who we hope find the experience of watching ​Cursed Films​ as rewarding as we did making it.”
Cursed Films explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who experienced these events first hand. Were these movies really cursed, as many believe, or just victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances? ​The Exorcist​ star Linda Blair, ​The Omen​ director Richard Donner, Poltergeist III​ director Gary Sherman, podcaster Matt Gourley, critic April Wolfe and ​Fangoria​ editor Phil Nobile Jr are among the many insiders and experts interviewed for the series.
Last week’s record-breaking premiere focused on the legend and impact of ​The Exorcist​ “curse.” Episodes two and three, premiering today, explore whether the Devil himself might have cursed ​The Omen, and if a curse might be connected to the tragic deaths associated with the Poltergeist franchise. The final two episodes, examining the horrific deaths on the sets of ​The Crow​ and ​Twilight Zone: The Movie, will premiere Thursday, April 16.
Cursed Films​ is written, directed and edited by Jay Cheel (​How to Build a Time Machine) and executive produced by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter for First Love Films, along with Jay Cheel and Brian Robertson.
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ABOUT FIRST LOVE FILMS
Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith created FIRST LOVE to create exceptional screen based content regardless of the platform. Since 2012, FIRST LOVE has played on the most prestigious screens across the world, including Sundance, TIFF, Locarno, and AFI. FIRST LOVE has taken home over dozens of top awards including a Canadian Screen Award, Grand Prix at Claremont Ferrand, and the Locarno’s Jury Prize. Most recently First Love produced COLD (New Form/Go90), WARIGAMI (CW/CBC), CURSED (AMC/Shudder), and the critically acclaimed horror film THE DARK (Dark Sky).
ABOUT SHUDDER
AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. ​New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at​ Shudder.com.