AMC, the home of prestige dramas “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Walking Dead” – and more recently the home of behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the price of those dramas – will take its first leap into the unscripted realm with two new less expensive reality shows, the network announced Thursday.
The first, “Secret Stash” comes from Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back“), and is set in his iconic New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. In a press release, AMC said the one-hour show would focus on “the world of the neighborhood comic-book store and fanboy culture,” and is scheduled to debut in early 2012. In a statement, the often outspoken Smith called AMC “the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch,” and said that he was “ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway.” He added: “And if they’d pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I’d have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of ‘Mad Men,” ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Walking Dead.'”
The second show, “JJK Security,” takes aim at a family-owned private security company in rural Georgia. AMC said the half-hour series was inspired “by what filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, Christopher Guest and Robert Altman have done capturing quirky, larger than life characters in the scripted realm,” and will premiere late in 2012.