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The Magic Letters of Primetime TV: AMC

The cable TV channel AMC has, in the last 5 years, become one of the most viewed and talked about programmers in the television industry. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at the three most popular shows that are currently being produced by AMC, also known as Summer, Fall, and Spring.

BREAKING BAD

Image Credit: AMC/Sony Pictures

This gritty drama focuses on a high school science teacher dealing with a life-threatening sickness and the choices he makes to financially protect his family, which plunges him into the underbelly of the crime world and narcotics production. Currently approaching its final run, this program has been a summertime staple for AMC for 5 years now. Thanks to its presence on Netflix, the fan base has grown drastically from year to year, culminating into what is not a cult-like following of loyal viewers.

THE WALKING DEAD

Image Credit: AMC/Valhalla Motion Pictures

Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, The Walking Dead has built a fan following in the last 3 years unlike any other. Groups of individuals fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, from both zombies and themselves. The real drama comes from human interaction, but the dread of danger around every corner give this series the edge (and the gore factor) that has made this such a hit. Fans are now treated to 2-part seasons that last from October to December, and February through March.

MAD MEN

Image Credit: AMC/Lionsgate

Anyone who has not heard of Mad Men has been living under a rock for the past 5 years, plain and simple. Very few series before it have receive such critical acclaim, both in awards and in viewership. Audiences are thrown into the fast-paced, martini-drinking world of 1960’s advertising professionals on Madison Avenue in New York City. Scandals and affairs aside, viewers cruise through the ups and downs of the 1960’s, thrown headfirst into pop culture that oozes with the nostalgia of an America long lost. But here in the 2010’s, the new fad is ‘Mad Men’ parties, where pearl necklaces and skinny ties are aplenty.



Obviously, a major point here is how AMC has been able to produce high-quality hour-long dramas are worth their weight in gold for the large number of viewers they pull in each week, not to mention DVD sales. But take a close look at how these programs have been disseminated. AMC has expertly separated their three biggest revenue holders throughout the year, often allowing one to lead right into another. The Walking Dead‘s 2-part seasons feed into the start of Mad Men, which leads into Breaking Bad, and the next thing you know it’s time for The Walking Dead again. This keeps viewers coming back every Sunday night throughout the entire year, instead of in spurts, and allows AMC to promote many of their other programming throughout episodes.

Those seeking the drama and excitement of strong story lines and character studies look no further than the magic letters A-M-C.

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