‘Talking Dead,’ ‘Comic Book Men’ and ‘Freakshow’ Renewed By AMC

There was plenty of good news for fans of AMC reality series at the network’s upfront presentation Wednesday. Chris Hardwick’s post-Walking Dead chat fest, Talking Dead and Comic Book Men were both renewed for a third season, while freshman series Freakshow was officially picked up for a second season.

Additionally, AMC also announced a packed development slate that includes a futuristic cop show set in space, a reality series about celebrites bowling and two series that, if picked up, would continue the network’s love affair with the ’60s. Check out the official descriptions for all the shows in development below:

Scripted:

“Ballistic City”
Writer and Executive Producer: Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim); Executive Producer and Director: Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), Executive Producers: Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content (Oblivion)

A futuristic drama, “Ballistic City” is the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world.

“King”
Executive Producers: Joe Scarborough (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”) and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”); Writers and Executive Producers: Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos”)

In the early 1960s, Floridian King Carmichael sells his soul to a corrupt, racist political machine to win a seat in the Senate. Having run as a segregationist, he is then tapped by Lyndon B. Johnson to champion civil rights in the South.

“Ashland”
Writer and Executive Producer: Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging, Mi Vida Loca) and Terry Graham; Co-Executive Producer: Shana Eddy

Set in 1950 in Ashland, a tiny mining town in Kentucky, the Evans family has just relocated from California and the matriarch, Del, must hide her family’s secrets and find a way to support her three children at the height of the Red Scare.

“White City”
Executive Producer: Tom Freston (MTV); Writers and Co-Executive Producers: Nick McDonell (Twelve, The Third Brother, An Expensive Education) and John Dempsey

The drama series follows western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.

“Untitled Dahvi Waller Project”
Writer and Executive Producer: Dahvi Waller (“Mad Men”)

Set against the New York automobile industry of the 1920s, two brothers struggle to keep their family-run company afloat with a class-hopping Ziegfeld girl and the daughter of an English competitor blurring the line between love and business.

“Untitled Tim Lea/Anonymous Content Project”
Writer and Executive Producer: Tim Lea (“Flash Forward,” “The Riches”); Executive Producers: David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content (Winter’s Bone, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

In America’s near future, one family is nearly torn apart in the conflict between a repressive government and the emerging movement for a second American Revolution.

“The Wall”
Writers and Executive Producers: Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton (Thorne); Executive Producer: Red Arrow; Executive Producer: Alan Greenspan (Donnie Brasco, High Fidelity)

In 1960s Berlin, an American businessman becomes embroiled in a web of East-West espionage.

Unscripted:

“Majority Rules”
Produced by ALL3 Media America; Executive Producers: Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman

“Majority Rules” is a docu-style, unscripted series that celebrates the American democratic process. At the most grass root level, whether it’s an election for president of the birdwatchers club or a small-town city council, it will take a light-hearted look at democracy at work as the candidates vie for votes – because, in America — Majority Rules.

“All-Star Celebrity Bowling”
Produced by High Noon Productions; Executive Producers: Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin of Nerdist; Executive Producers: Jim Berger and Patrick Jager from High Noon

“All-Star Celebrity Bowling” is the battle royale of celebrity talk shows – an unscripted, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek format that features celebrity bowling matches. In each episode, celebrity teams compete to win big money for charity while letting loose and showing how even the highest profile stars can get competitive, while letting fans in on their lives and current projects.

“Cancelled”
Produced by Lion Television; Executive Produced by Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn

“Cancelled” is a social experiment that will attempt to determine just how far people will really go for fame. Over the course of eight weeks, six households will be outfitted with cameras that will give them the chance to compete for ‘ratings’ that will determine which household has the most-watched reality show.