AMC GREENLIGHTS CONSPIRACY THRILLER ‘RUBICON’ From Writer and Executive Producer Jason Horwitch Series Stars James Badge Dale (The Departed), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), and Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game) Warner Horizon Television to Produce Network’s New Original Drama NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2009 – AMC announced today it has greenlit the dramatic series Rubicon. From writer and executive producer Jason Horwitch (Pentagon Papers, Medical Investigation), Rubicon is a conspiracy thriller that follows an analyst at a New York City think-tank whose work leads him to uncover a hidden clue that points to an unfolding global conspiracy. The one-hour, 12-episode weekly series will be produced by Warner Horizon Television. Rubicon marks the third series order from AMC. The first two series that the network developed were Mad Men and Breaking Bad. “This script is an iconic project for us in that it underscores AMC’s brand promise of ‘Story Matters Here,’ combining great storytelling with a world that hasn't been explored on television before. Think tanks are inherently mysterious places with murky agendas, and it’s a great setting for a show like this. Jason's understanding of the conspiracy thriller genre is evident in a plot reminiscent of some great films like Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View. We're thrilled to have a world class cast, director, and production team to bring this series to life,” said Joel Stillerman, SVP of original programming, production and digital content for AMC. Rubicon revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage. The series focuses on an analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers are not who they seem to be. The show’s cast includes James Badge Dale (The Departed), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under, High Fidelity), Dallas Roberts (Walk the Line, Flicka, The L Word), Jessica Collins (The Nine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Christopher Evan Welch (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Lauren Hodges (Law & Order), Paul Butler (The Insider, Reign Over Me) with Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Natural Born Killers, The Sandlot) and Oscar®-nominated actress Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, Sleepy Hollow). AMC’s Joel Stillerman, SVP of Original Programming, Production and Digital Content; Vlad Wolynetz, Vice President of Production, Series and Movies; and Jeremy Elice, Vice President of Original Programming, will oversee the development and production of the new drama. Rubicon’s pilot was produced in New York City and was directed by acclaimed film and television helmer Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Hollywoodland, Damages and Nurse Jackie). Kerry Orent (Michael Clayton, Rescue Me) is the producer, and the casting director is Avy Kaufman (The Sixth Sense, King Kong, Garden State). In July of 2006, AMC entered into the original programming arena with Broken Trail starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, which garnered record ratings for AMC and scored four Emmy wins. In the summer of 2007, AMC debuted its first original drama Mad Men. The series has received overwhelming recognition from the industry including making history by becoming the first cable network to garner back to back Golden Globe® wins for Best Dramatic Television Series and receiving multiple Emmy wins including making history again by becoming the first cable network to win for Outstanding Drama series. Then in January of 2008, AMC premiered its newest original series, Breaking Bad, which took home the Emmy for outstanding lead actor for Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of lead character Walt White. The network features an extensive library of iconic, top-rated movies, acclaimed unscripted originals and specials, including AMC StoryMakers with Peter Bart and Peter Guber, and curated movie franchises including Hollywood Icon, AMC Complete Collection and AMC Celebrates. About AMC AMC - the most Emmy®-winning basic cable network of 2008 - reigns as the only basic cable network to win back-to-back Golden Globes® for Best Television Series – Drama and boasts a comprehensive library of the most entertaining movies of all time. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original productions, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include the Emmy® Award-winning dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the upcoming miniseries The Prisoner and insightful non-scripted programming such as AMC Storymakers and AMC News. AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 94 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM. About Warner Horizon Television Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s fastest-growing television companies, specializing in the creation of scripted series for the cable marketplace, and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV is producing more than a dozen series for broadcast and cable networks in 2009–2010.
June 24, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST
Oh I kill me. <br> <br> I'll go on joke restriction the rest fo the day.
June 24, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST
Then welcome aboard Rubicon.
June 24, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST
Just 60 more minutes that Joan Holloway isn't on AMC. Which means it's 60 more minutes that I won't be watching AMC.
June 24, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST
I'll check it out...
June 24, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST
Great. AMC: Originality!
June 24, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST
because Mad Men is a overrated bore, but that's just my opinion. So hopefully, this new one will be more like Breaking Bad.
June 24, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST
Hustle doesn't count?
June 24, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST
Didn't they film that awhile ago? Shouldn't that be coming out soon?
June 24, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST
Breaking Bad really owned this year. And, sorry guys, but I really, really, really hated the second season of Mad Men.
June 24, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST
June 24, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
Not originating from a Think Tank, but wasn't this already covered in poor detail by Prison Break, Traveller and I'm sure a bunch of other shows? I like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, so two out of three ain't bad. And I just realized AMC titles their shows with the same letter for each word. Change the name and I'm sure it will be a hit.
June 24, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST
James Badge Dale was in The Departed? Really? Allen Coulter is a great catch for director, and I hope they continue to shoot in New York. And I've always liked Arliss Howard.
June 24, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST
by AMC themselves. And yes, as strong as a second season Mad Man had this year (they really could've suffered the sophmore jinx), Breaking Bad was just fucking stunning.
June 24, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST
Mad Men is excellent, excellent stuff, I hear nothing but greatness about Breaking Bad, and this sounds like a cool enough show. I'm more excited for their Prisoner remake, but so far AMC has been doing great work with quality drama, and I'm looking forward to their third effort.
June 24, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST
I'm sick to death of AMC ignoring their very first scripted series, "Remember WENN". That was first aired 12 years ago! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remember_WENN http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115333/ Maybe they think they can technically get away with it because now they're "AMC" as opposed to "American Movie Classics" when Remember WENN was on, but it's still the same dang channel. Ain't right, I tell ya.
June 24, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST
Best show on TV hands down!
June 24, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
it should still be very good television. those two shows are amazingly good.
June 24, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
great concept, on the back of breaking bad and madmen, they're two for two in my book, looking forward to this
June 24, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST
Coming to a 3 for $5 DVD bin near you
June 24, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST
I get a third of the way through this breaking announcement and my eyes glaze over. It is as if there is a single template and the studio/network just drop in the names (and latest credit).
June 24, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST
USA v. Spain was thrilling. A must see. 5 stars! <p> Well, okay, I am being hyperbolic, but it was way better than the Brazil and Italian (mis-)matches.
June 24, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
No doubt it will bring forth a lot of nutjobs who will want to educate us all in every talkback, about the Bilderberg group, the Bohemian Grove, the Carlyle Group, etc... etc... etc...
June 24, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST
What do you have against Ed McMahon? The man dies and gets NADA mention from the coax. That's BULLSHIT!
June 24, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST
Where is the greenlight for Red Mars, The Robert Duvall "Pony Express" series, Carter Beats the Devil and the Walton Goggins vehicle "Rectify"? Don't you fail me now, AMC!
June 24, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST
The Miniseries premieres in November http://tinyurl.com/n2g6r2
June 24, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST
...and it really is up to their standards of Breaking Bad and Mad Men...probably my favorite television script of the year...
June 24, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST
That sums up every new tv show.
June 24, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST
AMC has a better batting average at this point than HBO and Showtime, so I'm interested. Thanks to Big Eddie for an opinion from someone who's actually read the script. But I agree, whatever happened to Red Mars?
June 24, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST
Yes, AMC picked up Breaking Bad for a third season.
June 24, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST
June 24, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST
Heck, even CW is currently outperforming HBO with "Supernatural".
June 24, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST
got picked up for two more season.
June 24, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
from that first teaser they posted for the re-boot, looks like instead of a beach-front tropical type locale for the village, they are going with a desert. I sort of like and don't like this. On one hang, it sort of removes Lost comparisons with Island and beach themed stuff, and allows them to use whatever they come up with for the The Rover to be more useful to stop escape, it's not exactly the prettiest or most interesting locale to stay in episode after episode. Pretty bland. Any one else?
June 24, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST
June 25, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST
This and The Pacific should really get people noticing him.
June 25, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST
Also are you just being anal? No one liked that show. And yeah, when did James Badge Dale suddenly explode? Fuck yes he was in Departed though, he's the one dressed like he's ready to invade Poland.
June 25, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
except I'm not sold on the one-armed lost Gavin brother in the lead.<br><br>If this works out, FX had better up their game and steal their thunder back from AMC.
June 25, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST
June 25, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST
It was AMC (like the links I posted mentioned). I liked that show. So did many others, which is at least partly why it lasted four seasons. Maybe I am being anal, but it's sad that the channel ignores the past.
June 25, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST
This looks like it could be really, really good. Allen Coulter was my favorite "Sopranos" director, and the cast looks excellent too.<p> I wonder if the show might be based, in part at least, on the book "Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil." It's a pretty intense and well-researched book.<p> Here's Amazon.com's description:<p> "The attacks of September 11, 2001 were accomplished through an amazing orchestration of logistics and personnel. Crossing the Rubicon discovers and identifies key suspects - finding some of them in the highest echelons of American government - by showing how they acted in concert to guarantee that the attacks produced the desired result.<p> Crossing the Rubicon is unique not only for its case-breaking examination of 9/11, but for the breadth and depth of its world picture - an interdisciplinary analysis of petroleum, geopolitics, narco-traffic, intelligence and militarism - without which 9/11 cannot be understood.<p> The US manufacturing sector has been mostly replaced by speculation on financial data whose underlying economic reality is a dark secret. Hundreds of billions of dollars in laundered drug money flow through Wall Street each year from opium and coca fields maintained by CIA-sponsored warlords and US-backed covert paramilitary violence. America's global dominance depends on a continually turning mill of guns, drugs, oil and money. Oil and natural gas - the fuels that make economic growth possible - are subsidized by American military force and foreign lending.<p> In reality, 9/11 and the resulting "War on Terror" are parts of a massive authoritarian response to an emerging economic crisis of unprecedented scale. Peak Oil - the beginning of the end for our industrial civilization - is driving the elites of American power to implement unthinkably draconian measures of repression, warfare and population control. Crossing the Rubicon is more than a story. It is a map of the perilous terrain through which, together and alone, we are all now making our way."<p> Yeah, so... holy shit if Peak Oil is part of the show's conspiracy. Could be pretty intense and groundbreaking for television.<p> I'll definitely be watching.
June 25, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST
Count me in.
June 25, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
Sounds interesting. Mad Men is good and Breaking Bad is fanfuckingtabular.