There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.
Given that it never achieved the kind of ratings gotten by Mad Men and Breaking Bad, I guess it makes sense that AMC, after getting extraordinary ratings for The Walking Dead, would choose to cancel its suspenseful conspiracy series, Rubicon.
AMC’s third series [and first cancelation], Rubicon was smart, finely textured, richly detailed and mesmerizing. And now it’s gone. A statement from the network says, "Rubicon gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story and we’re very proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team."
AMC is getting a reputation for taking their time and getting it right when they greenlight an original series. It was true for Mad Men and it was true for Breaking Bad – each of which has won multiple Emmys. Now, AMC is announcing that production will begin on its third original series, Rubicon, in New York City, on March 29th. Rubicon, which stars James Badge Dale [The Pacific, The Departed] is described as being a conspiracy thriller. Details from the press release follow the jump.