AMC greenlights two new series, 61st Street & Kevin Can F**k Himself
AMC has greenlit two new series, thriller and courtroom drama 61st Street from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of, Your Honor) and executive produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society (Just Mercy, David Makes Man), as well as Kevin Can F**k Himself, from creator Valerie Armstrong (Lodge 49, SEAL Team) and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack through Le Train Train (Claws, A to Z) as well as Craig DiGregorio.
61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong. Timely and provocative, 61st Street is set against the systemic abuse happening in some of our country’s most vulnerable communities. Moffat will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
“61st Street is an important commentary and observation of those impacted by the complicated history of race and the criminal legal system in America,” said Outlier Society’s Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo. “Our admiration of Peter’s prior work and his personal experience with this subject matter are reasons we’re honored to be a part bringing it to life. We are lucky to have found an equally passionate partner in AMC.”
Peter Moffat added: “Having spent ten years at the criminal bar and the last two years researching deep inside the criminal justice system in Chicago, this is a story I’ve been waiting to write all my professional life. 61st Street is a thriller — supple plotting and dynamic storytelling are central to everything — but race, politics, history, jurisprudence, and police culture are all fundamental to what this project is about and broaden its scope into what I hope will be a story for our times. Working alongside Alana Mayo and Michael B. Jordan makes me happy and humble and I’m very grateful to AMC for their amazing support.”
Kevin Can F**k Himself probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife. Kevin Can F**k Himself looks to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we imagine what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines and forces the world to let her take the lead. Craig DiGregorio (Shrill, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. The series will consist of 10 hour-long episodes.
“I’m so thrilled that this weird little pilot I wrote in my pajamas is somehow going to be a weird little series. I’m forever grateful to AMC for seeing the potential in this character’s unconventional story, rather than being scared by it,” said Armstrong.
Both series will be produced by AMC Studios.