With Breaking Bad getting ready to deliver its last episodes, AMC has something of a void to fill, because a successful channel won't be successful very long if it rests on the laurels of soon-to-be past shows. Also showing its mastered the Art of Launching a New TV Show 101, AMC is doing the smart thing by pairing their new series, Low Winter Sun, with the wildly popular Breaking Bad. Of course, success by association won't be the reason Low Winter Sun continues after Breaking Bad rides off into the sunset. No, for that, it helps if a compelling storyline and great characters are included, and judging by the preview, AMC appears to have filled both quotas.
In other words, it looks like have the channel has its hands on another potential winner. Before the trailer, however, here's what AMC has to say about the show:
The AMC Original Series Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Low Winter Sun begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Based on the award-winning 2006 British miniseries of the same name..
As you can see, this is another one of those anti-hero shows, much like Sons of Anarchy and, of course, Breaking Bad. The question is, can the Low Winter Sun rise to the same levels of popularity as its predecessors? From the looks of the preview, it certainly has that potential:
While I have not seen the British version of the show, Mark Strong played the lead for the BBC's version. He will also be the lead in AMC's remake, however, he'll be using an American-ish accent. The reviews for the BBC version were pretty solid:
Mr. Strong does the haunted-man thing expertly... There’s a classic severed-head-in-a-gym-bag sequence, and where lazy cop movies set scenes in strip clubs, this one prefers a slaughterhouse. Red meat for the noir fan.
As indicated, Low Winter Sun debuts on Sunday (August 11) following the premiere of Breaking Bad's final season.