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Into the Badlands (2015 AMC TV Series)

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W1zdOjk.jpgAMC is heading back Into the Badlands — and this time, the journey will last four episodes longer.

 

The network announced Tuesday it has renewed the bloody martial arts drama for a 10-episode second season after its six-episode first season drew solid ratings, including an average 5.6 million viewers per episode, the third-highest-rated first season in U.S. cable history. Starring Daniel Wu, Aramis Knight, and Marton Csokas, the series tells the story of a feudal, post-apocalyptic world where barons rule and guns are outlawed, leading to intensely choreographed fight sequences directed by Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung.

 

The series was created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, who serve as executive producers alongside Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg. The second season of Into the Badlands will debut in 2017.

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NoJHrwA.jpgAMC has ordered a third season of its martial arts drama “Into the Badlands.”

 

Sixteen episodes will air in 2018, which is up from the 10-episode, currently airing Season 2.

 

“‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a statement. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride to the fans.”

 

The show follows Sunny (Daniel Wu), the top warrior for a savage tyrant named Quinn (Martin Csokas), who rules over an empire in a dystopian future. But a boy named MK (Aramis Knight) may hold the key to Sunny’s escape from a life he has come to hate.

 

From AMC Studios, the series was created by showrunners, executive producers, and writers Gough and Millar. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin, fight director Stephen Fung and Wu also serve as executive producers.

 

“Into the Badlands” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.

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v9R94rn.jpgAMC announced Saturday at its portion of the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that dramas Into the Badlands and The Son would end with their upcoming runs.

 

Martial arts drama Into the Badlands will return for its final eight episodes starting Sunday, March 24. The Son, the Pierce Brosnan Western, will begin its second and final season on Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m.

 

Neither drama were ratings breakouts for AMC — and both were on the more costly side of the spectrum for basic cable series. Badlands — produced in-house at AMC Studios — requires elaborate stunts and visual effects. The series is from showrunners Alfred Gough and stars Daniel Wu.

 

The Son, meanwhile, launched in April 2017 across multiple AMC-owned networks, including SundanceTV. Season one is averaging 2.3 million viewers and ranks as the top original cable program on Saturday nights. Although Saturday has traditionally been a quiet night for originals, AMC previously found success there airing later seasons of the Civil War-era drama Hell on Wheels. The series is based on Philipp Meyer's novel of the same name and is a co-production between AMC and Sonar Entertainment. Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. 

 

The decision to wrap both Into the Badlands and The Son arrives as AMC is getting a programming influx from its sibling networks BBC America and Sundance in the form of critical darling Killing Eve and A Discovery of Witches, respectively. Both shows will premiere on AMC starting April 7. The two series will help fill a night of originals for AMC without any additional cost to the network. 

 

Once both The Son and Into the Badlands wrap their respective runs, AMC's scripted roster will consist of The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Lodge 49, McMafia, NOS4A2, The Terror, Human, Preacher, Little Drummer Girl and Dispatches From Elsewhere. The cabler also put Peter Moffat-Michael B. Jordan racial drama 61st Street in development under its script-to-series model.

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13 minutes ago, cloud369 said:

Damn, I actually liked Into the Badlands, sucks that it's going away.

Personally, I was on the fence about dropping Into the Badlands, but if it's ending in 8 episodes, I'll go ahead and finish it.

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Which series get dropped or extended never made sense to me.  You have ones that go on forever like the Big Bang Theory that just seems corny and then you have ones like APB, Cult and Class that get dropped after 1 season.  Some times, shows get pushed into days that are guaranteed to result in lower ratings though the show is actually quite good.  Seems like the viewers should pick which shows they want to watch, not TV Execs.

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16 minutes ago, GCMD said:

Which series get dropped or extended never made sense to me.  You have ones that go on forever like the Big Bang Theory that just seems corny and then you have ones like APB, Cult and Class that get dropped after 1 season.  Some times, shows get pushed into days that are guaranteed to result in lower ratings though the show is actually quite good.  Seems like the viewers should pick which shows they want to watch, not TV Execs.

There are a lot of factors involved. Such as how much the show costs to produce, licensing, how much they can make on merchandise, viewership numbers, etc.

 

Whether The Big Bang Theory is corny or not is debatable, but there's no denying it's THE most watched sitcom on air and makes more money by far than any of the others currently producing new episodes. It makes enough that the salary per episode for the 7 main actors/actresses combined is 5.5 million bucks. That's not including how much they earn on for everything else involved.

 

Lower ratings don't always equal a nail in the coffin as often times they can still make money with the royalties gained from places like Netflix licensing the rights to stream the show, etc. There's actually several shows that were saved due to making money elsewhere despite the show getting terrible viewership during it's run-time on television.

 

Then you have shows like The Expanse that was doing very well, but due to licensing costs, SyFy dropped it, only for Amazon to save it (yay!).

 

Some networks are prone to quickly dropping shows if it fails to hit a certain mark, while other networks will try hard to keep them around and draw in a crowd. So it depends a lot of the people behind the scenes as well as to whether they're willing to keep forking money out for a sinking ship or test their funds on a new property.

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AMC's groundbreaking martial arts drama Into the Badlands will conclude with its final eight episodes on Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT following a new episode of The Walking Dead. The series will then move to its regular timeslot with a new episode on Monday, March 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT. As we enter the final chapter of Into the Badlands, an imprisoned Bajie warns Sunny that Pilgrim can't be trusted. But with his son's life on the line, Sunny struggles with his decision to help Pilgrim unlock the Meridian Chamber. Meanwhile, M.K., still reeling from the revelation that Sunny killed his mother, is hell-bent on revenge. Kidnapped by The Master, the Widow is forced to confront her past. Moon meanwhile races to save Lydia from impending death after she risked her life for his on the battlefield. As the last episodes unfold long buried secrets will be revealed, new alliances will be forged, and the saga will climax in an epic battle to end all battles.

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