AMC is currently home to three of the most popular television shows on cable, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. The Walking Dead season three premiere, according to Entertainment Weekly, was the most-watched cable show in history with around 10.9 million viewers. Mad Men won four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, 2008-2011. Finally, Breaking Bad has won seven total Primetime Emmy Awards. These three shows have propelled AMC into one of the most watched cable networks.
What I do not understand, for the life of me, is how they continue to place mediocre television shows to follow these three great shows. The only show that does decent after one of the big three on AMC is The Talking Dead. The Talking Dead is a talk show that precedes every new Walking Dead episode that has famous fans or writers of the show come on and discuss the events that happened in the previous episode. The Pitch, which comes after Mad Men, is a show about ad executives who pitch their ideas to various companies and compete for the business. According to TVbytheNumbers, the show has never had an audience larger than 0.52 million people. I understand why AMC supports shows like these. However, what I don’t get is why they approve a show about a private security company set in a rural Georgia city. Small Town Security, which comes after Breaking Bad, has never held an audience higher than 1.02 million people. Pete Vonder Haar, a columnist for the Houston Press, says the show, “Feels like something the North Korean government broadcasts to sap its citizens’ will to live.” I have never wasted my time watching Small Town Security. I feel like I would rather watch an episode of the Real Housewives of whatever city than this show. Now, AMC is coming out with a new wacky reality television show called Freakshow. Freakshow follows a family business that operates the Venice Beach Freakshow. This is another show that feels like it belongs on TLC leading into Honey Boo Boo.
Overall, I am not against these programs, Small Town Security and Freakshow, I just don’t think they belong on AMC. They have three great shows and lousy shows following them. If they had decent shows then maybe I would not change the channel immediately following, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, or Breaking Bad. Do you or anyone you know watch Small Town Security, The Talking Dead, or The Pitch? Am I just overreacting, should I give them a chance? I just don’t get it.
Pete Vonder Haar’s Review of Small Town Security
Entertainment Weekly article on The Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere