AMC RETURNS TO THE TABLE FOR A SECOND SEASON OF UNSCRIPTED ARM-WRESTLING SERIES "GAME OF ARMS"
Series was networks highest weeknight original series premiere
NEW YORK, NY, September 11, 2014 - AMC today announced that it has ordered a second season of its unscripted arm-wrestling series, "Game of Arms," which premiered last February with 1 million viewers, delivering the network's highest weeknight original series premiere. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the series, which goes inside the raw, highly-competitive world of underground arm-wrestling. The competition series follows members of various regional arm wrestling clubs, as they hit the road each week to compete in intense matches, often sacrificing their jobs, health, and even relationships in pursuit of victory.
"With its cinematic look, raw intensity, and fascinating view of a little-known subculture, 'Game of Arms' has become a defining unscripted series for AMC." said Eliot Goldberg, AMC's senior vice president of unscripted programming. "Undertow Films delivered a visually stunning first season and we are thrilled to continue to explore these fascinating characters and rivalries in season two."
"Game of Arms" is executive produced by Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnik, Emmy(R) Award-winning producers of "Deadliest Catch," and their partner, Dan Ilani, through their shingle, Undertow Films. The project is overseen for the network by unscripted programming executives Eliot Goldberg, Marco Bresaz, and Andrea Beckerman.
Season one ratings averages, live+7, across initial 10 episodes:
Total audience, 747,000 viewers
Adults 25-54, 428,000 viewers
Adults 18-49, 450,000 viewers
The "Game of Arms" pick-up follows on the heels of the network's recently announced order for three additional unscripted series slated for 2015: "All-Star Celebrity Bowling," adapted from Chris Hardwick's hit web series features two new celebrity casts facing off each week in a fun-filled bowling match for charity; the untitled Billy Corgan wrestling docu-drama which follows Corgan in his latest undertaking as creative director of Resistance Pro, a Chicago-based wrestling league; and "Visionaries," (working title) which follows the employees of Vision Scenery as they design and construct Hollywood sets, props and models for commercials, TV, music videos, films and other productions. The network recently premiered its newest unscripted series, "4th and Loud," which airs Tuesday's at 10:00pm ET, and follows the inaugural season of the L.A. KISS Arena Football League team, featuring co-owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, of KISS fame.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and six of the last seven with the current back-to-back honoree, "Breaking Bad." The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with "The Walking Dead." AMC's original drama series include "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "Hell on Wheels," "Turn," "Halt and Catch Fire" and the forthcoming "Breaking Bad" prequel, "Better Call Saul." AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series including "Talking Dead," "Comic Book Men," "Game of Arms" and "4th and Loud." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
Undertow Films is a television production company specializing in high stakes, cinematic, character-driven storytelling in both TV and Film. The company was formed by Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnick, Emmy(R) award-winning producers of "Deadliest Catch," and their partner and former Paradigm agent, Dan Ilani. Undertow is the creative team behind shows such as History Channels' "Shark Wranglers," chronicling the dangerous science of tagging Great White sharks, "Game of Arms" for AMC, which explores the highly competitive world of American arm-wrestling, and "Airplane Repo," a series for Discovery Channel based in the high-stakes world of airplane heists.