or


[03/24/20 - 11:35 AM]
AMC Greenlights Anthology Series "National Anthem" Created by Writer/Director Scott Z. Burns and Executive Produced by Oscar(R) and Emmy(R)-Winner Mark Johnson
"National Anthem" is the tragically funny story of a middle class midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society; periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves.

[via press release from AMC]

AMC GREENLIGHTS ANTHOLOGY SERIES "NATIONAL ANTHEM" CREATED BY WRITER/DIRECTOR SCOTT Z. BURNS AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY OSCAR(R) AND EMMY(R)-WINNER MARK JOHNSON

Musical Dramedy is the First Project Under Johnson's Multi-Year Overall with AMC Studios

Golden Globe(R) Oscar(R) and Grammy(R)-Winner T Bone Burnett on Board as Music Producer with Words and Music by The Hold Steady Frontman Craig Finn

New York, NY - March 24, 2020 - AMC announced today that it has greenlit National Anthem, an 8-episode anthology series created by writer/director Scott Z. Burns (The Report, Contagion) and executive produced by Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winner Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Rectify, Rain Man, The Natural, Bugsy). The musical dramedy is the first series greenlit under Johnson's multi-year overall deal with AMC Studios, through which he will continue to develop new series for the company's Entertainment Group as well as projects for potential sale to other content companies. National Anthem is the tragically funny story of a middle class midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society; periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves. Award-winning musician T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart, The Hunger Games) is attached as the series' music producer with words and music by Craig Finn (The Hold Steady).

Johnson's overall deal expands his existing relationship with AMC Networks and AMC Studios. He currently serves as an executive producer on AMC's critically-acclaimed drama Better Call Saul, and previously executive produced the Peabody and Emmy(R) Award-winning drama Breaking Bad, SundanceTV's Peabody-winning Rectify, and the critically-acclaimed AMC original Halt and Catch Fire.

"National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world and our planet. Plus... it's a musical! In Scott's genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing," said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks' Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. "We're so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade."

"Craig, T Bone and I are thrilled to be working with Mark and AMC. We are so grateful for the chance to write about this moment in time and surround our characters with songs," said Burns. "Sarah and Susie and everyone at AMC should be celebrated for their vision in saying 'yes' to this."

"I still can't believe that AMC and I have been able to assemble this dream team of storytellers," said Johnson. "We are poised to create something both singular and entertaining, told with moments, dialogue and song."

Burns is a screenwriter, director, producer and playwright. Burns began his career in advertising, working on everything from beer to cars to athletic shoes. Before leaving the industry, he was part of the team that created the 'Got Milk?' campaign. His work in film includes producing the Academy Award(R) winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, as well as An Inconvenient Sequel and Sea of Shadows. Burns' writing credits include The Bourne Ultimatum for Paul Greengrass, as well as The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects and The Laundromat for director Steven Soderbergh. As a director, Burns' credits include PU-239 starring Oscar Isaac and Paddy Considine and the Golden Globe(R) nominated film The Report starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm, which received the Cinema for Peace Award for Best Political Film of 2019. Burns also directed the digital series The View From Here, a collection of documentary shorts on the terminally ill. On stage, Burns' play The Library, which deals with a high school shooting, was produced at The Public Theater and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play.

Johnson is both an Oscar(R) (Rain Man) and an Emmy(R) (Breaking Bad) winner who has produced over forty films and television shows, including Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Halt and Catch Fire and SundanceTV's Rectify. Johnson produced all of the writer-director Barry Levinson's films from 1982-1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes Good Morning, Vietnam, The Natural, Tin Men, Avalon, Diner and Bugsy, nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including "Best Picture" and "Best Director." Earlier this year he completed El Camino directed by Vince Gilligan. He is currently producing Fever Dream directed by Claudia Llosa in Chile and the John Lee Hancock movie The Little Things starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. Johnson is an Officer of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served for eighteen years as the Chair of the Academy's Foreign Language Film Selection Committee.

With 50-years' experience in music and entertainment, T Bone Burnett has earned an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, film and concert producer, record company owner and artists' advocate. Burnett is an Academy Award(R) winner, a Golden Globe(R) winner, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) winner, and a 13-time Grammy(R) Award winner. He's worked and collaborated with musicians across many genres including Elton John, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello, The Civil Wars, Taylor Swift, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earle and Leon Russell. Burnett's first major foray into film was his collaboration with the Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski, and has since held multiple titles for numerous films including The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Cold Mountain, The Hunger Games, Walk The Line, Inside Llewyn Davis and Crazy Heart, for which he served as one of the film's Producers. He also has multiple credits in television including as the executive music producer and composer for the HBO series True Detective, and the first season of the ABC television series, Nashville.

Craig Finn is a singer/songwriter based in New York City, perhaps best known as the singer of The Hold Steady. Finn spent the 90s leading Minneapolis indie band Lifter Puller, which released three albums and an EP. After relocating to New York, he joined with Lifter Puller member Tad Kubler to form The Hold Steady in 2003. The Hold Steady quickly achieved critical acclaim and a worldwide fanbase with their unique pairing of dense lyrical narratives with big rock guitars. The Hold Steady has released seven LPs, including Thrashing Thru the Passion in 2019. Finn released his first solo album in 2012 with three additional solo LPs put forth since 2015- Faith in the Future, We All Want The Same Things, and 2019's I Need a New War, which coalesced into a sign-of-the-times musical trilogy. Also in 2019, Finn released his first book, a collection of his lyrics titled "I Can't Keep Saying Thank You." Pitchfork has described Finn as "a born storyteller, who has chosen rock as his medium."

About AMC Networks Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on cable television for nine consecutive years, as well as Portlandia, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now, Acorn TV and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company's production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.

About AMC Studios

AMC Studios is the in-house studio, production and distribution operation for AMC Networks Inc. AMC Studios' first series, The Walking Dead, is the highest-rated series in cable history. Since then, AMC Studios has produced several critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally distinctive originals for AMC including scripted series Fear the Walking Dead; The Terror anthology, Lodge 49, NOS4A2 and the upcoming Dispatches From Elsewhere, Soulmates, 61st Street and Kevin Can F**k Himself, as well as unscripted series: Ride with Norman Reedus, James Cameron's Story Of Science Fiction, Eli Roth's History of Horror and Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America. The Studio has also produced for SundanceTV the Peabody Award-winning Rectify, original series Hap and Leonard, as well as the unscripted true crime franchise including Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders and The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park.





  [march 2020]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· NATIONAL ANTHEM (AMC)





[04/06/20 - 12:30 PM]
FOX Entertainment Renews Animated Comedy "Duncanville" for a Second Season
Season-to-date, the series averages 2.3 million multiplatform viewers and is FOX's most-streamed new comedy this season, while its premiere is FOX's most-streamed animated debut on record (7-day average).

[04/06/20 - 12:30 PM]
Meredith Corporation's People and The CW Network Team Up for a Two-Hour Primetime Special Event
"People Presents Harry & Meghan: A Royal Rebellion" airs Wednesday, April 22 on The CW Network.

[04/06/20 - 11:52 AM]
HGTV Fan-Favorite Juggernaut "House Hunters" Serves Up New Premiere Episodes Three Nights a Week at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Beginning Tuesday, April 7, House Hunters and House Hunters International, the popular series where homebuyers make purchase decisions after touring three potential houses, will premiere with new episodes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

[04/06/20 - 10:59 AM]
Cartoon Network Launches Initiative to Help Kids Stay Safe, Creative and Entertained During COVID-19 Crisis
The initiative will draw on the network's unique blend of humor and heart, with characters and stories kids know and love.

[04/06/20 - 10:41 AM]
ID Greenlights Sequel to "Tail" of Big Cats and Criminal Acts in "Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic"
ID's definitive sequel delves into the biggest mystery in true crime today, helmed by the biggest character in the world: Joe Exotic, himself.

[04/06/20 - 10:30 AM]
CBS' Freshman Series "All Rise" Returns to Production to Virtually Produce a Timely Episode That Reflects the Current State of Social Distancing for the Criminal Justice System
The new episode will air Monday, May 4 on the CBS Television Network.

[04/06/20 - 10:00 AM]
"Millionaire Live," A New Play-Along App with Cash Prizes, Now Available for Download Ahead of the Premiere of ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," Wednesday, April 8
Kay Adams will be hosting the app which offers America the chance to play in a live game beginning five minutes after the end of each episode (ET time).

[04/06/20 - 09:14 AM]
Starz Greenlights "Black Mafia Family" from Executive Producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
The series is inspired by the true story of two brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980's and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in this country.

[04/06/20 - 09:10 AM]
Global Broadcast Networks, World Health Organization (WHO), Global Citizen and Cavalcade of Stars Join Forces for "One World: Together at Home"
The show will lift viewer's spirits with exclusive, special cameos from the worlds of music and arts, sports superstars, and comedic sketches, while always drawing back to its core purpose - to educate and inform on COVID-19 risks, prevention and response.

[04/06/20 - 09:01 AM]
Global Broadcast Networks, World Health Organization (WHO), Global Citizen and a Cavalcade of Stars Join Forces for "One World: Together at Home" to Help Raise Funds and Address the Fight Against COVID-19 Set for Saturday, April 18
The two-hour program will be hosted by a trio of network late-night hosts: Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert and will include performances from the world's biggest artists with multimillion-dollar pledges to the WHO's Solidarity Response Fund.

[04/06/20 - 09:00 AM]
ViacomCBS Networks to Air "One World: Together at Home," A Global Special to Celebrate and Support Frontline Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Saturday, April 18
The ViacomCBS brands airing the special include broadcast networks CBS in the U.S., Channel 5 in the UK, Network 10 in Australia, and Telefe in Argentina; BET and MTV globally across 180+ countries; and CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1 in the U.S.

[04/06/20 - 08:14 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "American Idol" Hold Onto Demo Crown
The Alphabet is once again the network to beat among adults 18-49.

[04/06/20 - 08:04 AM]
Thrilling Action Films Available to Stream on HBO, TBS and TNT
This week, we are highlighting exciting action movies that are available to stream on HBO, TBS and TNT while staying safe at home.

[04/06/20 - 07:10 AM]
HBO Documentary "Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections" Available to Stream for Free
The timely film takes a deep dive into the weaknesses of today's election technology.

[04/06/20 - 06:31 AM]
Award-Winning Music Icon James Taylor Will Serve as the Mega Mentor on Season 18 of "The Voice"
As "The Voice" Mega Mentor, Taylor will join the coaches to mentor the artists remaining from the Battle Rounds and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin airing Monday, April 13.