AMC announced today that Sunday, July 25th will mark the highly-anticipated return of television’s best drama, AMC’s “Mad Men.” Airing Sunday nights at 10 PM (ET/PT), the award-winning series returns to the network for its fourth season. On Sunday, August 1, AMC will debut its newest original series “Rubicon,” starring James Badge Dale (“The Pacific”), with its first two episodes airing back-to-back, from 8PM-10PM (ET/PT), followed by “Mad Men” at 10 PM. Following its debut, “Rubicon” will move to its regular timeslot, airing Sundays at 9 PM (ET/PT).
“Sunday nights are where you find the best of premium television so it should be no surprise that AMC — the home of premium television on basic cable — is stacking our original dramas there as well,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. “We welcome back ‘Mad Men’ and look forward to introducing ‘Rubicon’ all on Sunday nights this summer.”
AMC’s “Mad Men” made history in 2008 and 2009 as the only cable series to win back-to-back Outstanding Drama Emmy(R) Awards and the only series to win the Golden Globe(R) for Best Drama for three consecutive years. It burst onto the scene when it debuted on AMC in July 2007 and continues to be one of the most talked about shows on television. Created by Emmy and Globe-winner Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. The award-winning ensemble cast includes: Golden Globe-winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Rich Sommer, and Aaron Staton, and guest stars legendary stage and screen actor Robert Morse. The series is produced by Lionsgate.
“Rubicon” is a conspiracy thriller set in a NYC-based government intelligence agency, API, where nothing is what it seems. The series focuses on a beleaguered analyst, Will Travers, who, faced with a shocking tragedy, begins to uncover clues that point to a complex and sinister conspiracy. The show’s cast includes James Badge Dale (“The Pacific”), Dallas Roberts (Walk the Line, Flicka, “The L Word”), Jessica Collins (“The Nine,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Christopher Evan Welch (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Lauren Hodges (“Law & Order”) with Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Natural Born Killers, The Sandlot) and Oscar(R)-nominated actress Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow). Henry Bromell (“Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Chicago Hope,” “Brotherhood”) is the series showrunner and it is produced by Warner Horizon Television.
AMC reigns as the only network to ever win the Golden Globe(R) Award for Best Television Series – Drama three years in a row and the only basic cable network to win back-to-back Primetime Emmy(R) Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade from the most comprehensive library or creating acclaimed original productions, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include the Emmy(R) Award-winning dramas “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” and insightful non-scripted programming such as “AMC News.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 95 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel platform assets. Lionsgate currently has nearly 20 shows on 10 different networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as “Mad Men,” “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie” along with new series such as “Blue Mountain State” and the syndication successes “Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne,” its spinoff “Meet The Browns” and “The Wendy Williams Show.” Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
About Warner Horizon Television
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s fastest-growing television companies, specializing in the creation of scripted series for the cable marketplace, and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV is producing more than a dozen series for broadcast and cable networks in 2009-2010.