AMC has renewed its reality series The Pitch for a second season, and has greenlit two new unscripted shows, it was announced Thursday.
The network, largely known for its scripted shows like The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, first ventured into the reality genre with its unscripted series The Pitch earlier this year. The series centers on various advertising firms competing over clients such as Subway and Waste Management. The series, topically similar to AMC's Best Drama-winning Mad Men, is the network's first reality series to get a second year.
"Season one of The Pitch captured the intensity of the advertising world and provided the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the compelling and dramatic pitch process," said AMC exec Joel Stillerman. "We are so pleased to work again with Studio Lambert on the show’s return.”
The first of the two new shows is tentatively titled Venice Beach Freakshow. The series follows a former music producer named Ray as he attempts to launch a "freakshow" on the boardwalk of Venice Beach. Eight half-hour episodes have been ordered, and are currently slated to premiere early next year.
The second is a currently untitled taxidermy competition series. Sound weird? You bet. Taxidermists will be pitted against each other in various challenges that will apparently require "both the rogue and classic schools of taxidermy." If you don't know what those are, well, you're not alone. Like Venice Beach Freakshow, the series will consist of eight half-hour episodes that will kick off early next year.
The Pitch is slated to return for its second season in the second quarter of 2013, probably to run as a companion series to Mad Men, which should return for its sixth season around that time.
AMC's other scripted series, Small Town Security, is currently in the middle of its first season and has not yet been renewed or canceled.