Supplementing its roster of critically acclaimed scripted series, AMC continues to expand its portfolio of reality programming, greenlighting a new show and renewing its other unscripted efforts.
Renewing its original forays into the genre, AMC has ordered new seasons for The Walking Dead's companion show Talking Dead, ad agency competition The Pitch, and Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men. The network also has two new reality shows scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2013, Venice Beach Freakshow and an untitled taxidermy series.
For second-quarter 2013, AMC has renewed Small Town Security, which follows a small, family-run security and private investigation company located in rural Ringgold, Georgia. (Uh oh, does anyone smell a crossover with TLC's ratings dynamo Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?) Furthering the emphasis on small-town America, Small Town Security will be paired with AMC's newest unscripted entry Road Show, set in the world of local talent shows. The network's description of the new series is as follows:
"Road Show" gets into the heart of America's obsession with performing and becoming a star under the notion that every town has a story and every town has a star. The series centers on small town talent shows, and the comedy that ensues when a little bit of Hollywood shows up to give people who have long submerged their artistic dreams of becoming a star a chance to be the big fish in the little pond of their hometown. Each episode the series holds "open call auditions," welcoming everyone from singers and dancers to comedy acts and jugglers. "Road Show's" director and choreographer, who are the series' two mentors, then select four finalists to participate in a talent show held at a local venue. The audience gets to know the finalists and their back-stories as they are coached over multiple days by these mentors. The goal is to bring out the best of their abilities in preparing them for their performance at a "Big Show" in front of a local audience who will select the winner. "Road Show" has been greenlit for 8, one-hour episodes.
What do you think of AMC's contributions to the reality genre? Does Road Show sound like something you would watch?