From cops to vampires, from “Killing Eve” (shown here) to “Walking Dead,” the AMC networks seem to have some busy months ahead.
An overview of the networks is also here. Now let’s round up what’s coming on the cable and streaming networks. Most of the shows debut on AMC+ (that’s the date included here) and reach other spots a week later:
— AMC is ready for the mid-section of its final “Walking Dead” season. That starts on Super Bowl Sunday on AMC+, then moves to cable a week later.
Its spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead,” returns April 10. The next night, “Better Call Saul” starts its sixth and final season; that’s two years after the fifth season ended, a delay caused by both Covid and star Bob Odenkirk’s heart attack,
There’s more, with the “Dark Winds” mini-series, centering on Navajo tribal police, this summer. Later this year are adaptations of Anne Rice novels – “Interview of the Vampire” and “Mayfair Witches.”
— BBC America has its fourth and final season of the acclaimed “Killing Eve” (Feb. 27). Also, there are two more “Doctor Who” movies – this spring and fall – starring Jodie Whitaker, before The Doctor changes yet again.
— Sundance has just started one of cable’s breeziest ventures. Rippling with wit and poignancy, “State of the Union” has ten 10-minute episodes (10 p.m., Feb. 14-18 and 21-25), with a married couple waiting to talk to a counselor.
— Sundance Now, its streaming network, has more. “Wisting” (March 31) is the second season of a Norwegian crime tale. “Ten Percent,” adapting a French series, is filled with clever moments among the schemes and maneuvers in a London talent agency.
— IFC is finally returning to the sort of droll satire it does well. “Portlandia” ended four years ago and “Documentary Now” hasn’t had a new episode in three years. Now, however, the latter – created by Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen – will be back sometime this year, with six mock-documentaries, ranging from a hair salon to a take-off on “My Octopus Teacher.” Also, IFC has the Independent Spirit Awards, at 5 p.m. ET March 6.
–ACORN is at its best when importing (and, often, co-producing) light mysteries. “The Chelsea Detective” arrives March 7, with movie-length stories. “Harry Wild” (April 4) has Jane Seymour solving crimes with a young lad she caught stealing. “Hidden Assets” (April 18) is an Irish series uncovering an elaborate plot. And coming this summer is the South African “Recipes for Love and Murder.”
–ALLBLK has Black-themed shows, including some originals. “Millennials” (starting its second season March 17) has four roommates in their 20s. The network will also share the bigger-budget “61st Street,” a police-corruption drama that stars Emmy-winner Courtney Vance and current Oscar-nominee Aunjanue Ellis. That starts April 10 on ALLBLK and AMC+, then adds AMC a week later.
— AMC+ shares shows with the other channels, but also has a few series of its own. “That Dirty Black Bag” (March 10) is a stylish western, in the mood of Sergio Leone’s Clint Eastwood films, with sweeping visuals and stark violence. And in May is a six-episode reboot of the spy tale “The Ipcress File.” John Hodge takes the Michael Caine role, with Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander in support.
— Shudder has modest-budgeted horror films, all shared with AMC+. They include “Hellbender on Feb. 24, “The Seed” (billed as a horror comedy) on March 10 and “Night’s End” on March 31. Also coming are two documentary series: A second season of “Cursed Films” starts April 7, looking at movies – from “Rosemary’s Baby” to “The Wizard of Oz” – that some people consider cursed. And “Queer for Fear,” this summer, has the LGBT community commenting, favorably and not, on horror-film history.