AMC orders taxidermy series, renews “The Pitch”

The U.S. cable network has green lit an as-yet-untitled taxidermy competition series, family drama Venice Beach Freakshow, and has renewed The Pitch (pictured) for a second season.
August 17, 2012

U.S. cable network AMC has bolstered its unscripted slate with Venice Beach Freakshow and an as-yet-untitled show about taxidermy, and ordered a second season of The Pitch (pictured).

Untitled Taxidermy Series (w/t) is an 8 x 30-minutes competition show in which contestants pulled from “rogue and classic schools of taxidermy” create an ultimate piece of taxidermy art to be judged by a panel of three judges. The show is executive produced by Go Go Luckey Entertainment (Laguna Beach) and will debut in the first quarter of 2013. Producers on the series for Go Go Luckey are Gary Auerbach, Julie Auerbach, Tina Gazzerro and Henry Capanna.

The second unscripted commission is Venice Beach Freakshow (w/t), an 8 x 30-minutes series billed a “family drama” about a former music producer who pursues his dream of operating a freakshow on California’s Venice Beach boardwalk.

The film follows Todd Ray (who also serves as EP), his wife Danielle and their two kids as they run the Venice Beach Freak Show museum. The series is executive produced by Ray from Living Wonders and Greg Johnston from Endemol USA (Big Brother), and will also premiere in the first quarter of 2013.

AMC has also renewed Studio Lambert’s unscripted series The Pitch (8 x 30-minutes) for a second season. The show chronicles executives in advertising agencies as they prepare campaigns in order to win a new account. The show premiered in April and is executive produced by Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Phil Lott, Brien Meagher and Aaron Saidman from Studio Lambert. It will premiere in the second quarter of 2013.


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