AMC lines up wrestling, bowling, Hollywood set-making

Celebrity bowlers, Hollywood set-makers and former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan are among the characters featured in three new unscripted series from AMC. (Pictured: Corgan's Resistance Pro wrestling league)
May 16, 2014

Celebrity bowlers, Hollywood set-makers and former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan are among the characters featured in three forthcoming unscripted series from U.S. network AMC.

The 8 x 30-minute series All-Star Celebrity Bowling is a game show in which two celebrity casts face-off in a bowling match for charity. The High Noon Productions-made talk/game show is hosted by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, and the pilot features Mad Men actors, including Jon Hamm, playing against Chris Hardwick and his Nerdist podcast team.

Meanwhile, Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan stars in 8 x 60-minute docuseries Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project, which follows the musician in his latest undertaking as creative director of Chicago-based wrestling league Resistance Pro (pictured above). In the series, produced by Left/Right, Corgan will take audiences behind-the-scenes of the outfit, revealing everything from fight choreography to interpersonal conflicts between the wrestlers. 

Finally, 6 x 30-minute series Visionaries (working title) – also produced by  Left/Right – explores the lives of Vision Scenery employees as they design and construct Hollywood sets, props and models for commercials, TV, film and other productions.

“These three new series represent AMC’s continuing push to find truly original ideas and explore fascinating worlds,” said Eliot Goldberg, AMC’s senior VP of unscripted programming, in a statement.

“We are thrilled to continue our incredible partnership with Chris Hardwick, host of our most successful unscripted series Talking Dead and with Left/Right, one of the most innovative producers in the business.”

The network’s most recent unscripted series Game of Arms just wrapped its debut season, while AMC’s next series 4th and Loud - on the LA KISS arena football league team – will premiere in August.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.