AMC greenlights doc series from “Walking Dead” creator

Robert Kirkman (pictured, right) and David Alpert (left) are exec producing the six-part documentary series Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books, which will debut next year.
May 18, 2016

AMC has ordered a doc series about comic books from the creator of The Walking Dead.

Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books (working title) is being produced by Skybound Entertainment and will debut on the U.S. cable network in 2017.

Robert Kirkman (pictured, right), Skybound’s CEO and the creator of AMC’s scripted hit The Walking Dead, and his producing partner David Alpert (left) are exec producing the six-part series.

Each hour-long episode will explore the stories, characters, authors, artists and events that have shaped the history of comics.

“Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, the series takes a deep dive into the most accessible and often subversive modern popular art form,” the network said in a statement. “From origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters, Heroes and Villains will explore a wide range of topics including: pop culture, politics, race, gender and sexuality.”

Bryan and Sean Furst , co-presidents of Skybound’s film and TV division, are also exec producing. Eliot Goldberg and Kelly Nash are overseeing the series on the network side.

AMC’s unscripted slate includes the talk show Talking Dead, the upcoming travel show Ride with Norman Reedus, the Robert Redford-exec produced miniseries The American West, the docu-drama The Making of the Mob: Chicago and filmmaker Kevin Smith’s late-night talk show Geeking Out.

The network also recently renewed Smith’s reality series Comic Book Men for a 16-episode second season.

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