AMC revamps unscripted with Norman Reedus series

AMC Networks is moving forward in the unscripted arena with a motorcycle series featuring The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus (pictured), but tells realscreen it is being "opportunistic" about its nonfiction approach.
October 29, 2015

AMC has ordered a cross-country motorcycle series featuring The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus (pictured).

Tentatively titled Ride with Norman Reedus, the 6 x 60-minute series will shadow the actor as he traverses the U.S. in an attempt to celebrate motorcycle culture while paying tribute to its history.

The Left/Right Productions-made series, which is slated to premiere in 2016, will focus on Reedus as he visits custom bike shops, tattoo parlors and collector’s warehouses, showcasing a variety of motorcycles each week, from vintage bikes to cruisers. He will be joined in each episode by a new riding companion – either a fellow actor, musician, friend or local bike fanatic – and the pair will travel together to a new destination.

Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serve as executive producers.

The commission comes a year after AMC announced it would pull its resources from its unscripted productions, with the exceptions of Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men and Talking Dead, to instead focus on its stable of scripted formats, including The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul.

“We’re being opportunistic in our approach,” a spokesperson for AMC told realscreen. “Scripted is still our focus, but it’s again about being opportunistic in our nonfiction approach and looking for unscripted programs that compliment our scripted shows.”

Also joining AMC’s unscripted slate is the recently announced documentary The American West from executive producers Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn with Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. In addition, the net’s docu-drama The Making of The Mob: New York returns with a second season in 2016 with The Making of The Mob: Chicago.

“We love being the home of people’s passion projects, and there is nobody more passionate about motorcycles than Norman Reedus,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, in a statement. “He is an avid rider and aficionado who is deeply immersed in motorcycle culture.

“This show will bring those two elements together for a weekly ride into the incredible world of motorcycles and the people who live and breathe them.”

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