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Having found acclaim and a viewership with scripted dramas, US network AMC will now take the plunge into comedy. Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, X-Files creator Chris Carter, and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan are listed as currently developing shows for the rising network.
Variety reports the network’s “Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project” will “[pull] back the curtains on the pro-wrestling world as [Corgan] takes over creative direction for the independent wrestling company Resistance Pro.” Corgan is listed as executive producer alongside Left/Right, LLC.
Corgan has been vocal about his love of professional wrestling in interviews over the years, with rumours circulating back in November that the frontman was in talks to purchase TNA Wrestling, the main competitor to industry leader WWE, founded by former WWE stars Jeff and Jerry Jarrett.
Meanwhile, AMC will oversee the production of its first comedy pilot with Sober Buddies, from writers/executive producers Danny Comden (Pretty Persusasion) and Barry Schwartz, to be executive produced by Rogen and frequent collaborators Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.
Rogen and Goldberg are also working with AMC on an adaptation of the comic book Preacher, with involvement from Breaking Bad producer Sam Caitlin. Meanwhile, Carter is developing a drama series which he will write and produce, a conspiracy thriller exploring the mysterious Area 51.
Smith, the star of the channel’s popular Comic Book Men, will launch another series, based on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Ralph Garman. The show, currently in its pilot stage, will be a late-night series. Comic Book Men is also set to get a spinoff starring cast member Robert Bruce.
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