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An Open Letter to AMC

Dear AMC,
First, let me start by saying that I really love your channel. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead and Mad Men. And while I personally don’t dig Breaking Bad, a lot of my friends do so I can respect that show. But I have to wonder just what you’re up to in some of your new series?

People keep calling you “the next HBO” and for good reason. You’ve done a great job of creating new and different shows that could only exist on cable. Some of these shows have worked like said Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead and some of which have not like Rubicon and The Killing. And even if these shows didn’t quite work, we all got the sense that you were at least taking chances and trying new things other networks wouldn’t.

But lately, lately I’ve started wondering just what you’re up to? Your latest series Freakshow, about a family of side-show performers, and Immortalized, about competitive taxidermy, are series that would be more at home on low-brow TLC airing after Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo than high-brow “the next HBO” AMC.

You really can’t have it both ways, AMC. You can’t be “the next HBO” and also air things like Freakshow and Immortalized. You have to make a choice; if you want the accolades then keep taking chances on new dramas and comedies. If you want people to mention you in the same breath as TLC, keep doing what you’re doing.