AMC Backs Out of Billy Corgan's Reality TV Series
November 3, 2014 by Mike McNamara
In less-than-smashing news, AMC has backed out of the Resistance Pro Wrestling reality TV series, which was being co-executive produced by famed Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Chicagoan Billy Corgan. Earlier this year, SCREEN reported that AMC had signed on to produce the eight-episode reality series centering on the Chicago-based wrestling league Resistance Pro, for which Corgan is creative director. Filming for the series was in full swing in the Chicagoland area when this unfortunate news was received.
Why did AMC back out? Variety is reporting the decision was based on AMC simply wanting to cut back on its diet of unscripted shows, and put more focus and resources into the scripted series on the network. The only unscripted series surviving the cut are Kevin Smith’s COMIC BOOK MEN and TALKING DEAD, which is an aftershow for their scripted series WALKING DEAD anyway.
But all is not lost! From what I've heard, four of the eight episodes had already been filmed when production was halted so AMC is allowing producers to shop the Resistance Pro series to other networks or streaming services. Producers are currently pitching the series to other networks and hope to find a new home in the near future and get back to filming in early 2015. As always, I'll keep you posted!
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.