What to Expect on AMC+ NZ

Here’s a comprehensive AMC+ guide to what NZ’s newest streaming service will offer:

Tales of the Walking Dead – A new AMC Studios-produced series in the expanding universe around The Walking Dead franchise. Tales of the Walking Dead is an episodic anthology series with one-hour standalone episodes focused on both new and established characters set in the world of the original series, the most successful in the history of US cable television. The series stars Anthony Edwards (Inventing Anna), Parker Posey (Lost in Space), Samantha Morton (The Walking Dead) and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), among many others. Collider called the new series “genuinely unexpected and inventive.” Series premiere available at launch with new episodes each Thursday until 27 Oct. View Trailer

Firebite – An AMC+ Original series offering a high-octane, highly original spin on the vampire genre that follows two Indigenous Australian vampire hunters, Tyson (Rob Collins, Extraction) and Shanika (new Indigenous Australian star Shantae Barnes-Cowan) on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the South Australian desert. The series is created and written by Australia’s celebrated Indigenous auteur voice, Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah),who also directs along with Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards) and Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man). The series also stars Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) and Callan Mulvey (Avengers: End Game) in leading roles. The Guardian said the series “reinvents the vampire genre for the Australian outback.” Full series available now. View Trailer  

Moonhaven – An AMC+ Original series that centres on Bella Sway (Emma McDonald, Queens of Mystery), a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler who finds herself accused of a crime and marooned on Moonhaven, a utopian community set on a 500 square mile Garden of Eden built on the Moon to find solutions to the problems that will soon end civilization on Mother Earth.  A skeptic in Paradise, Bella is sucked into a conspiracy to gain control of the artificial intelligence responsible for Moonhaven’s miracles and teams with a local detective to stop the forces that want to destroy Earth’s last hope before they are destroyed themselves. The suspense thriller is from creator/showrunner Peter Ocko (Lodge 49) and stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood). Variety said the show has a “tight, brisk narrative that lends each of the six episodes an electrifying cliffhanger.” Full series available now.View Trailer 

Dark Winds – Based on the iconic Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, AMC+ Original series Dark Winds is a psychological thriller that follows two Navajo police officers in the 1970s Southwest, as their search for clues in a grisly double murder case forces them to challenge their own spiritual beliefs and come to terms with the trauma of their pasts. Executive produced by Emmy®-winner George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Oscar®-winner Robert Redford, the series is created and executive produced by Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) and stars Zahn McClarnon (The Son), who is also an executive producer, and Kiowa Gordon (The Red Road). Vince Calandra (Castle Rock) is showrunner and executive producer, and Chris Eyre is director and executive producer. Rolling Stone said the series “looks and feels like no other crime story on television.” Full series available now. View Trailer

That Dirty Black Bag – A raw, epic and romantic eight-part AMC+ Original series about the dark side of the Far West, That Dirty Black Bag features an ensemble cast led by Dominic Cooper (Preacher) and Douglas Booth (The Dirt). Paying homage to the classic spaghetti western, the story follows the eight-day clash between Arthur McCoy (Cooper), an incorruptible sheriff with a troubled past, and Red Bill (Booth), an infamous, solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag, because, as he puts it: “heads weigh less than bodies.” The Wall Street Journal called the series “both entertaining and intriguing.” Full series available now. View Trailer

61st Street – An AMC+ Original series, 61st Street is a propulsive thriller coursing through the dark heart of the infamous Chicago criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. The series stars Emmy® Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country), Emmy® Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us), Mark O’Brien (City on a Hill), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter), Tosin Cole (Doctor Who), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor) and Bentley Green (Snowfall). The Chicago Sun-Times said the drama is an “expertly crafted production with docudrama-style cinematography.” Full series available now. View Trailer

Kin – In this AMC+ Original series, after a boy is killed, his family embarks on a gangland war with an international cartel –a war that is impossible to win. It’s David and Goliath. Out-numbered, out-financed and out-gunned, the Kinsellas find themselves holed up in their Dublin stronghold while their businesses fail and family members and associates are picked off. But they have something the cartel does not: the unbreakable bonds of blood and family.Kin is a world where gangsters are treated like reality stars, with nicknames and celebrity status, where assassins dress up as women, and drug dealers keep exotic pets in their den. A world of drugs and guns and murder and loyalty and family and men…and a woman. The stellar cast includes Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), Clare Dunne (Herself), Aidan Gillen (The Wire) and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones). Forbes called the series a “uniquely gripping and emotional crime drama.” Full series available now. View Trailer

The Beast Must Die – After learning the police investigation into the fatal hit and run of her young son Martie has been dropped, Frances Cairnes (Cush Jumbo, The Good Wife) takes matters into her own hands in this AMC+ Original series. Posing as a novelist researching a new murder-mystery, Frances ingratiates herself with the family of George Rattery (Jared Harris, Mad Men), the man she suspects is responsible, and sets a plan in action to kill him.  She’s tracked by detective Nigel Strangeways (Billy Howle,The Serpent), who has reason to believe his department covered up George’s involvement in the incident. Suffering from PTSD following the recent death of his partner, Strangeways throws himself into pursuing justice for Martie. But when he discovers an “undercover” Frances living with George and his family, he finds himself working to both prove George’s guilt and head off Frances’s plans for revenge before anyone else dies. IndieWire said the series is “an intense and reflective tale of grief, vengeance and privilege.”  Full series available now. View Trailer

Cold Courage – Based on the award-winning novels from Finnish journalist Pekka Hiltunen, Cold Courage follows two Nordic women – Mari (Pihla Viitala, Deadwind), a fierce psychologist fighting for the underdog by any means necessary and Lia (Sofia Pekkari, Wallander), a shy graphic artist on the run from an abusive stalker – as they collide during a series of murders in present-day London. Drawn together through a clandestine group called the “Studio,” they seek to right the wrongs of the powerful, influential and corrupt – starting with the dangerous, charismatic politician Arthur Fried (John Simm, Doctor Who), campaigning to put the ‘Great’ back into Great Britain. The New York Post said the series has “action, tension and an air of mystery providing the key ingredients needed to season this dependable thriller.” Full series available now.

Anna – This AMC+ Original Limited Series tells the dystopian story of a world ravaged by a virus which kills adults but spares children, written and directed by Niccolò Ammaniti (who authored the critically-acclaimed and best-selling novel of the same name). Set on the island of Sicily, the crumbling hulks of shopping malls and abandoned cities pierce deserted wide-open spaces in a world reclaimed by nature and run by savage communities of survivors, most of whom are children. Anna (played by newcomer Giulia Dragotto) only has one guide: a book left by her mother with instructions on how to survive. But, with each passing day she discovers that the old rules no longer apply and instead has to devise new ones as she goes along in this Italian language drama that Wired called “a shocking and visionary series.” Full series available now. 

Pantheon – An AMC+ Original animated series based on a collection of short stories from Ken Liu. Pantheon focuses on Maddie (Katie Chang), a bullied teen who receives mysterious help from someone online. The stranger is soon revealed to be her recently deceased father, David (Daniel Dae Kim), whose consciousness has been uploaded to the ‘Cloud’ following an experimental destructive brain scan. David is the first of a new kind of being: an “Uploaded Intelligence” or “UI,” but he will not be the last, as a global conspiracy unfolds that threatens to trigger a new kind of world war. Additional cast includes William Hurt (Black Widow), Maude Apatow (Euphoria), Corey Stoll (Billions), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black). Time Magazine called it a “gripping, cerebral, remarkably high-concept animated sci-fi series.” First half of Season 1 available at launch with new episodes premiering each Thursday until 13 Oct. View Trailer

True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here New York Times Best-Selling Author and actress Hilarie Burton Morgan (The Walking Dead) visits different small US towns to shine light on the ways crime impacts rural communities and their judicial systems. Too often the heartbreaking events in these towns are overlooked because they lack the media platforms and advocacy resources found in larger cities. In each episode, Hilarie hears the facts of the case from family members and local insiders to understand the challenges the community faced investigating the crime, learns the lasting impact the crime has had on the fabric of the town, and calls attention to where justice currently stands. First half of Season 1 available at launch with new episodes premiering each Thursday until 13 Oct.

Selection of upcoming premieres to be available for the first time in New Zealand on AMC+

Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire – Based on Anne Rice’s iconic, bestselling novel, Interview with the Vampire is an AMC+ Original series that follows Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson, Game of Thrones), Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid, Belle) and Claudia (Bailey Bass, Avatar: The Way of Water) in an epic story of love, blood and the perils of immortality, as told to journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian, Talk Radio).  Chafing at the limitations of life as a Black man in 1900s New Orleans, Louis finds it impossible to resist the rakish Lestat’s offer of the ultimate escape: joining him as his vampire companion. But Louis’ intoxicating new powers come with a violent price, and the introduction of Lestat’s newest fledgling, the child vampire Claudia, soon sets them on a decades-long path of revenge and atonement. Executive produced by award winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad), creator and showrunner Rolin Jones (Perry Mason), along with Christopher Rice and the late Anne Rice, the series’ first season consists of seven episodes. Debuts 2 October simultaneously with the US premiere with new episodes streaming each Sunday. View Trailer 

Documentary Now! – Created, written and executive produced by the powerhouse comedic trio and Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, the Emmy® Award-nominated series parodies some of the world’s best-known documentaries. Starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking and honours some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.  The critically acclaimed series also stars Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) and guest stars a wide array of well-known celebrities, including Jack Black (Tenacious D), John Slattery (Mad Men), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and many others. The upcoming season guest stars Alexander Skarsgård (The Northman), Cate Blanchett (Carol), and Trystan Gravelle (Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power). Seasons 1-3 available at launch with Season 4 (aka Season 53) premiering on 19 October with new episodes each Wednesday. View Trailer 

Sherman’s Showcase – Created by and starring Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, this Emmy® Award-winning show features witty sketches, cultural nostalgia and original songs that earned the series a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A-list guest stars include John Legend, Tiffany Haddish, Common, Quincy Jones, Marlon Wayans and many more. The Washington Post called the show “consistently funny.” Season 1 available at launch with Season 2 premiering 26 Oct. View Trailer

True Crime Story: Indefensible Academy Award® nominee Jena Friedman travels the US to unspool real cases on the ground, but unlike most true crime shows, this one doesn’t end when the criminal gets locked up. Jena finds there’s always more to the story and drives to a different outcome beyond the simple whodunnit. Using her unflinching comedic point of view and disarming interview skills, Jena uncovers the “why” and “how,” not only of crimes themselves but of the dysfunction within the criminal justice system. First half of Season 1 available at launch with new episodes premiering 27 Oct. 

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches – The second series in the expanding Anne Rice universe, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches will follow Interview with the Vampire exclusively on AMC+. Based on the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy, the first season of eight episodes will be produced by AMC Studios. The series will focus on an intuitive young neurosurgeon (Alexandra Daddario, The White Lotus) who discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. As she grapples with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations. Esta Spalding (Masters of Sex) and Michelle Ashford (John Adams) are both executive producers and writers of the series, with Spalding also serving as showrunner.  Premieres in 2023. 

The Walking Dead: Dead City – A new AMC+ Original series set in The Walking Dead Universe, starring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The Walking Dead: Dead City follows the popular Maggie and Negan characters traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror. The first season will consist of six episodes. Eli Jorné, who has been a writer and co-executive producer on The Walking Deadfor multiple seasons and has an overall deal with AMC Studios, will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series, which is overseen by Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead Universe. Cohan and Morgan will also serve as executive producers. Premieres in 2023.

Untitled The Walking Dead Universe Series – Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira will reunite for a new series in the expanding universe around The Walking Dead. The series will continue the journey and love story of the Rick Grimes and Michonne characters. Lincoln and Gurira have been actively involved in conceiving the creative and the continuation of their characters’ story. Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead Universe, will serve as showrunner on the series, which will begin with six episodes. Lincoln and Gurira are both executive producers. The series will present an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Premieres in 2023.

AMC+ also features a wide selection of critically acclaimed, award-winning scripted and unscripted series includingMad Men, Halt and Catch Fire, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Hell on Wheels, The Son, The Red Road, Copper, Manhattan, Magic City, The Restaurant, Dreamers, This Close, Dietland, Portlandia, Brockmire, Ultra City Smiths, The Making of the Mob, Ride with Norman Reedus and a curated selection of critically acclaimed independent movies and documentaries from IFC Films.

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16 Responses to “What to Expect on AMC+ NZ”

  1. What your favourite show on AMC+, Philip? I’m not sure but Dark Winds looks awesome ?

  2. Hard to say at this stage, Trevor, but Dark Winds is among the most promising. I lost interest in The Walking Dead after S3 but would be willing to see if AMC+ can reinvigorate the franchise with its spin-offs. Similarly, will be curious to find out if AMC+ can pull off a decent adaptation of Interview With the Vampire. Otherwise, looking forward to 61st Street, That Dirty Black Bag, Kin and Moonhaven. Also can’t wait to catch up with Manhattan and TURN: Washington Spies, an entertaining Revolutionary War drama (Sky had the rights but only for downloading in SD so I caught the first two of four seasons in HD on US Netflix before the region coding defeated me).

  3. I didn’t realise there were so many Walking Dead shows being planned. Exciting ?

  4. I’ve seen Moonhaven but nothing else there to make me sub.

  5. Dark Winds is brilliant, it’s definitely my favourite show and Documentary Now is hilarious ?

  6. Having been on AMC+ for a few days I think I’m in love. The variety of different shows is awesome and interesting or just plain hilarious. I really love AMC+ it’s the best streaming service in the word, in my opinion. It’s amazing to think only 6 countries in the world so far have got it ?

  7. I have watched the 2 episodes of Tales of The Walking Dead so I’m ready for episode 3. I actually loved them especially episode 2. I wonder if the new characters will turn up in other episodes or shows ?

  8. Have you got a verdict for AMC+ Philip? You may have noticed I really love it but I do find their schedule puzzling like having 2 episodes in one week for a show but only 2 episodes for Tales of the Walking Dead, what happened to the September episodes ?

  9. I’m afraid I haven’t had the opportunity to properly explore the site, Trevor, but have been enjoying your feedback. The next four episodes will roll out weekly, which seems a daft strategy for a series that’s already completed its US run. Sometimes Disney+ adopts the same approach, holding back a series until after its US run. But instead of dropping every episode at once to binge, drip-feeds as if the series was being fast-tracked.

  10. Do you think they will add The Walking Dead as well? I know Neon and TVNZ have got it at the moment but once they have finished it AMC+ would be perfect ? They have an interesting show on there with the first 2 episodes of The Walking Dead with Jim something, it’s well worth watching ?

  11. I would think it inevitable, Trevor. The media release talks about AMC+ being the home of the next-gen Walking Dead spin-offs but I’m sure the original and Fear the Walking Dead will wind up on the service to complete the universe — and probably sooner rather than later given TWD begins its final season tonight on TVNZ 2.

  12. I notice TVNZ have only got season 11 so yes, it’s definitely only a matter of when. I may even rewatch them ?

  13. I see on Neon they have only got season 10 of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead is leaving soon so I wonder where it’s going ?

  14. There is a banner on the AMC+ NZ Site saying The Walking Dead is coming a week from 3rd November. Has anyone tested the app – is it HD? 4K? 5.1 audio? It says it also works with Apple TV+ channels – but I can’t see it listed in NZ yet? @Philip – any chance you can ask AMC+ why it says you can sign up via Apple TV channels, but it’s not showing? Thanks.

  15. Thanks for the update, Sam. It definitely won’t be in 4K – AMC+ is limited to HD resolution. Previously AMC+ told me the app was available on Apple and Android TV devices, with additional launches on smart TVs to be announced in the coming months. But will double-check with NZ publicist re your Apple TV issue. In the meantime, has anyone else experienced this?

  16. YAY, that’s wonderful news about The Walking Dead. Hope we get more seasons soon of Fear the Walking Dead as I’m on season 2 now ?

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