61st Street dropped by AMC as part of cost cutting measures

Tosin Cole

Sadly, we can confirm that 61st Street is looking for a new home. 

The series was originally ordered as part of a two-season pickup. Seasons 1 and 2 were filmed simultaneously in Chicago in 2021. Season 1 aired last spring, however, Season 2 has been dropped from AMC’s slate.

In a report by Variety: “The decisions were made as part of cost cutting measures announced by AMC in December 2022, in which the company stated it would take write-downs for up to $475 million. That figure included $400 million for “strategic programming assessments” and $75 million for “organizational restructuring costs,” per an SEC filing.”

The two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system.  

Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong. Timely and provocative, 61st Street is set against the systemic abuse happening in some of our country’s most vulnerable communities.

Executive producer is Michael B Jordan (Black Panther.) Writer/executive Producer Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice.) The UPM/Co-Producer is Chicago’s Carrie Holt de Lama (Echo Boomers, Tiny Pretty Things, Lovecraft Country.) Courtney B. Vance starred in and executive produced the series, with the cast also including Tosin Cole and Aunjanue Ellis.

It is likely that the show is looking for another network to air the Season 2 conclusion, although no official news on its future has been announced.

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