The stylish, darkly comic espionage thriller Killing Eve was an entry on many TV critics’ 10-best lists in 2018 and brought a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination to its star, Sandra Oh.
But can it be a TV drama game-changer on the scale of Breaking Bad, Mad Men or even the megahit zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead?
AMC Networks will find out April 7 when it begins airing the second season of Killing Eve across two of its channels: BBC America and the more widely viewed flagship, AMC.
“It’s a great opportunity to expose more people to Killing Eve,” AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll said in a recent interview at the company’s New York office. “These times demand trying some nonconventional methods. And if you have a platform as big and broad as AMC, then it seems like a good thing to try.”
The unusual attempt to elevate Killing Eve from a niche network favourite to a mass audience hit comes at critical time for AMC and other cable networks that are having to work harder than ever to get viewers’ attention amid a tsunami of programming choices.