AMC has canceled my favorite new show in quite a while, Rubicon. But, here’s the thing - you should follow this link and buy it in iTunes anyway. It’s 13 solid episodes about interesting characters, that actually tells an interesting story arc. It doesn’t resolve everything at the end, but it resolves enough to feel relatively complete.
I was seriously bummed about AMC not picking up Rubicon for a second season. I liked that there was a show about terrorism and spies that didn’t involve Kiefer Sutherland managing to single handedly save the world, while computer nerds constantly ‘released information to other people’s screens’ ( WTF does that even MEAN?? ), all while driving back and forth across major metropolises in four minutes and never once in 24 hours eating or taking a shit. It was smart. It was about building tension and never really releasing it. It never, ever talked down at the audience. A hard sell to the American audience.
But then I got to thinking. What if AMC started a new model of American television, closer to the way a lot of UK shows work. Give a brilliant team a finite 13 episodes ( 10 hours with commercials ) to tell one story. And that’s it. It’s not a new concept, actually. We used to have mini-series, like ‘V’ and ‘North & South’. THey were events, saved up for sweeps where they would play out over five nights, two hours a night. But rather than making it an ‘event’ ( Not ‘The Event’ - we are talking about GOOD television here ) just make one good season of TV.
AMC makes many of my favorite shows - and all of it’s shows are among my favorites. I would love to see them make more, even if it means making only one season.