Despite shooting season 2, AMC is no longer moving forward with 61st Street and the network no longer plans to air it.
61st Street is one of the few shows affected by the cost cutting measures announced by AMC in December 2022. Moonhaven and Invitation to a Bonfire — which shot 4 episodes of its first season — were also canceled.
The cutbacks are a part of a “strategic programming assessments.” AMC said it would make write-downs on its inventory of content up to $475 million; $400 million would go toward the programming assessments and $75 million for “organizational restructuring costs, per an SEC filing.
However that came right after AMC Networks CEO Christina Spade abruptly departed the company after less than three months in the role. James L. Dolan was then named interim executive chairman by the board of directors shortly thereafter. Dolan is slated to remain in his new role until March 6, 2023 or until the board finds a new CEO, whichever comes first.
However, it is possible the scrapped shows could find life on other platforms, as AMC stated in the SEC filing “The Company may realize some future licensing and other revenue associated with some of the owned titles.”
61st Street was originally picked up at AMC as a two-season event series in 2019. The first season aired in April 2022. The series starred Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney B. Vance, Tosin Cole, Bentley Green, Holt McCallany, Killian Scott, and Andrene Ward-Hammond.
It was created by Peter Moffat and boasted Michael B. Jordan among its executive producers. Courtney B. Vance starred in and executive produced the series, with the cast also including Tosin Cole and Aunjanue Ellis.
The series followed Moses Johnson (Cole), 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 cops and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong.