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AMC Cancels ’61st Street,’ Won’t Air Already-Shot Season 2 Episodes

AMC is cutting ties with two of its shows, including Season 2 of “61st Street” and its series adaptation of “Initiation to a Bonfire.”

Despite Season 2 of “61st Street” having already been shot, AMC has decided it won’t be moving forward with the drama, which features star Courtney B. Vance, and tells the story of a young Black youth who entangled in the Chicago criminal justice system. Included in AMC’s latest TV disposal is “Invitation to a Bonfire,” a series adapted from the novel by Adrienne Celt.

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The network notes that its decision is related to an attempt to cut back on costs, which AMC announced back in December 2022 as 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.

“61st Street,” a production from Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society was greenlit under AMC’s new “script-to-series” development model. The series was written by Peter Moffett (“Criminal Justice”).

“Invitation to a Bonfire,” a psychological thriller was led by actress Tatiana Maslany who also executive produced the series. AMC also rolled back its decision to move forward with the second season of “Moonhaven.”