‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ and ‘McMafia’ Earn Renewals

Better Call Saul stars Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk
Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in ‘Better Call Saul’ (Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

AMC has renewed three of its dramatic shows: Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead, and McMafia. Better Call Saul earned a fifth season order prior to the debut of season four. Fear the Walking Dead also picked up a fifth season renewal order just weeks before the show returns for the second half of season four. McMafia premiered on February 26, 2018 and will return for a second season in 2019.

“In an environment where viewer choice is almost unlimited, the success of these shows is especially meaningful, with characters and stories that our viewers connect with and return to season after season,” stated David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “It’s a privilege to continue collaborating with and sharing the vision of the talented creatives behind these series, and we’re excited to start exploring the next chapter in the lives of these unique and complex characters.”

Better Call Saul will kick off its fourth season on August 6, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT. The series is executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison, and stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito.

The first half of Fear the Walking Dead found veteran characters biting the dust, opening space for stories involving new characters played by Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, and Garret Dillahunt. The Walking Dead‘s Lennie James made the leap to Fear the Walking Dead in season four after the TWD spinoff did a time jump that put its action after the events in season eight of the show that spawned it.

The Fear the Walking Dead season four cast also includes Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, and Danay Garcia. The zombie apocalypse thriller is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero.

McMafia was created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, and is inspired by the book by Misha Glenny. Season one of the global organized crime thriller starred James Norton, Juliet Rylance, David Strathairn, Faye Marsay, Aleksey Serebryakov, and Maria Shukshina.

The Better Call Saul Season 4 Plot: In Better Call Saul’s fourth season, Chuck’s death catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s (Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer – and his relationship with Kim (Seehorn) – in jeopardy. Chuck’s (Michael McKean) death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill.

Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive’s newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It’s a volatile time to be in Gus Fring’s employ, as Hector’s collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos — tearing apart both Gus and Nacho’s well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces.

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