Breaking News – AMC Networks February Highlights Include … – The Futon Critic

AMC+ FEATURES SEASON FINALE OF NEW HIT SERIES “ANNE RICE’S MAYFAIR WITCHES” ON FEBRUARY 23 ALONG WITH SERIES PREMIERE OF SUNDANCE NOW’S NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA “BLACK SNOW”
SHUDDER DEBUTS BUZZY NEW HORROR “SKINAMARINK” ON FEBRUARY 2
AMC+ Exclusive Film Premieres Continue Every Week Including Tense Thriller God’s Country Teen Horror Mystery The Friendship Game, and Indie Heist Comedy Four Samosas
New Series, Films, Specials and More Now Streaming on AMC Networks’ Suite of Targeted Streaming Services This February
New York, NY – January 27, 2023 – This February, AMC+ will feature the season finale of the hit series Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches on Thursday, February 23 and the premiere of new Sundance Now Original mystery Black Snow the same day. AMC+ will also premiere new episodes of BBC AMERICA’s Frozen Planet II every Saturday, full season binges of fan favorite Orphan Black every Sunday through February 12, and new AMC+ Exclusive Films every Friday, including God’s Country, The Friendship Game and Four Samosas. Shudder’s box office hit Skinamarink debuts on Thursday, February 2, joining an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, beloved franchises, highly anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, Shudder and Sundance Now, and anime-focused HIDIVE, all month long.
On ACORN TV:
· Bloodlands (Acorn TV Original)
New Season Premieres Monday February 6; Season Finale February 20
In the gripping thriller Bloodlands from Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodyguard), veteran detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) connects a criminal’s car pulled from the sea to a notorious series of disappearances-including his own wife’s 20 years earlier. Brannick begins an obsessive campaign to unmask a possible assassin, code-named Goliath, in a case that evokes Northern Ireland’s dark past.
· The Madame Blanc Mysteries (Acorn TV Original)
New Season Premieres Monday, February 6
Renowned and respected antiques dealer, Jean White (Sally Lindsay) returns fresh from surviving an attempt on her life by the duplicitous Barbara. Jean’s expertise in the world of antiquities and antiques once again proves the key to solving a series of murders and mysteries against the backdrop of the beautiful French village of Sainte Victoire. This season, Jean and Dom will grow much closer – but will friendship finally grow into something more? Meanwhile, love rolls into town for Gloria and Barbara has deadly plans to finally finish what she began.
· Under the Vines (Acorn TV Original)
Two Episodes Premiere Every Monday Through February 6
This charming romantic comedy drama returns with Sydney socialite Daisy Monroe (Rebecca Gibney, Wanted) and ex-London lawyer Louis Oakley (Charles Edwards, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) trying to run a struggling vineyard in southern New Zealand. As Daisy comes to terms with her new life, Louis tries to repair his old one before returning to England. But ultimately his marriage fails, and he stays on to help Daisy run Oakley Wines. The two unlikely partners in wine continue to navigate life in Peak View and its population of quirky locals and Machiavellian rivals. But any chance of romance between the two is muddied when Daisy meets David (Kirk Torrance), the handsome local doctor. Meanwhile Oakley’s young vintner Tippy has her world shaken by the arrival of popular French vintner, Philippe Bidois – and he’s her cousin.
On ALLBLK:
· A House Divided (ALLBLK Original Series)
New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday Until Series Finale on February 16
All bets are off as Cameron Sanders Sr. relentlessly exacts his revenge on all who plotted against him. Brother James becomes increasingly uneasy about his role in the Sanders family crimes, and he begins to violently cover his tracks. Stephanie and Auntie Mae lock in a perilous power struggle to continue to take control of the Sanders family financial empire. All of this and more as the ruthless drama continues on A House Divided Season 5.
Cast: LisaRaye McCoy, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Paula Jai Parker, Demetria McKinney
· Double Cross Season 4 (ALLBLK Original Series)
New Season Premieres February, 16
The events of last season have left the Cross siblings in a crisis! Once again, they pull each other up from the trenches to continue on their quest to eradicate child trafficking. And this time, they are taking it down from the top!
On AMC+:
· Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches
New Episodes Premiere Sundays on AMC; Stream Early Every Thursday on AMC+ Until Season Finale on February 23
Based on Rice’s best-selling trilogy, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, the 8-episode series focuses on an intuitive young neurosurgeon, Rowan (Alexandra Daddario), who discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. As she grapples with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations. Showrunner Esta Spalding (Masters of Sex, On Becoming a God in Central Florida) and Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex, The Pacific, John Adams) are executive producers and writers. This second series in the expanding Anne Rice Immortal Universe, Mayfair Witches stars Daddario (The White Lotus), Jack Huston (Fargo, Manhunt), Tongayi Chirisa (Another Life, The Jim Gaffigan Show) and Harry Hamlin (Mad Men, L.A. Law).
· Frozen Planet II
New Episodes of Landmark Natural History Series Premiere Every Saturday Until Season Finale on March 4
Over a decade ago, four-time Emmy(R)-winning series Frozen Planet gave viewers unprecedented insight into life in the Poles. Now, the highly-anticipated sequel, Frozen Planet II, returns to the Arctic and Antarctic to observe the amazing species that thrive there. But, going further than the first season, it also explores life beyond the Poles – witnessing the wildlife dramas that play out in all the world’s coldest regions: our high mountains, frozen deserts, snowbound forests, and ice-cold oceans. These are the last true wildernesses on earth; places so challenging for survival that only a heroic cast of animals can live here. From polar bears to penguins, Siberian tigers to snow monkeys, each species must overcome unique challenges to survive their extreme environments. Narrated by Emmy(R)-winning famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough (Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II).
· The Graham Norton Show
New Episodes Premiere Every Sunday on BBC America and AMC+
BBC America’s BAFTA-award-winning talk show features a packed lineup of celebrity guests, laugh out loud stories and exciting musical performances. Guest lineup is as follows:
o Sunday, February 12 – Michelle Yeoh, Austin Butler, Jack Lowden, Ashley Banjo, and Mimi Webb
o Sunday, February 19 – Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore, Johannes Radebe, and Shania Twain
o Sunday, February 26 – Guests to be announced.
· AMC+ Exclusive Films
New Films Premiere Every Week
o God’s Country – Premieres Friday, February 3
When a college professor (Thandiwe Newton; Westworld) confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she’s drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences.
o The Friendship Game – Premieres Friday, February 10
A group of teenagers in a small town discover a strange object that tests the strength of their friendship. Starring Peyton List (Cobra Kai), Brendan Meyer (The OA), Miranda Edwards (Snowpiercer), Dylan Schombing (Watchmen).
o Four Samosas – Premieres Friday, February 17
An unmotivated South Asian American rapper, along with three other first-time thieves, plans a heist on a grocery store owned by his ex-girlfriend’s father, in order to steal her wedding diamonds and disrupt her pending engagement. Starring Venk Potula (Wild ‘N Out), Sonal Shah (Scrubs), Sharmita Bhattacharya (Panic).
On HIDIVE:
· Revue Starlight the Movie (HIDIVE Exclusive)
English Dub Premiere on January 30 at 12:00 PM ET
Described as “downright jaw-dropping” (Honey’s Anime) and “a sumptuous smorgasbord of audiovisual splendor” (Anime News Network), Revue Starlight the Movie, the exciting sequel to the fan-favorite anime series Revue Starlight, will now be available in English dub exclusively on HIDIVE starting January 30. It’s nearly time for curtain call, and the members of the 99th graduating class of Seisho Music Academy prepare to take their final bow. The Top Stars will be tested on the battlefield of the stage, where song, dance and thrilling swordplay collide in the spectacle known as Revue Starlight. The English dub production of Revue Starlight the Movie features ADR director John Swasey and a voice cast starring Brittney Karbowski and Patricia Duran.
· Karakuri Circus (Season 1)
English Sub Premiere on January 31 at 12:00 PM ET
The shōnen action mystery series Karakuri Circus is headed to HIDIVE with the premiere of Season 1 (Episodes 1-12) on January 31. A young boy, Masaru Saiga, inherits the family fortune as well as his father’s company. The only thing now standing between Masaru and assassination is a sickly clown named Narumi Kato, a white-haired girl named Shirogane who claims she’s Masaru’s guardian, and the mysterious puppet left to Masaru by his father upon his death.
Based on the manga series by Kazuhiro Fujita, Karakuri Circus is directed by Satoshi Nishimura with animation by Studio VOLN.
On SHUDDER:
· Skinamarink
New Film Premieres Thursday, February 2
Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished. From IFC Films, Skinamarink made its world premiere at Fantasia Fest and crossed $1 million at the North American box office 6 days into release on partial screens – earning the film an impressive 67x its production budget of 15K. Directed and written by Kyle Edward Ball.
· Attachment
New Film Premieres Thursday, February 9
A horror romance about love at first sight, steeped in Jewish folklore. Maja, a Danish has-been actress falls in love with Leah, a young, Jewish academic from London. But when Leah suffers a mysterious seizure, leading to a debilitating injury, Maja fears their whirlwind romance might be cut short – and decides to follow Leah back to her home in the Hasidic area of Stamford Hill, London. There, she meets her new downstairs neighbor: Leah’s mother, Chana. An overbearing and secretive woman, Chana seems resistant to all of Maja’s attempts to win her over. And as Maja begins to notice strange occurrences in the building, she begins to suspect that Chana’s secrets could be much darker that first anticipated – and that the woman she loves might be carrying the biggest secret of all. Starring Josephine Park, Ellie Kendrick, Sofie Gråbøl, and David Dencik. Directed and written by Gabriel Bier Gislason.
· The Witch: Part 2. The Other One
New Film Premieres Thursday, February 16
Sequel to 2018’s blockbuster, The Witch Part 2 tells the story of a girl who was created in a secret lab, and those who are tracking her down. Starring Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Jin Gu and Sung Yoo-bin.
· Nocebo
New Film Premieres Friday, February 24
A fashion designer is suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband, until help arrives in the form of a Filipino career, who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth. Starring Eva Green, Mark Strong and Chai Fonacier. Directed by Lorcan Finnegan and written by Garret Shanley.
On SUNDANCE NOW:
· Black Snow (Sundance Now Original)
New Series Debuts Thursday, February 23 with a Two-Episode Premiere
Part coming-of-age drama and part whodunit, the six-part series follows the mystery of a small-town murder that rocked a tight-knit community and left a town devastated. In 1995, seventeen-year-old Isabel Baker was murdered. The case was never solved, the killer never found. In 2020, the opening of a time capsule unearths a secret that puts cold-case detective James Cormack (Travis Fimmel, Vikings, Raised By Wolves) on the trail of the killer.
About AMC Networks:
AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its brands include targeted streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, ALLBLK, and the newest addition to its targeted streaming portfolio, the anime-focused HIDIVE streaming service, in addition to AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind some of the biggest titles and brands known to a global audience, including The Walking Dead, the Anne Rice catalog and the Agatha Christie library. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.

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