After a lengthy development process, AMC has handed out a ten episode series order to Lodge 49, an hour-long drama project from Jim Gavin and Paul Giamatti, TVWise has learned.
Lodge 49 is described as a “modern fable” that follows Dud, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died. Through the Lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes.
Jim Gavin created the series and is penning the scripts for the series, which is being produced AMC Studios – the in-house division behind other such AMC dramas as Fear The Walking Dead, Halt & Catch Fire and Turn: Washington’s Spies. Gavin also executive produces alongside Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and showunner Peter Ocko. “Jim Gavin is a unique American storyteller and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to bring his honest, hilarious, and often insane vision to life”, Ocko said.
“Lodge 49 is a show that defies easy categorization. It is, at once, a show about a loveable loser, the idea that life can be magical if you look at it from the right angle, what it means to be on the fringe, and the importance of community. It’s also incredibly funny, poignant and truly entertaining”, added Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC & SundanceTV. “This is a formidable creative team beginning with series creator Jim Gavin, show runner Peter Ocko, and the awesome producing team of Dan Carey and Paul Giamatti. Their passion and vision won the day, and we look forward to working with them to bring it to life.”
The series order for Lodge 49 comes shorty after AMC pulled the plug on the David Schwimmer drama Feed The Beast and renews Turn: Washington’s Spies for a fourth and final season. It joins a strong slate of dramas on the network that includes flagship The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, Channel 4 co-production Humans, marital arts piece Into The Badlands and comic book adaptation Preacher.