TCA 2019: AMC Sets Limited Series ‘The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park’

AMC will develop a limited series based on the infamous 1980s "Preppie Murder," part of a series of new projects from AMC, the network announced during its Television Critics Association press tour Thursday. 

The five-part The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park -- which will be simulcast on both AMC and Sundance TV over three consecutive nights beginning Nov. 13 -- re-examines the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin at the hands of Robert Chambers, said Sarah Barnett, president, entertainment networks for AMC Networks.

“In the mid to late 1980s, two epic crimes rocked New York and the broader country -- the Central Park Five case and the murder of Jennifer Levin,” said Barnett. “These events have a few things in common: they both took place in Central Park and the prosecutor who tried both cases was Linda Fairstein. “What’s more, together they shine a startling light on how race, gender and socioeconomics profoundly influenced the course of justice.”



Barnett also confirmed the second season renewal of horror series NOS4A2 and the season six renewal of zombie-themed series Fear the Walking Dead.

Other series premiere dates announced include season 10 of The Walking Dead (Oct. 10), Preacher (Aug. 4), Lodge 49 and The Terror: Infamy (Aug. 12), and Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America (Oct. 13).

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