By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 11, 2014 at 10:44AM
Alexander Woo (True Blood executive producer) has set up a civil rights-era drama series at AMC titled Bombingham, which will center on a 1963 murder in Birmingham, Ala., and its aftermath, that can still be felt in the present day, as the story shifts between the past (1963), and the present, where racial tensions, albeit improved race relations, still exist.
The title "Bombingham" comes from the nickname the black community gave to Birmingham 50 years ago, giving how often racially motivated bombings happened during that era in American history.
Woo will begin working on the script, and will also executive produce with Aaron Kaplan.
No casting or character news yet.
With the loss of its hit shows Breaking Bad and Mad Men (which the network will wind down over the next couple of years), AMC continues to work feverishly towards finding replacements.
Bombingham will be one of a handful of new series set up at TV networks that center on matters of race and racial intolerance, set (entirely, or in part) in the past. Most recently, ABC greenlit a 12-hour miniseries that will be based on the non-fiction novel, A Slave In The White House, which tells Paul Jennings' story - born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of President Madison's staff at the White House. Sheldon Candis (who made his feature film debut with LUV, starring Common), and Justin Wilson (who co-wrote the screenplay for LUV with Candis) will write and co-executive produce the miniseries for ABC, with Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso’s One-Two Punch Prods executive producing.