AMC certainly knows its product. the Season 6 premiere event went wild when the actor rode through the basketball court and onto the stage on his signature accessory. So the network is taking both these aspects, fusing them together for a new show, and hoping it sticks.fans love seeing Norman Reedus fire his crossbow into a herd of walkers, but they love him even more when he’s riding his motorcycle. Case in point, the crowd at Madison Square Garden during
Announced today, Reedus will feature in his own non-fiction motorcycle series, tentatively called Ride with Norman Reedus. It’s a pretty simple concept (via press release):
Six one-hour episodes will follow actor and biker-enthusiast Reedus as he takes viewers on a ride on the open road to explore local motorcycle culture and its history and celebrate some of the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and motorcycle craftsmen around the country.
Reedus will start each episode in a different location with a different traveling buddy, who could be an actor, musician, friend, or just another motorcycle enthusiast. They’ll then travel to another location and make a number of pitstops along the way to visit custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, roadside smokehouses, and the like.
At the end of last year, AMC made the decision to focus on its scripted series and, therefore, pull away from the unscripted genre. Comic Book Men with Kevin Smith and Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick were the two that remained, so in a way Ride with Norman Reedus is a bit of a surprise. That said, Talking Dead expanded to incorporate the Walking Dead spinoff Fear The Walking Dead, and AMC has since worked on the docu-dramas The Making of the Mob and The American West. It’s difficult to think of Reedus’ show as anything more than a move to further tap into the Walking Dead fan base by utilizing one of the biggest TV stars from one of the biggest TV shows. But in this case, that’s not a bad thing.
Ride with Norman Reedus will premiere next year.