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AMC Networks Eyes More Native American Stories With Red Nation Film Festival Pact

AMC Networks Eyes More Native American Stories With Red Nation Film Festival Pact
Exclusive: Following the success of Dark Winds, starring Zahn McClarnon, AMC Networks is doubling down on indigenous Native American stories with a partnership with the Red Nation International Film Festival.

As part of the partnership, AMC and Rniff will promote Native American stories and storytellers throughout the year with new mentoring and professional development initiatives focused on Native American writers and filmmakers, with an emphasis on women creators.

Additionally, AMC Networks will screen two of its recent titles at Rniff’s 27th annual festival currently taking place until November 30 in Los Angeles. Both AMC’s Dark Winds and the IFC Films feature film Catch the Fair One will screen on November 18 at the Lumiere Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

AMC Networks will also partner with the festival on the “Native Women Write” and “Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts” programs, each of which will focus on developing skills and career growth.
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10 Best Shows Like Walker

10 Best Shows Like Walker
The remake of Chuck Norris' long-running action crime series Walker, Texas Ranger has now entered its third season this month, with Padelecki speaking about how things get real bad for Cordell Walker. In Jared Padelecki's more introspective take on the character, the titular protagonist of Walker not only must deal with his legal tussles but also his tumultuous family affairs.

Such a humanized characterization of Cordell is bound to resonate with fans of new-age legal thrillers, such as Justified or Banshee. As Walker succeeds as a drastically-different reboot of its source material, several other popular reinterpretations of established franchises would similarly engage viewers.

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Timothy Olyphant stars as a quiet and morally righteous U.S. Marshall who is transferred from Miami to his rural Kentucky hometown. As he deals with new challenges in the region, he must question his own morals in delivering his personal brand of justice.
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‘Dark Winds’ Star Jessica Matten Signs With M88

‘Dark Winds’ Star Jessica Matten Signs With M88
Exclusive: M88 has signed Dark Winds star Jessica Matten.

A direct descendant of Cuthbert Grant, the first rebel Metis leader famously known for the Battle of the Seven Oaks in Canada, Matten is one of the founding members of The Indigenous Film Academy, the first and only Indigenous Film and stunt combat academy in North America in partnership with Old Sun College out of Siksika Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

The academy supports emerging and aspiring First Nations, Metis, and Inuit artists so they can effectively and successfully gain expertise and experience to establish the foundations of a professional film career.

Currently, Matten can be seen in AMC’s Dark Winds in the role of Bernadette Manuelito, a Navajo police Sargeant, opposite Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon. The series, produced by Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, and Graham Roland, was renewed for a second season set to premiere in 2023.

Previously,
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Dark Winds: Why Bernadette Manuelito is the Surprise Star of the Series

Dark Winds: Why Bernadette Manuelito is the Surprise Star of the Series
Part neo-Western, part psychological thriller, AMC's Dark Winds, set on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico in the 1970s, has captivated audiences this summer with its stunning vistas and tense, compact episodes. The show features standout performances from Zahn McClarnon, as tribal police chief Joe Leaphorn; Kiowa Gordon, as Jim Chee, a morally conflicted FBI agent embedded with the department; and Jessica Matten, as Bernadette Manuelito, Leaphorn's loyal employee and the lone female police officer on the reservation. Matten's character, a tough-as-nails Navajo woman, is an especially welcome antidote to the male-driven crime narratives that have historically dominated television. The marked scarcity of portrayals of Native women in mainstream television –– whether positive or negative –– makes Matten's performance all the more groundbreaking.
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‘Dark Winds’: John Wirth Replaces Vince Calandra As Showrunner For Season 2

‘Dark Winds’: John Wirth Replaces Vince Calandra As Showrunner For Season 2
Dark Winds is getting a showrunner change for season two.

The breakout AMC series will see John Wirth take over showrunning duties for the sophomore run, replacing Vince Calandra, who served as showrunner and exec producer on season one.

Wirth is no stranger to the network, having served as showrunner on Hell on Wheels for four seasons and exec produced Hap and Leonard.

It comes after the network renewed the Native-led Western noir crime thriller, which stars Zahn McClarnon, for a second six-episode run in June.

The series, which is produced by AMC Studios, performed well for the network, drawing 2.2M viewers for its June 12 launch in live+3 ratings and becoming its number one new series launch for its streaming service AMC+.

Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Tribal Police (McClarnon) as he is besieged
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‘Dark Winds’ Season 2 at AMC Adds John Wirth as Showrunner

‘Dark Winds’ Season 2 at AMC Adds John Wirth as Showrunner
John Wirth has signed on as showrunner and executive producer of “Dark Winds” Season 2 at AMC.

Wirth takes over the role from Vince Calandra, who was the showrunner of the first season of the series. The show was renewed for a second season in June shortly after it debuted.

This marks Wirth’s return to AMC Networks, as he was previously the showrunner on the AMC series “Hell on Wheels” for four seasons and an executive producer on the Sundance TV series “Hap and Leonard.” His other credits include “Wu Assassins,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Nash Bridges,” and “Picket Fences.”

“We are thrilled to welcome John Wirth, someone we know well and have collaborated with so successfully on multiple shows – most notably ‘Hell on Wheels’ – to the ‘Dark Winds’ creative team,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “This series quickly became one of
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Dark Winds Names Hell on Wheels EP as New Season 2 Showrunner

Dark Winds Names Hell on Wheels EP as New Season 2 Showrunner
AMC is welcoming back a longtime collaborator to oversee Dark Winds Season 2.

John Wirth — whose previous credits include Hell on Wheels and sister network SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard — will take over as showrunner on the acclaimed drama, succeeding Vince Calandra (Castle Rock) in the role.

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“We are thrilled to welcome John Wirth,
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‘Dark Winds’ Writer Billy Luther on Native Representation: ‘We Didn’t Need to Explain Everything, We Just Showed It’

‘Dark Winds’ Writer Billy Luther on Native Representation: ‘We Didn’t Need to Explain Everything, We Just Showed It’
AMC’s groundbreaking thriller Dark Winds is headed for a second season. The well-reviewed show features a team composed almost entirely of Native Americans in front of and behind the camera. From the top down, it was important to the creators to raise visibility across the board, from the writer’s room to the cast, directors and crew, and on screen.

Based on Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels, the series follows Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon), a lieutenant with the Navajo tribal police, as he works alongside a brand new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon).

Writer Billy Luther (“Frybread Face and Me”) shares how representation in the writer’s room helped to deliver accurate portrayals of the Native community and what mattered when sharing stories about cultural representation with mainstream audiences.

How did the creators discuss authenticity with the writers?

I think the word authenticity gets thrown around a lot. The
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‘Dark Winds’ Creators Break Down the Tense Season Finale and Why You Can’t Make a Western Without Natives

‘Dark Winds’ Creators Break Down the Tense Season Finale and Why You Can’t Make a Western Without Natives
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t watched “HózhóoNaasháa,” the Season 1 finale of “Dark Winds,” streaming now on AMC+.

After a slow boil first season, “Dark Winds” ends with a bang — quite literally. The finale wraps up the case of the armored truck robbery that underlaid the six episode first season of AMC’s neo-noir series, which took its plot from Tony Hillerman’s 1978 novel “Listening Woman.” The episode ends with Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) and Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) in a tense stand-off in a cave where the two robbers were hiding their money and their hostages. And after plenty of twists and turns — including the revelation that Joe’s FBI ally Witover (Noah Emmerich) was actually allied with the robbers the entire time — the stand-off concludes with Jim and Bernadette Manuelito (Jessica Matten) setting off explosives to bury the money and the bodies in the cave.
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Dark Winds: Season One Viewer Votes

Dark Winds: Season One Viewer Votes
What forces are at work in the first season of the Dark Winds TV show on AMC and AMC+? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Dark Winds is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustrated when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we invite you to rate all of the first season episodes of Dark Winds here.  *Status Update Below.

An AMC and AMC+ Western psychological-thriller series, the Dark Winds TV show stars Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Noah Emmerich, Jessica Matten, Rainn Wilson, and Deanna Allison. The story is set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police
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Dark Winds Exclusive Sneak Peek: Devoted Dan and Deputy Jim Chee Compare Notes

Dark Winds Exclusive Sneak Peek: Devoted Dan and Deputy Jim Chee Compare Notes
The plot continues to thicken on AMC's critically acclaimed Dark Winds, airing Sundays at 9 pm Et/Pt.

AMC shared an exclusive look ahead at Dark Winds Season 1 Episode 5 for an episode that will turn the entire case on its head.

"With a major suspect in custody, Leaphorn discovers that there is more to this crime than he would have ever imagined," the logline reads.

"Manuelito faces her worst fears. Chee must make a choice between his career and his people."

In the exclusive clip, Navajo Tribal Police Deputy Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) meets Devoted Dan (Rainn Wilson), and it's yet another display of the top-tier writing and acting from this new drama series.

Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes.

The closer he digs to the truth,
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Dark Winds: Season One Ratings

Dark Winds: Season One Ratings
AMC doesn't introduce many new scripted series these days but, unless they are intended to last just one year, most of them end up getting renewed. This show's chances are likely helped by Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin serving as executive producers. Will Dark Winds be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.  *Status Update Below.

A Western psychological-thriller series, the Dark Winds TV show stars Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Noah Emmerich, Jessica Matten, Rainn Wilson, and Deanna Allison. The story is set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. Leaphorn is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Gordon).
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Dark Winds Sneak Peek: How Will Leaphorn React to Chee's Big 'Secret'?

Dark Winds Sneak Peek: How Will Leaphorn React to Chee's Big 'Secret'?
Episode 4 of AMC’s recently renewed Dark Winds finds Jim Chee having dinner with the Leaphorns. And what’s on the menu — for Joe, at least — is a curious discovery about his and Emma’s guest.

Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman and set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (played by Fargo‘s Zahn McClarnon) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Roswell,
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Dark Winds: Season Two; AMC and AMC+ Renew Western Thriller Series

Dark Winds: Season Two; AMC and AMC+ Renew Western Thriller Series
Leaphorn is staying on the case. AMC and AMC+ have already renewed the Dark Winds series for a second season. Just two of the first season's six episodes have aired thus far.

A Western psychological-thriller series executive produced by Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin, the Dark Winds TV show stars Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Noah Emmerich, Jessica Matten, Rainn Wilson, and Deanna Allison. The story is set in 1971, on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. Leaphorn is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Gordon). Chee also has old scores to settle from his
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Dark Winds Scores Season 2 Renewal at AMC

Dark Winds Scores Season 2 Renewal at AMC
Dark Winds is off to a strong launch at AMC.

The cabler today announced that it has ordered a second season of the Western noir crime thriller Dark Winds.

Produced by AMC Studios, the six-episode second season will arrive on AMC+ and AMC next year.

The series premiere on June 12 attracted an audience of 2.2 million viewers on AMC in Nielsen live+3 ratings, becoming the #5 cable drama premiere of the current broadcast TV season.

Dark Winds is also the #1 new series launch in AMC+ history.

The series has a rare 100-point score on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes," the logline reads.

"The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined
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Dark Winds Renewed for Season 2

Dark Winds Renewed for Season 2
A little over a week after its premiere on AMC and AMC+, Dark Winds has been renewed for six-episode Season 2.

Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman and set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (played by Fargo‘s Zahn McClarnon) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Roswell, New Mexico‘s Kiowa Gordon), who has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation.
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‘Dark Winds’ Renewed for Season 2 at AMC

‘Dark Winds’ Renewed for Season 2 at AMC
Dark Winds” has been renewed for Season 2 at AMC.

The period noir crime thriller debuted on AMC on June 12. The first season will consist of six episodes total, as will the second season. The show is based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman.

Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, the series follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon). Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation.

Jessica Matten also stars along with Deanna Allison, Rainn Wilson, Elva Guerra, Jeremiah Bitsui, Eugene Brave Rock, and Noah Emmerich.

Graham Roland created the series and serves as executive producer.
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‘Dark Winds’ Renewed For Season 2 At AMC & AMC+

‘Dark Winds’ Renewed For Season 2 At AMC & AMC+
Dark Winds, the Native-led Western noir crime thriller, will be back for a second season.

AMC and its sister streaming service AMC+ have renewed the drama series starring Zahn McClarnon, and it will return for another six-episode run next year.

It comes after the series, which is produced by AMC Studios, drew 2.2M viewers on AMC for its June 12 launch in Live+3 ratings, making it the No. 5 cable drama premiere of the current season. The company said it also was the No. 1 new series launch in AMC+ history.

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Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Tribal Police (McClarnon) as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past.
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AMC Renews Zahn McClarnon-Starring ‘Dark Winds’ for Season 2

AMC Renews Zahn McClarnon-Starring ‘Dark Winds’ for Season 2
Dark Winds,” the period crime-thriller series starring Zahn McClarnon (“Reservation Dogs”), has been renewed for a second season at AMC and AMC+.

Season 1, which premiered June 12, garnered 2.2 million viewers in Nielsen live+3 ratings, becoming the No. 5 cable drama premiere of the current broadcast TV season. The show is also the No. 1 new series launch in AMC+ history and holds a 100 critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The AMC Studios-produced series, which will return next year with another 6-episode installment, follows two Navajo police officers — Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) and Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) — in the 1970s who reckon with a series of seemingly unrelated crimes that bring up their own personal demons. Jessica Matten also stars.

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Dark Winds: Season Two? Has the AMC Series Been Cancelled or Renewed Yet?

Dark Winds: Season Two? Has the AMC Series Been Cancelled or Renewed Yet?
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Airing on the AMC cable channel and the AMC+ streaming service, the Dark Winds TV show stars Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Noah Emmerich, Jessica Matten, Rainn Wilson, and Deanna Allison. The story is set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated
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