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March 17, 2017

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2 CHANNELS March 17 - 23, 2017 ON THE COVER | INTO THE BADLANDS By Kyla Brewer TV Media T here are dramas for people who love murder mysteries, cop shows and even comic books, but a unique dra- ma offers viewers something totally new, with elaborate fight scenes and stunning visuals. Chinese-American action star Daniel Wu ("Gen-X Cops," 1999) brings his talents to the small screen as Sunny, a fiercely skilled warrior in AMC's martial arts drama "Into the Badlands," which re- turns for a second season Sunday, March 19. The show is set in a post-apocalyptic world where guns have been banned and seven ruthless barons rule what was once the American midwest, thanks to loyal warriors, or clippers, like Sunny. One of the most dangerous clippers in the Badlands, Sunny has worked his way up through the ranks to become regent (head clipper) to the area's most power- ful Baron, Quinn (Marton Csokas, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," 2001). In the first season, Sunny encountered a teenager, M.K. (Aramis Knight, "Ender's Game," 2013), who har- bored a dark power, prompting Sunny to take M.K. under his wing as his newest trainee, or "colt," as they're called in the Badlands. "Into the Badlands" was a hit right out of the gate when the series premiere in November 2015 pulled in more than 6.4 million viewers overall. The show went on to average more than five million viewers per episode, earning it the distinction of being the fourth-highest-rated fresh- man season of any cable series ever. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for AMC to order a second season. "With its deep dive into authentic mar- tial arts, the visually stunning 'Into the Badlands' proved to be unlike anything else on television," said AMC executive Charlie Collier when the 10-episode sea- son 2 deal was announced last March. He went on to praise creators Alfred Gough ("Smallville") and Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," 2000) for delivering an "artfully crafted series." Acclaimed for its elaborate combat scenes and swordplay in season 1, "Into the Badlands" is expected to be even more action-packed in season 2 as Sunny — now separated from M.K. — struggles to get back to the Badlands and his fam- ily. Meanwhile, M.K. struggles to get a handle on his powers. Mysterious new allies aid the clipper and colt, but these so-called friends may have ulterior mo- tives. At the same time, dangerous baron Minerva (Emily Beecham, "The Village"), also known as The Widow, continues her quest for more power. All the while, a new threat rises. Production moved from Louisiana to just outside Dublin, Ireland, for season 2, giving the series an even more distinc- tive look. And that isn't all that's new this season: Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," 2004) has been added to the cast as a series regular, playing Sunny's new ally, Bajie, a man of "questionable morals" who gets stuck in a mining prison along with Sunny. All of the fan favorites from last sea- son are back for the new season, too. In addition to Wu, Knight and Beecham, Oliver Stark ("Underworld: Blood Wars," 2016) reprises his role as Ryder, Quinn's son and newly minted baron. Stephen Lang ("Avatar," 2009) returns as Waldo, a once-great clipper who buys into The Widow's promise to reform the Badlands. Ally Ioannides ("Parenthood") contin- ues the tradition of "Into the Badlands's" 'Into the Badlands' returns to AMC 'Bad' is good

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