The Fades caught us off guard with its surprisingly fast-paced and unconventional apocalyptic storytelling, but there's no word on a second season yet. But there's other news, which might turn out to be even better: BBC America has commissioned the show's production company, Clerkenwell Films, to create two brand new shows for American audiences. BBC America needs more programming to keep its "Supernatural Saturday" bloc going, and this could be a huge boon for audiences who crave something in between U.S. airings of O.G. Being Human and Doctor Who.

Here's how the BBC America press release describes the two new shows:

‘Wired' takes place in a world that looks exactly like today, except for one thing: this is a world with ‘Syns' (‘Synthetic Organisms'), exact replicas of human beings and the newest luxury accessory money can buy. Wired explores our evolving relationship with technology, the boundaries of society's values and moralities, our hypocrisies and contradictions – holding up a mirror to who we are today and what we might become.

In ‘The Dead Beat', two cops, one dead and one alive, become a reluctant team, working from leads in the world of the dead to track down killers in the world of the living. Subverting the crime genre, The Dead Beat brings a whole new meaning to cold cases, underworld informants, dead leads and buried evidence.


Wired sounds a bit like NBC's Beautiful People, but maybe it'll manage to channel a bit of that Black Mirror subversiveness as well. And The Dead Beat sounds like the zombie buddy cop show we've been waiting for. Fingers crossed! [Zap2It]

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