Despite disappointing ratings and rumors of impending cancelation for AMC's Low Winter Sun, writer Rolin Jones is getting another pilot order from the network, this one a little less dour, in keeping with Jones' roots on Showtime dramedy The United States of Tara.
Knifeman, from Jones (who has a first-look deal with AMC), follows John Tattersal, an unlicensed surgeon who operates, literally and figuratively, out of his home. The show is based on Wendy Moore's biography of a similar figure, John Hunter, called The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery. AMC traditionally only announces its pilot orders, though it does have an option on oft-developed DC Comics property Preacher, too.
Meanwhile, Jason Cahill (whose Halt & Catch Fire got the go-ahead earlier this year) will write post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Galyntine, which explores a future where human beings have evolved in unusual ways "after a cataclysmic technology-induced disaster." EPs on the project are Cahill and Greg Nicotero. The show will also be exec produced by David Zucker and Ridley Scott through Scott's Scott Free Productions.
Halt & Catch Fire is set to air next year, as is the company's other scripted original show, Turn. Galyntine and Knifeman will be considered for the 2015 season.