Contagion’s Scott Z. Burns Sets Musical Anthology at AMC

Writer/director Scott Z. Burns. Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

AMC has given the green light to a new musical dramedy anthology series from a stellar creative team including writer and director Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul executive producer Mark Johnson, and Oscar and Grammy-winning musician T Bone Burnett. 

National Anthem is a story of a middle-class Midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society, periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves.

“National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world, and our planet. Plus…it’s a musical! In Scott’s genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We’re so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade.”

The cabler gave the series an initial eight-episode order.