‘Mad Men’ alum Jared Harris returns to AMC for anthology series ‘The Terror’

AMC has announced that a familiar face has been added to the cast of its upcoming anthology series, “The Terror”: Jared Harris will play the leading role of Francis Crozier, the captain of the HMS Terror searching for the Northwest Passage in 1847. Based on a novel by Dan Simmons, “Terror” will consist of 10 hour-long episodes and premiere in 2017. Other cast members include Tobias Menzies, Ciaran Hinds, Paul Ready and Adam Nagaitis.

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Harris is best known to AMC viewers for playing Lane Pryce for three years on the acclaimed drama “Mad Men.” He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Drama Supporting Actor in 2012, the year Pryce was overwhelmed by professional and personal pressures and hung himself in the ad agency offices; he lost to Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”).

AMC president of original programming and development Joel Stillerman said in a statement, “The story of man’s battle with nature and an unknown predator makes ‘The Terror’ a gripping and imaginative series, and calls for a special kind of actor. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Jared Harris and look forward to watching him transform into the complex and fascinating character of Captain Crozier.”

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AMC has done well with longform programming. In 2007, before “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” put the network on the map in the Emmys’ drama races, AMC won Best Miniseries for the western “Broken Trail.” Then in 2016 the network earned 12 nominations for the six-part limited series “The Night Manager,” which ended up winning Best Movie/Mini Directing for Susanne Bier.

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