Horror has been pretty good to AMC. In 2010 they premiered The Walking Dead, one of he biggest shows on television, cable or otherwise (despite how atrociously they apparently treated Frank Darabont). Later came the spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, which hasn’t been a laggard in the ratings department, either.
That they’re sticking with the genre that has been so successful for them makes sense.
Though this time around it’s not the undead that go bump in the night, but the Devil.
Damien is a continuation of the story of Damien Thorne, from The Omen and Damien: The Omen II, who had the misfortune of being the son of Satan (though other than the ‘scion of Old Nick’ thing and the typically violent and–often–gory deaths of everyone cursed enough to get close to him he had a pretty awesome life).
Damien: The Omen II
Though what I find really interesting is that there was a third movie in The Omen saga, The Final Conflict, which while not quite up to the standards of the first two movies–it’s a bit campier than it needs to be at times–it’s still quite enjoyable (with an awesome ending).
The Final Conflict
The fun part is that the series–if it’s at all faithful to the movies–should take place between the second and third movies. The not-so-fun part is that in the trailer Thorne is dealing with issues that he had already solved in the second movie, so we’re apparently going to get some more angst of a repetitive nature (the worst type).
(There were also at least two made-for-television sequels, which I am ignoring because they’re not terribly memorable.)