The show is to be executive produced by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver from the production company Left/Right.
"Inspired by what filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, Christopher Guest and Robert Altman have done capturing quirky, larger-than-life characters in the scripted realm, with 'JJK,' AMC will aim to bring that sensibility to unscripted programming," said in a synopsis released by the cable network.
Season 1 will consist of eight, half-hour episodes scheduled to premiere in late 2012.
"From the moment that I set foot in the JJK offices and met the staff, I fell in love with them and knew they were a show," Druckerman said in a statement Thursday. "But I couldn't think of anything like it on TV, so naturally I was worried that we would never find the right home. Fortunately, AMC fell in love with the cast and their story for the same reasons that we did."