The cable network is developing a remake of the 2006 UK mini-series Low Winter Sun.
The revamp of the Mark Strong drama - overseen by Criminal Minds exec Chris Mundy - will focus on the consequences of a cop's murder by a fellow Detroit detective.
The second pilot, currently untitled, is a legal thriller which follows a District Attorney who discovers new evidence that forces him to re-open a notorious murder case.
Tony Goldwyn (Justified) and Richard LaGravenese (Water for Elephants) are on board to produce the law drama.
AMC exec Joel Stillerman said: "Both of these shows represent an opportunity to continue what our existing scripted series have established so well - a commitment to great writing, and shows that tackle complex characters in a genuine and authentic way."
Low Winter Sun was first reported to be under consideration at AMC in April, along with period spy drama Turn from Nikita exec Craig Silverstein and three other pilots.