AMC’s ‘yet-to-be-titled’ companion series of it’s number one show The Walking Dead is off to a solid start with the network ordering straight up – two series right off the bat.
Set in Los Angeles, the unnamed show will focus on a new set of characters, looking at the onset of epidemic that wiped out millions of people and turned them into zombies with the shows first season set to consist of six hour long episodes premiering on AMC in late Winter (probably August).
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
In not so surprising news, The AMC network announced that it’s number one show, The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season. We knew it was coming, it was just a case of when the announcement was going to be made and as AMC president, Charlie Collier, said in a statement “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season“
“This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more ‘Dead.’“
Since it’s return three weeks ago, The Walking Dead has been holding it’s massive 16+ million viewers on a weekly basis for it’s fourth season, and it’s follow on show The Talking Dead is even managing to hold around 5 million viewers.
Locally, the show, which is aired on FOXTEL’s FX channel, is bringing in around 220,000 viewers, making it the networks biggest audience.
You know I love me some Walking Dead news! Season 4 is now less than a month away, and we (me included) are literally chomping at the bit to get our hands on as much information as possible as to what to expect for this exciting fourth season.
First off, we’re getting a new major character, and she’ll be played by a very familiar face! Christian Serratos (Angela Weber from the Twilight series) is joining the show as Rosita Espinosa, a gorgeous woman who resorted to prostitution as a way to survive in the zombie apocalypse. Rosita, who is also featured in the Walking Dead comic book series, may also be joined by her comic companions Eugene Porter and Abraham Ford though no word if that’s actually happening. It’s been reported she’ll be a recurring character during season 4 with an option to become a regular character for season 5.
Now onto the big stuff! AMC seem to be in the spin-off business (after announcing the Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul) AMC also announced a Walking Dead spin off is in the works too. Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, said, “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
It’s been hinted at, that the spin off series will be more of a companion series and will be set in the same time and world as The Walking Dead but will feature a new cast of characters.
While we’re on the topic, to get you excited, check out this new teaser trailer for the season 4 première!
The Walking Dead returns Monday October 14th on FX!