AMC Prepping ‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Produced By Robert Kirkman & Gale Anne Hurd For 2015 Premiere

AMC is expanding another successful series into a scripted franchise. After giving the go-ahead last week to Better Call Saul, a spinoff series from Breaking Bad, the network just announced that it is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to mega hit The Walking Dead. The new drama series has a target on-air date of 2015. It will be will be executive produced by The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert for AMC Studios. “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. He noted that the companion series will have “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,” he said. Added Kirkman, on whose comic The Walking Dead was based. “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.” Season 3 of The Walking Dead ranked as the top program on television (broadcast or cable) among adults 18-49. Season 4 kicks off October 13. Besides their scripted extensions, both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad also spawned talk show companion series, Talking Dead and Talking Bad, respectively.

Comments (27)

  • Sounds like a good idea, and not being tied to the original characters from the series and comics should give them a lot of freedom.

    Comment by Sareeta — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT  
  • Milk, milk, milk, milk, milk…

    Comment by MoreTears — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 9:16am PDT  
  • You know the AMC suits are getting nervous if their post-2013 plan is spinoffs for Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. What’s next? Mad Men Babies? Way to dilute your brand.

    Comment by Petey — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 9:20am PDT  
    • Those of us that are zombie freaks can’t wait for it. It’s a great idea.

      Comment by Anonymous — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 12:29pm PDT  
    • I would *totally* watch Mad Men Babies.

      Comment by AB — Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 9:43am PDT  
  • AMC shits the bed again…

    Comment by Save em', Blake! — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 9:46am PDT  
  • have always said it is the rare show that could suddenly pan a camera across a field and begin following an ENTIRE new cast of characters with no explanation and not lose a single viewer. Looks like this is a more profitable way to get out of jail with the sappy characters and performances that have gone painfully downhill since season 1. zombies have gotten more and more awesome…. and the humans aren’t going to last long.

    Comment by called it — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT  
  • Shouldn’t that be, a “no-BRAAAAAAIIIINNNSSSS-er”?

    Comment by the world's only internet pedant — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 1:05pm PDT  
  • AMC is flushing their own network down the shitter. I mean, really, why not just hire someone with some ideas instead of trying to ruin the already successful ones. I predict this will be a flop, as will the BB spin-off. Get some new ideas AMC!

    Comment by Laura — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 1:24pm PDT  
    • So says the angry (and probably unemployed) writer who’s original ideas keeps getting passed on

      Comment by Baby Jesus — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 2:50pm PDT  
      • Whose / keep

        You must be a writer, too!

        Comment by r0ckmypants — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 3:38pm PDT  
        • I really appreciate this.

          Comment by Did Anyone Else Notice His Name is Baby Jesus? — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 5:51pm PDT  
    • There is no new ideas. And even if there was one, new idea isn’t equal good stuff. Good stuff is always execution.

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT  
  • I say give it a shot. What’s to loose?
    People are either gonna watch it or won’t.

    Comment by steveomedic — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 1:28pm PDT  
  • I say Go For It! I’ll watch it! Don’t listen to the dream squashers! You are doing great on the walking dead, I don’t see why you couldn’t do great on a spin off! Plus my age group is over 50, and we love it!

    Comment by Carol roll — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 3:07pm PDT  
  • i think another zombie series is a bad idea. i mean, there are only so many things you can say about zombies, and i think just about every idea has been used up. i love the walking dead, but doubt that i would watch another zombie series

    Comment by sarah thomas — Monday September 16, 2013 @ 3:07pm PDT  
    • Good riddance. Zombies will not miss you. By the way, show isn’t about zombies, but about people struggling to survive.

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 10:06am PDT  
      • Would people watch/love thi8s show if there were no zombies? It’s a show about people trying to survive a zomb-ocalypse. It’s the zombies, in other words.

        Comment by Mark J. — Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 1:34pm PDT  
    • I could think of literally thousands of things that have not been done in Walking Dead or other zombie stories. Besides, WD is about survival, not zombies. At the end of every WD book…”The continuing story of survival horror.” Its more about how the current world situation has changed peoples’ mentality and what they are willing to do to survive and keep their loved ones safe.

      Comment by Your Mom — Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 4:16pm PDT  
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