AMC Developing Companion Series to 'The Walking Dead'

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September 16th, 2013

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New York – September 16, 2013 – AMC announced today that the network is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to its original drama series The Walking Dead, which premiered on AMC in October of 2010. The Walking Dead is currently the #1 show on television among adults 18-49.  Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers, with AMC Studios set to produce. The companion series has a target on-air date of 2015.


“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. “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.”


“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,” said Kirkman. “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.”


In addition to Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and Low Winter Sun, AMC recently greenlit two new drama series for 2014, Halt & Catch Fire and Turn. The network today began shooting a new pilot, Line Of Sight, directed and executive produced by Jonathan Demme, and has a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television for a spinoff series of Vince Gilligan’s landmark Breaking Bad, based on the Saul Goodman lawyer character with the working title Better Call Saul.


Season four of The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 13. The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound, Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics.


The Walking Dead season three out-delivered everything on television including The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, Game of Thrones, Modern Family, and almost doubled The Bible for the broadcast season for adults 18-49.



About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and Low Winter Sun.  The network recent greenlit two new drama series, working titles Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, both of which will be premiering in 2014.  AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Talking Bad and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.


  • Neil

    The Crawling Dead?

  • fourat sakka

    the spin-off dead ??

  • hector

    The Walking Dead: Miami

  • Orl

    The Real Zombies of Beverly Hills

  • cimmer

    Interesting and a potentially very smart move on AMC’s part. Not even the WD can last forever and if they can get another series going in this universe, good for them. It’ll be interesting to see if they go in a wholly different direction (say a research lab etc.) rather than just another band of survivors fighting zombies and each other.

  • TV Addict

    Dancing with the Dead

  • John A

    Yay love the show. Great idea AMC unlike that Breaking Bad spin off.

  • Flame

    And Chris Hardwick will host Talking the new Talking Dead I presume…

  • Carl

    AMC should have done this two years ago. Now it’s probably too late.

  • Jon Snow

    America’s Next Top Zombie

  • Tom

    Once Low Winter Sun gets axed, they should keep Lennie James in the family by having a Morgan-based spin-off. Send him to New Orleans or Texas.

  • dantas

    America’s Next Top Zombie
    Once Upon A Zombie
    Once Upon A Zombie In Wonderland

  • Susan

    Loving some of these responses!

    I think it is a great idea. It can air when Walking Dead is on hiatus. They are in/around Georgia. Why can’t we follow a group in Seattle?

  • DenverDean


    Yep. That’s what I thought, first: TWD: Miami, TWD: NY and prequel TWD: Vegas!
    I’m surprised AMC waited this long for a “companion” series.

  • dantas

    Breaking Dead
    The Zombie Diaries
    Two and A Half Zombies
    Last Dead Standing

  • j

    Well, with BB and MM ending, they can’t just have Walking Dead. And Low Winter Sun is failing with the huge lead-in. Makes sense.

  • Andies

    I always felt that if they had a similar show to TWD it would do so well in the ratings.. Now they just decided to do it????

  • Wallaby2012

    The Bad Dead
    Immune Zombies
    Zombies in the White House
    Zombie Obambie

  • joe

    AMC is sounding desperate. They can’t get any new hits so they’re just doing spin offs. Breaking Bad spin off and The Walking Dead spin off. Come up with a new idea. That’s what made those shows such big hits.

  • Jagger Dagger

    The Schlocking Dead


    Walking Dead 2: Zombified Boogaloo

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