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.


  • halloween

    completely lazy amc

  • Brian

    The Zombie Diaries
    Teen Zombie
    Zombie 5-O
    Mad Zombie
    Beauty and the Zombie

  • michael

    how about a show that features certain zombies from the walking dead before they were zombies. you always see one interesting looking zombie or a lead zombie each wd episode, the new show would let you see how that person was turned

  • Shane G.

    Or how bout the classic zombie shows.

    The Zombie Files
    Kung fu Zombie
    The Greatest American Zombie
    Zombie P.I.
    Zombie Night Gallery
    The Zombie Dukes of Hazzard
    The Six Million Dollar Zombie
    Space Zombie 1999

    And one spinoff movie Zombie classic

    Smokey and the Zombie

  • gerry

    i’m in agreement with some that i think it may be too late at this point. yeah, the series is on a high but eventually that high will come down.

  • Carl

    It might be good, but I can’t help but think that AMC is freaked out that two of its three marquee shows are ending within the next year (Breaking Bad and Mad Men) without any of its new shows being a hit, so it went to the oldest trick in the book, making spin-offs (both this show and Better Call Saul), in a desperate attempt to keep viewers.

  • Kurt

    Survivor: Zombie Island
    So You Think You Can Walk Dead?
    The Dead Zone – Part Deux

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    AMC after the ends of Breaking Bad and Mad Men is going to become “The Walking Dead Network”.

    This show is going to be like the original series, bad acting, lack of character development and awful writing erros.

    But it’s going to be a HUGE success

  • rob60990

    YAWN. AMC running low on ideas.

  • Nothing But Cancellation


  • CBSviewer

    I’d like to see spin-off with the Governor ! But I know it won’t happen :(

  • Ser Tahu

    Interesting. I’m really hoping it involves Lee and Clementine (the characters from the video game) :P.

  • Katherine

    This spin off is a great idea, is the number one show and the fans want to see more, it probably wont be as good as the original, but I think it would be a great show, I just hope they focus on a global perspective.

  • Pyxee

    @Ser Tahu
    I don’t think they will do anything involving them. Looks to be a completely original property. I would love to see some cameos though. If they can have Glen in the game, Maybe this new show can have Clem, Christa and Omid make an appearance. Or if we take characters from the game that could really be expanded Molly would be a pretty awesome pick.

  • huldu

    If the second half of season 3 is what’s next for TWD, it’ll end up being like True Blood. It was so bad it shocked me.

  • Sam

    Nice, It may get repetitive though. Considering a show during a zombie apocalypse can’t really be that different from another. They’ll fight zombie and fight each other.

  • Paul

    Deceased of San Francisco

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