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Season Of The Spinoffs – ‘The Walking Dead’ To Receive Companion Series

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AMC is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to its original  drama series “The Walking Dead” to be executive produced by the  “Walking Dead” team’s Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

The new series has a target on-air date of 2015. It helps AMC fill gaps  created by the exit of “Breaking Bad” this year and “Mad Men” next year. The  network is already planning a “Breaking Bad” spin-off, “Better Call Saul.”

The “Walking Dead” companion show makes sense because the zombie drama is the  top-rated scripted show on TV, and focuses on only a small corner of a  zombie-infested world. The companion show can dramatically expand the scope of  that world.

“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.”

Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Oct. 13.

 

 

By Tim Molloy

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