[TV] BREAKING: “The Walking Dead” Spin Off Is Official!

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While I sit here each season and lament on how terrible AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has become, a lot of you dear readers love it – and I respect that. It’s such a special time in our lives being that we can actually watch a high-profile zombie series weekly on our television. So, with the news of a “The Walking Dead” companion piece, I celebrate – for two reasons. One, because it’s great for horror, two, because it’s a chance for redemption. AMC is known for astounding dramas, including “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” thus, there’s no reason “The Walking Dead” shouldn’t be a top Emmy contender. Redemption is upon us.

Variety reports that AMC announced Monday morning that it is developing a companion series to its hit show, “The Walking Dead.”

The proposed new series would come from “Walking Dead” comics creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert.

The companion series has a target on-air date of 2015.

In a release, 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.

Kirkman added, “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.

AMC announced last week a spinoff show from its other big hit, “Breaking Bad,” which would actually be a prequel focused on Bob Odenkirk’s memorable character, Saul Goodman.

Season four of “Walking Dead” premieres on October 13.

  • Valostar

    AMC is getting greedy, Robert Kirkman’s getting greedy, it’s just leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Back when the show was first starting he was still saying “The Walking Dead is all about Rick and Carl and their group, and I’m not interested in exploring other parts of the world or other groups.” Now that we’re about to start a fourth season, and the show has boosted the sales of the comic, and made the guy millions he’s like “Oh I’m so excited to finally start exploring the universe more with no strings to a comic storyline” Ugh

    • wildgator25

      It’s not so much the greed that concerns me; I’m just worried that more story-lines will get that “mailed in” feel. Kirkman wants the majority of creative control, but I feel he is beginning to spread himself much too thin. Between Video Games, Comics (not only The Walking Dead, he has others), TV, and probably the inevitable movie(s), that’s a bit too much for one person. He should’ve taken the JK Rowling approach, imo.

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    While I sit here each season and lament on how terrible AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has become, a lot of you dear readers love it – and I respect that.

    umm, no you dont. rarely does a walking dead article go by that either you or dickson report the news without bashing the show in the process. this happens with other shows too and hearing the negative opinions gets old. i come to this site to read news reports and if i wanted an opinion id read the reviews. its off putting for readers and eventually people will stop coming to this site. im seriously considering it. you cant really take the high road and act like a critic then turn around and give glowing reviews to seriously atrocious movies like any childs play sequel, evil dead remake etc.

    • CravingYourFlesh

      I 100% agree. I was thinking the same thing the second I read this post.

    • Nightflyre9

      Yes! This is the same site that had the nerve to give the atrociously bad Evil Dead remake glowing accolades. For that alone, Bloody-Disgusting’s credibility and taste level are in serious question. I happen to think The Walking Dead is a great show. No, it’s not perfect, but what is? And it’s doing much better things for the horror genre than, um . . . Curse of Chucky. You need to pull your heads out of your asses. And fast.

  • Canucklehead

    Everything runs its course. The book seems to lurch now from event to event with little seeming to tie it all together. Here’s hoping the spin off gives AMC a chance to tell a new story.

    • Polsdofer

      “Here’s hoping the spin off gives AMC a chance to tell a new story.”

      That is their intention and pretty much the whole reason they are doing the spin off. Look’s like you get you wish.

      • weresmurf

        Absolutely. Personally Im excited by this prospect. All new characters, NOT linked to the comics, you don’t have *any* idea of what’s coming… to me it’s a great opportunity for the show to shed the shackles of the comic and finally give us something it CAN be rather than something it’s held back from *being* by its association with the comics.

        • Canucklehead

          @were…Exactly. I don’t want to see one shred of the previous story or book in this. I want to see something fresh and original. Chances I get this? Not so good

  • Evan3

    Boy, the show alone has a hard enough time keeping narrative momentum. I can’t imagine that this will be an improvement (but maybe they won’t procrastinate as much when they aren’t as beholden to the comics).

  • E.V.-Suicide

    I’m not sure if I should be stoked about the Spin off, I have hard time keeping my interest as is. I don’t know maybe this might be a way to redeem themselves. I guess we will all find out soon enough