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.