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“The Walking Dead” Gets Season 9 Renewal and New Showrunner

“The Walking Dead” Gets Season 9 Renewal and New Showrunner

Despite the show’s well publicized ratings troubles, “The Walking Dead” is still kicking ass for AMC, so it should come as no surprise that it’s been renewed once again.

We’ve learned today that not only has “The Walking Dead” been renewed for Season 9, but there’s also been a big time behind the scenes shakeup. Angela Kang, “who has been a writer on the show since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013,” has been promoted to exec producer/showrunner, with her run beginning in Season 9.

Meanwhile, current showrunner Scott M. Gimple has also been promoted, into the new position of “chief content officer” for the entire “Walking Dead” franchise.

This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, Sundance TV, and AMC Studios. “We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction.”

Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” will premiere in late 2018.



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  • Moocher Films (Moocher Films)

    Really? they promoted Gimple? Maniacs.

  • jasonlives1986

    Was excited by the headline but then found out gimble is still in charge.

    Show died under him and has never recovered

  • Silhouetters

    Anything after Series One is garbage.

    • Matt P

      The series peaked with the pilot episode and few blips aside has been had a gently sloping downward trend ever since. Still, I continue to watch every week so I can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.

  • Steven Stefanik

    Why? gimple ruined it.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      my theory is that the hindu or muslim guy that carl got hurt saving was a a way to keep ratings up coz Gabriel and his Christianity was losing other religion viewers so they needed quickly shift another religion into it so they got the muslim dude in it and now Gabriel is gonna die and out way we got the muslim in his place. they did same with Glenn killed off the Asian then suddenly @ the old guy’s sancturary place they got in another Asian. They been doing it with blacks all thru series T-Bone the original black got killed suddenly another replaces him then that ones dies and a new one sprouts out the ground keeps happening

      • Matt P

        They seem to be making an effort to showcase diversity by including characters from multiple races, lifestyles, religions, etc. Feels a little clumsy and obvious at times but I wouldn’t read into it more than that.

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          we had like five gay/lesbian people in the main group at once so yes.

  • I like the Walking Dead as I watch it every Sunday it comes out. To be fair though, it could really be better than what it is with better writers. Gimple…should me a demotion, not a promotion.

  • Pepe

    I stopped watching during the Governor seasons when I saw Mexicans working on his lawn. Like really? Even in the fake ass zombie apocalypse future, someone in charge of that show felt the need to put Mexicans working on a white man’s lawn? The show had the same boring formula anyway. A good opening 2 minutes to catch your attention followed by 56 minutes of borefest and commercials, then ending with 2 minutes of something exciting again to keep you coming back for the next episode.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      they killed carl coz they wanna skip ahead in future when rick is gray bearded but they cant age Carl’s actor as he will still look same age so they needed him gone they can age the baby tho just replace her with a teen actresss

      • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

        That’d be the first time his age actually made sense. He’s only supposed to be like 12 right now since we’re only 2 1/2 years since the premier episode. I think it’s more about justifying Rick not killing Negan when all this war is over. It makes no sense with everything that has happened up until this point without Carl’s death resonating with Rick to not kill him.

    • zombie84_41

      season 5 was the best season of this shit show

  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    No thanks. Killing Carl was fucking stupid and the show consistently adapts the comics poorly. There’s literally no reason to go and experience this inferior version of the thing I love. Fuck you Scott Gimple, you suck.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      they keeping him alive like bub a firiendly zombie

      • zombie84_41

        if they do that show be even more stupid

    • 99ϢƋƳƧ2ĐǁҼ

      They won’t kill Carl, he’ll be immune.

  • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Angela Kang! Oh woe is me. This isn’t a good move.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      am i suppose to know her lol

      • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

        She’s been writing on the show since season 3, personally, I think she’s one of the better writers they have. I’m curious what staff changes,if any she’ll make.

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          ah ok im not deeply into it, i watched season 1 to 3 long ago in one month sitting so it al blurs together.

        • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Season 2 actually. And as the series has progressed she has written more episodes in each season. In what are regarded by many as the weakest seasons, 7 and 8, she wrote 5 from season 7 (30%) and 3 so far of season 8 (nearly half).

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    aka they listened to fans booted that twat out. listen to George Romero bring the original wd guys back

  • Hash-Slinging Slasher

    The decision to anchor the characters down in Alexandria and battle surrounding communities was the worst decision of the series.

  • zombie84_41

    great so gimple the pimple is still on board and higher power means more shitastic seasons to come what a shame.

  • llcc1103

    Ugh for a second I thought gimple was fired.

  • Calvin

    Was excited by the headline but then found out gimble is still in charge.Show died under him and has never recovered

    • Mister B

      Did you just copy/paste jasonlives1986’s comment? Or are you the same person?

      • jasonlives1986

        What is this shit. Definitely not the same person.

  • RedNeoCon

    “chief content officer”.

    I’m still amazed that AMC thinks that this show will go another 50 years on television or whatever the fuck it is they think. This show has about 4-5 seasons left at the most.

    • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I suppose it will go for however long AMC are willing to finance it. Currently, it’s still a ratings juggernaut, and making money hand over fist. If AMC are willing to finance it, it will go on. 5, 10, 15… plus seasons.

      I can’t see some of the main characters remaining. Actors generally want to move on to other things at some point. The series can survive that though.

      • RedNeoCon

        I have to disagree on all points.

        Ratings juggernaut? It is winning, but the competition that night isn’t staggering. It’s ratings are down 40% from last year and it has tied Season 2 as the lowest ever. The problem is that it is losing fans. People no longer tune in to watch and are likely to pirate or stream the episode later which cuts out the ratings/advertiser cash flow.

        I agree the main characters that live on, but seriously at some point these people have to run out of ammunition and automatic assault rifles at some point.

    • sliceanddice

      The Guaridan had an article for AMCs pans for a walkign dead channel. :S

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    I just farted.

    • Necro

      Haha! WTF!

    • EmPleH

      I’m still waiting for the Munchie sequel, Munchie Hangs Ten!

      • Munchie Strikes Back

        Me too! Let’s get Wynorski on the phone and tell him he has to stop making soft-core CGI crapfests and bring Munchie back. For all of us.

  • CONAN Ayatollah of Jack & Cola

    as soon as it loses $ it will be over and not a second before. Deal with it crybabies.

  • Gene

    ah ok im not deeply into it, i watched season 1 to 3 long ago in one month sitting so it al blurs together.

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    huh? i’m not against it. its just something I noticed. maybe you read it wrong? or i worded it wrong. duno. i just noticed that they are losing views from specific religions so they gotta shift in other religions to get them to stay coz it was turning into an all Christian show (havent seen Gabriel just be Godly in each ep? it prob pissed off the muslims) also didnt notice when TBone died a domnio of blacks came and went? and they only showed up once the last one died? or is it just me?

    • Satanzilla

      You did what? You “noticed that they are losing views from specific religions?” How did you come to “notice” that?

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        twitter uproar

        • Satanzilla

          Uproar on twitter means thousands of retweets. Examples please?

          Oh and by the way even if that’s true (and of course it’s not), “Twitter uproar” does not equal lost viewers.

          • DJ sTikInsEkT

            put it this way. as an atheist you can watch DRACULA or EXORCIST and its entertainment, you don’t get offended. In the movie you accept it as the bible, just a fable, just a story book, not real life. within the universe there is Good.. and there is Bad.. and they use Good to fight Bad. in this case its Jesus to defeat the evil entitites. well its all just fantasy fun..

            IF a jew saw a movie with xmas tree they’d freak out and hyperventilate. if a muslim saw a movie with a preacher in white collar holding a bible they’d get mad and turn it off.

            from a non believer like you, you can watch ANY religion or religious symbols in movie and accept it as part of the movie. A highly dedicated religious person seeing another religion is like me spitting in your face.

  • David.

    I will still watch as I hate abandoning shows I have watched since day 1 but I have lost so much interest in this series in the last 3 seasons. Where I used to watch and be hooked every week this latest season has been a chore, so many characters that I just don’t care about and I can’t stand Negan he’s not scary or intimidating just annoying and the less said about the trash community the better!

    • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I don’t have a problem with Negan. I will agree with you wholeheartedly with the trash community. I have no clue as to why they speak as they do, it’s only been a few years since the outbreak.

    • Necro

      Yeah David I’m a day one fan myself. About a 10 days ago now I went back to the very beginning and started over, that’s something I haven’t done since the show began. Man what a difference, especially the first 3 seasons. I mean it was “must see tv” when it was during that time! I mean I remembered stuff that had happened, but the way they used to just punch you in the face with it, excellent storytelling! Also when big things happened back then it happened so random like season 3 episode 4 when two MAJOR survivor characters got taken out in one episode! Now it’s become so predictable to the point where you can basically just watch the season opener, mid-season finale, and the season finale and you’re pretty much ok and the other 13 episodes are just filler. In the early days like I said “must see tv”! With all the problems with the show nowadays the one I’d fix or change if I could only pick one, would be you never know what’s going to happen from week to week, make it unpredictable again, make it to where no characters are safe. The thing that makes me scratch my head the most is with all the aforementioned things I said that used to make this show great, they did this with a much smaller cast of characters compared to what they have running around now! You would think it would be the other way around. I mean hell they could kill off 8 people an episode for an entire season and still have enough leftover!

  • 99ϢƋƳƧ2ĐǁҼ

    I’ve forcefully made myself watch the last couple of seasons hoping that it will get better but it hasn’t. Everything about the show is bad… Gimple, the storytelling, Gimple, the acting, Gimple, the music, Gimple. I’ll still watch next season because my fan side Is still hoping the show will get better, like it use to be, but if it doesn’t I don’t know if I’ll be back after that.

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    confirmed it with my mind because it was getting very preachy and chrsitian with praying and churches. so they shifted in other religions to not piss off all people. also they did get mad on twitter cant find it because it was all in middle eastern text

    • Satanzilla

      I actually feel sorry for you

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        but you remembr Rick and the rest all praying in the church? wouldnt that make you get mad if your watching TWD with your family of hindu kids when you spend all your time living in usa to sway them away and stay strong hindus and even in school when they forced to sing hyms you gotta write a note to get them out of it

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