AMC Announces ‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off Series for 2015

By September 16, 2013
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Just under a week after hearing that AMC was planning to keep the world of “Breaking Bad” alive with the prequel spin-off series “Better Call Saul” starring Bob Odenkirk, the network has revealed yet another attempt to keep their most valuable entities alive for even longer.

AMC just sent out a press release announcing development on a companion series to “The Walking Dead,” entering its fourth season this fall. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert will all executive produce the new series which is currently targeting a premiere date sometime in 2015. Here’s what Kirkman had to say about their new undead endeavor:

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.

Honestly, the idea of seeing another story set in this same universe without being a slave to the comic storyline fans have enjoyed is fairly enticing. There’s always the chance this companion series could end up being a little more action-packed and not exactly like the current series. It would be interesting to follow some sort of military outfit in the wake of the viral outbreak or something along those lines.

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But no matter how this new series turns out, this just feels like a desperate move by AMC, seemingly unaware of what to do with their original programming as most of their hit series come to an end. “Low Winter Sun” has been underperforming, “Hell on Wheels” isn’t a runaway hit, and it’s unclear how audiences will respond to forthcoming new series like “Halt & Catch Fire,” “Turn,” and “Line of Sight.”

We’re hoping this doesn’t mean that some sort of “Mad Men” spin-off is underway, but we wouldn’t be surprised at this point. Right now it seems like AMC is losing out to FX with their new dramas like “The Americans” and “The Bridge” really getting the right kind of attention. There’s always the chance that these new spin-off series could yield some high quality television, but for now, we’re cautiously optimistic about this new venture. Meanwhile, the original “The Walking Dead” returns for its fourth season on Sunday, October 13th.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.