AMC doesn’t even need to build the suspense anymore. Apparently as long as Scott M. Gimple and his crew are willing to make it, the cable channel says it will keep broadcasting The Walking Dead, renewing it for an eighth season.
The news comes a week before the seventh season, with new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan, premieres on AMC.
Charlie Collier, AMC’s president, channeled Morgan’s character, Negan, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Eeny, meeny miny, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”
The next season is slated to launch like the others, in October, just in time for Halloween. Morgan’s bad guy, Negan, already has had fans arguing over the summer, trying to figure out which of the series’ core cast he was going to eliminate.
No one, of course, should be surprised by the renewal, THR said. The Walking Dead continues to rank at the top of adults 18 to 49, a key viewership demographic for advertisers, four years running.
The show has a heavy acting payroll, boasting one of the largest regular casts on television. It does include and has included Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan.
The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series first developed in 2003 by Kirkman and artist Tony Moore.
The series airs Sundays on AMC, with the seventh season premiere slated for Oct. 23.
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