‘The Walking Dead’ infects AMC: Rises with new spinoff series

Credits: AMC.com
Credits: AMC.com

The Walking Dead’ infects AMC: Rises with new spinoff series

A new sheriff on AMC rode in and was able to impose a pilot season that made record rating highs for the channel, and kept that posting as it readies into its fourth zombie apocalyptic-telling season.

A new spinoff is hoping pin a star in its showing, the same manner generating for the same genre on the same network.

AMC announces it has greenlit a breakaway series from “The Walking Dead”. The show will revolve around the zombie apocalypse world familiar to television fans and comic book adherents.

“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. “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.”

This will be the second spinoff slated after one of AMC’s platinum-standard series with record-making draws of viewers. The widely popular “Breaking Bad” is finishing its final season, and an official start in shooting commences for a branching “Line of Sight” that centers around the character of lawyer Saul Goodman. Actor Bob Odenkirk reprises his role and takes the starring lead for the series.

The untitled project from “The Walking Dead” will debut in 2015, and is under the executive producer helm of Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

“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,” said Kirkman. “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.”

The fourth season for “The Walking Dead” will air on Oct. 13, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

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