Incredible nerd news today. The AMC Network (Mad Med, Breaking Bad) has ordered up 6 episodes of The Walking Dead, committing beyond the pilot we told you about back in January.
The Walking Dead is a comic book series that was created by Robert Kirkman. To digress for a moment, if you haven’t been reading this series then you are seriously missing out. It’s not about Zombies popping out of no where to give us a good scare. No, it’s a rich, smart, character driven story about what happens when a group of people are forced to survive in a world ruled by the dead. It’s filled with great moments of suspense, psychological terror and gut wrenching loss. It’s just a superbly written series that raises the bar on the Zombie genre and makes us realize why we read comics in the first place. Anyway, the monthly black and white comic is certainly worthy of getting adapted into a television series. AMC certainly sees the potential as well. Ordering 6 episodes, a full season, with out even gauging response from the pilot tells us that the scrip must be pretty F’N incredible.
The cable channel is planning on launching the new series during its Fearfest week, which usually runs during the Halloween week of October.