Considering that there’s so much uncertainty in the TV business in these days, it’s nice to see that there’s still such a thing as patience. Of course, when you’re the spin-off series to one of the biggest hits on cable, it could be argued that you’ve earned a little good will, which means good news for The Walking Dead‘s as-yet-untitled spin-off. The series will likely feed America’s insatiable appetite for zombie material, and like its mothership series, it will get at least two seasons to convince viewers that there’s a still a lot of fun and adventures to be had in the dessicated remains of the Earth filled with carnivorous cadavers.
Deadline reports that the Los Angeles-based spin-off will bow sometime later this year, likely in the summer, with a six episode run, and will then return in 2016 with a 13-16 episode second season. The pattern follows the roll-out of the original Walking Dead series, which premiered with a six episode run in the fall of 2010, quickly breaking basic cable records for most-watched series.
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “From the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”
The spin-off is created by comic book originator Robert Kirkman and Sons of Anarchy producer Dave Erickson who will also serve as the spin-off’s showrunner. The cast includes Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey. The show is rumored to be called Fear the Walking Dead, but that hasn’t officially been confirmed.
Naturally, there are some great expectations for this new companion series, not just because The Walking Dead is a blockbuster series, but because AMC is enjoying incredible success with the spin-off of another one of it’s flagship shows, Better Call Saul, which is based on characters from Breaking Bad. Between the creative resurgence of Dead in season five, and the practical slam-dunk it’s supposed a series based on the world of The Walking Dead will be, expectations for this new series will be atmospheric when it debuts.
So will Fear the Walking Dead give fans something new to *ahem* chew on when it debuts? Stay tuned.
Source: Geek Tyrant