Charlie Collier

AMC Announces ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff


In a not shocking, completely unsurprising development, AMC has just announced plans for a companion series to The Walking Dead. Never saw that one coming, right? Especially after their also just announced Breaking Bad prequel series, Better Call Saul.

This new drama is expected to air in 2015 and will follow a totally separate group of survivors from Rick’s. It’ll be executively produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, ensuring fans of The Walking Dead shouldn’t fear this series won’t fall in line with the tone or be of a lesser quality than the original.

As for why AMC has decided to expand on the world of The Walking Dead, AMC’s president and general manager, Charlie Collier, said, “We’d be fucking idiots not to–sorry, no. That’s me reading between the lines. What Collier actually said was, “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer.” Which has the same basic sentiment, really.

Collier added, “It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

Series creator and on whose whim the fate of all The Walking Dead‘s characters rests, Kirkman said of the new series,

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.

I don’t know how Kirkman has managed to keep the excitement surrounding The Walking Dead going after 10 years, but a new playpen filled with new toys should definitely help.

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns October 13th. Pumped by the news of another series set in the zombie filled world? Can AMC sustain two shows with such similar premises? Are we about to hit zombie over-saturation? Or have we already?

Source: Deadline

The Walking Dead and Mad Men are AMC’s biggest successes. These two shows have some very distinct differences, one spills blood while the other pours whisky. Now, Mad Men‘s Don Draper isn’t normally known to be a zombie killer, but he very well be the reason the Walking Dead’s  head zombie left.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the new $10 million-per-season contact AMC has signed with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner may be the true reason Frank Darabont left the Robert Kirkman created series, The Walking Dead.  $10 million dollars for a season of dirty business deals and asshole lead characters, where’s the true justice in that? In doing such a deal AMC was naturally forced to make cuts to other shows, such as $250,000 per episode from the second season of The Walking Dead.

The president of AMC, Charlie Collier, refused to discuss specifics about the connection between the two shows, he denied that Mad Men‘s increase in cost had any effect on other shows:

“We’re investing more than we ever have before. The fact that future seasons of ‘Mad Men’ were going to be expensive is not a surprise to us. We’ve taken some of the most expensive, riskiest shows around and nurtured them and managed to grow our network.”

Fucking bullshit. Each of the six original season one episodes cost $2 million to $2.5 million to make and they never really changed locations for filming. While it may not seem like much to us that quarter of a million dollar cut is like a shot in the head for Frank.

Sadly with AMC owning the Walking Dead there’s really nothing anyone can do about it. Is there?

What do you think? Does this favoritism among shows really seem fair or is it just AMC pumping cash into their cash cow?

Via: /film