If you cast your mind back a few years, to The Walking Dead pilot - Days Gone Bye - then you may remember that Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes woke up and things were the way they were. What happened before? How did it all kick off? Well, those questions will be answered in the previously announced The Walking Dead companion series, that will begin this Summer.
That's right, folks. This evening, it has been revealed that the 6 episode long first season of The Walking Dead spin-off/prequel series will be airing on AMC this Summer! Better yet, it has received a two season order so will have a second season following in 2016 - which will, most likely, consist of thirteen or so episodes, depending on the first season's success. Set in Los Angeles, the companion will follow the events before The Walking Dead's pilot, Days Gone Bye, and will answer questions like how did the apocalypse come to be.
On top of all this news, AMC have debuted the first official image from the currently untitled The Walking Dead's sister series and it puts the spotlight on Cliff Curtis' Sean Cabera, a school teacher, Kim Dickens' Nancy, who is seeing Sean romantically and also works at the same school as him, and Frank Dilane's Nick, Nancy's son. Very little is known about the show but with this information and first still now out, we can expect to hear some more details soon.
Check out the first official image below:
And, here's the full press release on the show, for those interested:
AMC today announced that it has placed an initial two-season order for a companion series to “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for going on three seasons.
The new series (title to be announced) will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner. The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. 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,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
“This vote of confidence from our partners at AMC is gratifying, to say the least,” Erickson said. “We’ve been blessed with amazing writers and a stellar cast – and we can’t wait to build this apocalyptic drama over the next two seasons and hopefully beyond.”
In addition, AMC Global, the international AMC-branded television network, announced it has acquired the international television rights to the series, which it plans to air within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere. AMC Global launched in late 2014 and is available in over 115 countries and territories throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
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