AMC Orders Pilot for ‘Walking Dead’ Companion Drama

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AMC is moving forward with its long-gestating plan for a “Walking Dead” companion series, greenlighting a pilot penned by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson.

The pilot is set in the same post zombie-apocalypse world as “Walking Dead” (pictured) but features entirely new characters in a different location.

“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill,” Kirkman said. “I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”

Kirkman, creator of the franchise that began as a graphic novel, and Erickson are exec producers with “Walking Dead’s” Gale Ann Hurd and David Alpert. Erickson, an alum of “Sons of Anarchy,” will serve as showrunner on the AMC Studios project expected to begin lensing later this year.

“Walking Dead,” which ranks as primetime’s highest-rated drama series in the adults 18-49 demographic, returns to AMC’s sked Oct. 12 for its fifth season. Given the importance of the franchise to the bottom line of all of AMC Networks, it was only a matter of time before a spinoff series lumbered on to AMC’s air.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the pilot greenlight.

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  1. Lori Friend says:

    I too am excited to hear about this and can’t wait to see what they come up with! I find it hilarious the nay sayers like the obvious “pick a fight” and Steve have rattled off what they have….can they be more boring? Whether or not zombies are your thing, the show has so many facets to it, only those who ARE brain dead refuse to give TWD a chance. I, like Mr. Klein have been a fan since Romero brought them to the screen. Altho, I am only 45 so it had taken watching Dawn of the Dead at a young age at a drive-in (thank you Mom lol) to find zombies VERY scary. I was excited when it was announced that Kirkman et al were bringing his comics to AMC and all my worries they would bring politics and other idiocy into it were shown to be silly. I can’t wait to see what they do with this!

  2. Bill Klein says:

    I’m excited to hear the news about the WALKING DEAD spin-off.. I’ve been a zombie fan since Romero’s Night of the living Dead.(before zombies were popular)… Unfortunately I’ve had to wade through a lost of garbage to catch an occasional good one through the years, But Kirkman’s zombies are TOP NOTCH! I haven’t seen a time line for the shows airing yet, but I’m hoping it will not coincide with the existing Walking Dead, so as to fill up the year more without a long wait between seasons.

  3. pick a fight says:

    Sequel title: the brain dead

  4. Sally says:

    I am a true W.D. Fan,I have seen every episode and truly enjoy all the facets of this complex yet simple to love series. I hope that $$$$ is not the undoing of this unique and very entertaining show. A spin off? I do not see the need to put more meat on the viewer’s plate, please don’t ruin a great thing.

  5. Al says:


  6. Steve says:

    Kirkman is a hack.

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