AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Sets Premiere Date, Releases Trailer

AMC has set an Aug. 23 premiere date for “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to cable’s top-rated series of all time, “The Walking Dead.”

The six-episode first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” will air in the weeks leading into the sixth-season premiere of “The Walking Dead,” which will return on Oct. 11. Both premiere dates were announced Friday at Comic-Con Intl. in San Diego.

AMC Global channels around the world will debut “Fear the Walking Dead” simultaneously with the U.S. premiere, and will then re-air in local time zones during primetime.

In the States, the Aug. 23 start date will allow the spinoff to air for a few weeks without regular-season NFL competition, as the first “Sunday Night Football” game on NBC is scheduled for Sept. 13. A special “Talking Dead” episode will precede the “Fear the Walking Dead” premiere.

“Fear the Walking Dead,” set in Los Angeles and featuring new characters and storylines than “Walking Dead,” was handed a straight-to-series, two-season order by AMC in March. Season two is slated for 2016.

Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey will star in the spinoff, which is exec produced by Robert Kirkman and his “Walking Dead” team, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. Dave Erickson will exec produce and serve as showrunner. Erickson and Kirkman co-created and co-wrote the pilot.


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  1. FearTWD says:

    The trailer was too long for me. Hope new show will not be the bad clone of “The Walking Dead”

  2. Kevin says:

    Going as far back as “I Love Lucy”, most very popular and/or long-running American TV series that make the geographic move from east to west with the same overall cast of stars or a new spin-off cast usually
    struggle through or get cancelled in the first season. With extremely rare exceptions such as “Frazier” or “NCIS: Los Angeles”, no other spin-off shows readily come to mind that survive this rule-much less strike
    ratings gold with viewers-and have a run of several seasons or more like their parent series.
    A New York to L.A. move especially proves to be nothing less than ratings roulette. The “Law & Order” off-shoot “Law & Order: Los Angeles” barely aired several episodes before it got the axe. Not to say that
    show was ill-conceived or poorly executed by any means, but “Law & Order: SVU” soon became such a
    runaway favorite that it actually eclipsed the popularity of the beloved and revered holy grail of crime-
    drama shows from which it spawned-not to mention the superbly done “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and a couple of other short-lived Big Apple sibling-shows along the way that audiences simply weren’t feeling.
    You don’t have to look any further than the freshman season of HBO’s “True Detective” to realize that
    there’s almost no following the tour de force performances of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaghey
    in that masterpiece of uber gritty crime noir. What a major letdown it was when it was divulged that neither of them would be coming back for the second season.
    And as nearly universally lauded by both critics and fans as this show and everyone involved in it’s production was, the truest star of the show was definitely the visceral creepiness of the starkly remote and foreboding boonies of the Louisiana locales. That same atmospheric persona permeates throughout “The Walking Dead” area settings in Atlanta. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about a show focusing on people who are gruesomely murdered by monstrous people or one involving people who are horrifically murdered by monsters that used to be people. The three most crucial rules of real estate also apply here-
    location, location, location.
    The Los Angeles setting just isn’t nearly a compelling enough backdrop in the two second-season epi- sodes of “True Detective” that I’ve seen. As much as I enjoyed the entire first season of that show, “The
    Walking Dead” is currently my absolute favorite show as well as that of a multitude of millions of others
    throughout the world. Unfortunately, all of the same folks making this spin-off will probably suffer a fate
    at the hands of extremely disgruntled fans that is very similar to that of the buffet of hapless humans over the years on the original series-being eaten alive.

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