‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Renewed by AMC for Season 4

Fear the Walking Dead
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AMC has renewed “Fear the Walking Dead” for a fourth season. Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg of “Once Upon a Time” have joined the zombie drama as co-showrunners, taking over for Dave Erickson, who stepped down from the role after the end of production on season three, which premieres in June.

Scott M. Gimple, executive producer and showrunner of “The Walking Dead,” from which “Fear spun off, will also become an executive producer of “Fear the Walking Dead.”

“We’re very excited to continue the journey of ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ and truly look forward to working with the talented team of Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, and Scott Gimple,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.

“We are thrilled to be joining ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ and couldn’t be more excited to work alongside the wonderful team at AMC on this show,” said Chambliss and Goldberg.  “We love this universe and are truly honored to have the chance to contribute to it.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” saw a sharp ratings decline in its second season, averaging a 1.83 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.19 million viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers — down 52% in the demo and 45% in viewers from the previous season. Those numbers, however, are more than enough to make it AMC’s second highest rated original scripted series, behind only “The Walking Dead.”

Executive producers for “Fear the Walking dead” are Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, Erickson and Gimple. The series is produced by AMC Studios.

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  1. Not BillUSA says:

    Erickson “stepped down” huh? Sure, Variety.
    Everyone knows the show was dropping viewers left and right, I’m shocked it even got renewed. No one just walks away from an opportunity like this.

  2. LIB32 says:

    Daniel Holloway: The show could not have had a sharp decline in ratings in its “third season” since the third season doesn’t even begin airing for another two months.

    I am surprised that this has been renewed for a fourth season before the third season even airs, given the decline in viewers in season 2. It’s likely to lose even more viewers in the coming season with showrunners from “Once Upon a Time”, which is a total mess of a show. And Scott Gimple needs to focus on fixing they many problems with The Walking Dead that are making viewers abandon that show by the millions (deathly slow pacing without plot advancement, dopey fantasy characters, etc.), not adding another show to his plate.

  3. ECheung says:

    I couldn’t agree more with even the most vicious pans of this show. I’m a big fan of TWD, and I knew these poor writers weren’t up to the task the instant they so soon abandoned [what was pitched to the public as] “the premise” (an exploration of the more early days of the apocalypse) and belly-flopped into the same-old, same-old. Instead of taking their time to discover and dramatize how precisely a robust and well-populated society collapses and virtually disappears, the creator(s) panicked, ran scared (perhaps feeling they were not up to the task!), and churned out preposterous and mind-numbingly stupid characters, hired surprisingly UN-likable actors (with one or two exceptions–unfortunately not the leads), and created story-lines that I still find as cringe-worthy as any walking pile of guts I’ve ever seen on TWD!

  4. Felicia Hardy says:

    This is a truly terrible and nonsensical show. There’s a reason their ratings are in freefall.

    Ruben Blades, the Drug Addict kid, and Strand are the only tolerable characters in a sea of dumb plot and dumb action. Let the zombies eat the rest.

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