AMC Greenlights WALKING DEAD Companion Pilot, ARROW Casts New Beau for Thea

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AMC Orders Pilot for THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off

The only thing better than one popular show is two popular shows, and AMC is looking to do that as they’ve announced that the previously mentioned spin-off to The Walking Dead has been greenlit for a pilot according to Deadline. The executive producers from the main show, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, will be joined by Dave Erickson (Marco Polo) for this  new series, with Erickson acting as showrunner and co-writer/creator of the new series.

“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” Kirkman told Deadline. “Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.”

When this spin-off was first discussed, Kirkman said that the project was interesting to him for the opportunity to write something complete unconnected from the storyline of The Walking Dead comic series. According to a report by ComicBook.com, at the Amazing Arizona Comicon Kirkman said he sees this second The Walking Dead series as a “companion series” to the first rather than a “spin-off,” noting that none of the characters from the first series are “spinning off” into the new series.

“So I can say that it will be another group of characters, surviving in another part of the world. And it’s not going to use any of the core cast from our show. The show will continue uninterrupted, as if the other show doesn’t exist. But the other show will kind of be its own entity.”
 

CARRIE DIARIES Alum Cast as New Love Interest for ARROW’s Thea

Austin Butler
Austin Butler
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Roy Harper may be stepping up to become Arsenal, but his former girlfriend is stepping up to a new love in her life. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Arrow has enlisted actor Austin Butler (The Carrie Diaries, Yoga Hosers) to a play a new character in Season 3 named Chase. According to THR, Butler’s character is a “charismatic DJ” who begins a business relationship with Thea that becomes personal.

THR doesn’t specify if the Chase character is someone pulled from comics or generated anew by Arrow’s producers, and this brief summary of the character doesn’t match up distinctly with any of DC Comics’ characters.

Although just 23 years of age, Austin Butler is a veteran of television. Beginning in 2005’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and going on to bit parts in Hannah Montana, iCarly and Wizards of Waverly Place, the California actor moved up to be a series regular in 2010’s Life Unexpected, 2011’s Switched at Birth and being the primary love interest of the titular character in The Carrie Diaries. Butler recently finished a role in the forthcoming movie The Intruders alongside Gotham’s Donal Logue, and is currently filming Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers opposite Johnny Depp.

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