AMC is running to get more of The Walking Dead.
Deadline reports that the cable channel has ordered two seasons of the as-yet-untitled The Walking Dead spin-off series based on the recently completed pilot episode. While ordering two seasons at once might seem unprecedented, the first season will only consist of six hour-long episodes.
“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.”
The new The Walking Dead companion series will be set in Los Angeles and feature new characters unaffiliated with the original series, led by Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens. The new series is scheduled to debut in "late summer" according to Deadline, with the second season coming in 2016.