The Walking Dead: AMC Orders Pilot for Companion Series

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AMC has been considering adding a companion series to The Walking Dead to their lineup and now, the network has taken the next step towards this, by ordering a pilot episode to be made, according to Entertainment Weekly. The as yet to be named companion series will be set in a different location than The Walking Dead, but not very much else is known about it, as far as where it will be set and who the cast members might be.

The Walking Dead companion series will still be set in the times of the Zombie Apocalypse, which should be good news to fans of Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes (played by English actor, Andrew Lincoln) and Company. Also, at least for the pilot, the same team of people will be behind it. The Walking Dead companion series will be executive produced by Robert Kirkman. David Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd will also take part in ensuring that the new AMC zombie reality series puts the bite on its competition.

Robert Kirkman wrote the pilot script for the new zombie series with Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy). The Walking Dead companion series will, reportedly, shed light on other corners of The Walking Dead universe.

AMC President Charlie Collier has major expectations for the companion series to The Walking Dead. He stated to Entertainment Weekly that everyone involved with the new series is striving to make sure that fans will be in for “something truly compelling, engaging and distinct.”

The Walking Dead has been a consistent ratings success for AMC. In October 2013, the premiere for season four attracted its highest ratings yet, of over 16 million viewers. It often has more than 15 million loyal viewers tuning in to check out what is happening in the lives of their favorite characters, like those of Daryl Dixon, Glenn Rhee and Maggie, Michonne, Carol and Beth.

Season five of The Walking Dead will premiere this October. Netflix has picked up past seasons of this AMC zombie series. Season four will begin streaming on Netflix on September 28.

The Walking Dead (AMC) initially began airing on Halloween night, October 31, 2010. Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes wakes up one day, to a world that is completely different — a world that has been seemingly taken over by the walking dead. It has fans around the globe and has even been received relatively well by most critics.

In a recent interview by AMC in its series of interviews called “Dispatches From the Set,” of Executive Producer David Alpert of The Walking Dead, he stated that the fifth season will see the introduction of a villain who is even more delightfully twisted and evil than The Governor. He is Negan, from the comic book series. Alpert called Negan  “one of the greatest villains ever created.”

The announcement that there will be a pilot made of a companion series to The Walking Dead is definitely exciting news to fans of The Walking Dead. It is already being hyped, but if it has as much success as The Walking Dead, all of the hype will come true. The introduction of the character of Negan is also going to be compelling to watch in the upcoming fifth season of The Walking Dead. Be sure to tune in to AMC this October for the premiere of The Walking Dead‘s fifth season!

Written By Douglas Cobb

Entertainment Weekly
Dispatches From the Set (Interview With David Alpert/AMC blog)

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