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AMC Is Developing A 'Walking Dead' Spin-Off Series (But What's It Going To Be About?)

Television
by Tambay A. Obenson
September 16, 2013 11:44 AM
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As someone who owns stock in AMC Networks, I can understand a move like this, from a shareholder's POV. But from an audience's/fan's perspective, I'm not so sure.

AMC Network's stock has been in a bit of a slump lately, since their last earning's report, and some analysts are predicting ratings struggles ahead for the company's flagship network, AMC TV (they also own the Sundance Channel, IFC and WEtv), because 2 of its most successful series - Breaking Bad and Mad Men, are both going into their final seasons on the network (Break Bad is already underway; Mad Men returns next summer). And also, its new series, Low Winter Sun, doesn't seem to have really caught fire with viewers yet. Although that doesn't mean it's down and out for the count. 

So today's news isn't at all a surprise to me. It's a no-brainer actually: milk your most popular series.

AMC announced today via press release that the network is in the initial stages of developing a spin-off to The Walking Dead, its most successful brand, currently the #1 show on television among adults.

No word on what exactly the plot line for this spin-off will be, but, as Charlie Collier, AMC's GM says, “... We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

So it sounds like it'll obviously remain within the Walking Dead zombie apocalypse universe. Hopefully it won't just follow another group of survivors.

Keep in mind that the network has already announced a spin-off series of its other popular series, Breaking Bad, which will be based on the Saul Goodman lawyer character, with the working title being Better Call Saul.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers, with AMC Studios set to produce. 

The spin-off series has a target debut date of during the 2015 TV season.

Season four of The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 13

In addition to Low Winter Sun, AMC recently greenlit two new drama series for 2014, Halt & Catch Fire and Turn. The network today began shooting a new pilot, Line Of Sight, directed and executive produced by Jonathan Demme.

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3 Comments

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 20, 2013 8:38 PMReply

    Like Tammi said on Twitter "@TLaTela: #WalkingDead Spinoff, maybe. If it's a quest about what happened to all the Black folks from Atlanta, definitely."

  • Miles Ellison | September 16, 2013 9:59 PMReply

    Some of the moves AMC has made are curious to say the least. They played hardball with the creators of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the two best shows on the network. Mad Men was off for one entire season because of a contract dispute with Matthew Weiner where they wanted him to fire cast members and shorten episodes so that more commercials could be shown. They forced Breaking Bad into a reduced final season, and the producers actually threatened to shop the show to another network. They initially canceled The Killing after one season, practically admitting that it was crap, then brought it back for 2 more seasons before canceling it again. There are rumors that Low Winter Sun is going to be canceled. The ratings are plummeting. Many Breaking Bad fans were angry that they had to watch Low Winter Sun in order to see Breaking Bad previews. Low Winter Sun is a pretty good show, but it's vastly inferior to similar shows that are or have already been on FX (The Shield, The Bridge, Justified), or HBO (The Wire). The Walking Dead has been popular in spite of AMC. They've fired several showrunners and have mishandled the development of one of the comic's pivotal characters. I think that AMC is lucky that many of the viewers providing the high ratings for this show haven't read the comics. AMC is now pushing reality crap like Small Town Security, which might increase their audience in the short term, but will turn the network into a second rate VH-1 once the audience that made Breaking Bad and Mad Men successes leave.

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 17, 2013 3:15 PM

    Very well said Miles!

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