AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spinoff is officially a go.
The cable network announced Monday, March 9, that it has given a two-season order to the still-untitled series, with the first six-episode season set to launch in late summer. Season 2 will debut in 2016.
The so-called companion series, which will be set in Los Angeles and feature totally new characters, stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey.
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” executive producer Robert Kirkman said in a statement. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
Added AMC prez Charlie Collier: “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. 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.”