AMC Network has announced that it has given the green light to a spin-off series for "The Walking Dead" and that it has placed an order initially for two seasons. The untitled new series will serve as a companion series to the popular post-apocalyptic horror drama.
The new show, to be set in Los Angeles will air the first batch of six episodes in late summer of 2015, and the 13-episode second season in 2016. The show will focus on new characters and and storylines. Some of the main cast members of the show have been revealed by AMC blog to be Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey.
The show was created in response to questions regarding how the apocalypse affected other parts of the world. AMC president Charlie Collier explains: "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".
"The Walking Dead" is a re-imagination of the comic book series of the same name, and follows a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. In January, an unconfirmed leaked script of the upcoming show's pilot had teased that spin-off would serve as a prequel to "The Walking Dead", and show the early days of the zombie crisis.
"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," the executive producer for the spin-off series reveals.
Once the show premieres in the US, AMC Global, the international AMC-branded television network will make it available to the rest of the world within 24 hours.