‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff Just Got Renewed for a Second Season
Apparently, the release schedule will follow the model of the first two seasons of The Walking Dead: The first season will consist of just six episodes, leading into a second season with a larger episode order. The show, which is being created under the working title of Cobalt, will premiere this summer, while season two is expected later in 2016.
Basically, this release schedule will allow AMC to fill in the gaps between seasons of The Walking Dead with more zombie-riffic content. However, the show isn’t expected to crossover with the parent series in any significant fashion, since 1) it’s set in Los Angeles, roughly 2000 miles away from where Rick and company have spent the past five seasons, and 2) it’s a prequel, taking place during the time in which Rick is in a coma. So this will be a lot closer to the start of the initial zombie outbreak than The Walking Dead.
The cast for the show will include Gang Related star Cliff Curtis in the role of the male lead, while Gone Girl/House of Cards star Kim Dickens will play the female lead. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey are also in the cast. Adam Davidson will direct the pilot, which will be co-written by showrunners Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson.
But why did AMC decide on two seasons, sight unseen? The president of AMC addressed the matter directly:
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the No. 1 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,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in making the announcement Monday. “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.”
Robert Kirkman is clearly stoked about this, as the franchise he created continues to take over not just cable TV, but all of television:
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “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.”
Of course, if this somehow bombs right out of the gate, I’m not sure what AMC is going to do exactly. But really, this is a series that is going to be given every chance to succeed.