Are you ready for more zombies? AMC has officially announced its first companion series to The Walking Dead, and it’s set in La La Land!
If you never have enough of The Walking Dead, you’ll be happy to know that all the talk of a companion series has finally been confirmed.
AMC has announced that it has placed an initial two-season order for a companion series to The Walking Dead, the #1 show on television.
The new series (tba) will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and story lines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season is set to air in 2016.
Not much has been revealed about the show’s direction but only that it is based in the same post-apocalyptic zombie world. And judging from the released photo with Kim Dickens, it’s clear these folks have not yet gone through the rigours of surviving the undead.
As announced by AMC, The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert are producers, and the stars revealed are Dickens (Gone Girl, Sons of Anarchy), Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
“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,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “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.”
According to TVLine, the Walking Dead spinoff will focus on two small families as well as another character, comprising the six main characters. There will be the Cabreras, a father and son; the Tompkins, a single mother with two teenaged children; and Andrea Chapman, who is reeling from her own personal tragedy.
The new characters:
SEAN CABRERA | A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.
CODY CABRERA | Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.
NANCY TOMPKINS | A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.
NICK TOMPKINS | Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.
ASHLEY TOMPKINS | Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.
ANDREA CHAPMAN | A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea — yep, another Andrea! — has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.
“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.”
“We’ve been blessed with amazing writers and a stellar cast — and we can’t wait to build this apocalyptic drama over the next two seasons and hopefully beyond,” Erickson said.
What are your thoughts on the new series?