AMC Gives Fear the Walking Dead a Return Date (and Turn: Washington's Spies, Too)


AMC took its turn on the stage of the Television Critics Association winter press tour and it came armed with premiere dates, series orders, and more. And only one of those shows features zombies!

Fear the Walking Dead, whose title still irks me like I'm supposed to be afraid of a hit TV show or something, will be back for its second season on Sunday, April 10 at 9pm. The new season will be 15 episodes long—up from the six of Season 1—and be split in two halves. Seven will air in the spring, and the final eight will air "later in 2016." How many of those episodes will take place on a boat, we don't know. But what we do know is that each episode will be followed by an episode of Talking Dead because Chris Hardwick just doesn't have enough going on his life. 

In non-zombie news, Season 3 of Turn: Washington's Spies, a Revolutionary War drama, will debut Monday, April 25 at 10pm. And there's your annual reminder that Turn: Washington's Spies exists and that it was renamed Turn: Washington's Spies

On the new show front, the six-episode miniseries The Night Manager starts its shift on Tuesday, April 19 at 10pm. I'm not quite sure how to make this sound exciting and not super-British so I'll just pull the quote from the press release: "A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré's espionage drama, the series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade." Okay!

AMC also handed out a series order for The Son, an adaptation of Philipp Meyer's 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist novel. It will tell the story of a man named Eli McCullough through two timelines: one where he is a young man kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches in 1849 and the other 60 years later when Eli is struggling to keep his family's cattle business afloat during the Bandit Wars of South Texas.

Are you ready for 15 episodes of Fear the Walking Dead in 2016?


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Jan 11, 2016
From the casting alone I'll give The Night Manager a chance! The writers would deserve to be tortured by Loki if they manage to F this up!
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Jan 10, 2016
I binged FtWD when it was on recently. I even looked forward to it, thinking we were probably too hard on the show when it originally aired.
I was wrong. We were too forgiving of a show crammed full of plot holes, flawed logic, unlikable people, and ridiculous dialogue, "I must remain in constant motion".
And yet I'll be there like an idiot to watch these people I hate so much when the show begins again. I probably won't last the whole episode run, though. I seriously dislike everyone. You know it's bad when the most enjoyable character is a drug enthusiast whose wardrobe choices seem to run from women's blouses to old-man hobo clothes.
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Jan 10, 2016
I'm up for current Le Carre transition to screen, time has improved them imho and certainly the cast eg. The Constant Gardner and Tinker Tailor...

I also love how nearly any author that has some experience or employment with British Intelligence agencies ends up pessimistic and callous in writing how their spy characters are chewed up and used for the benefit of Queen and country.

At least if bodies drop in spy stories the purpose is not to involve some quirky detective to show the police how to solve crimes and do their jobs. I'll be front row for this show and Turn, need to know what's gonna happen with Abe and his new buddy Robert Rogers.
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Jan 09, 2016
I thought the first 3 episodes of FTWD were pretty interesting, but it probably should have been incorporated as occasional flashbacks for characters (old and new) in the original to continue showing us how those characters were affected by the societal meltdown at the start and we see more of what happened at the beginning as well. For me, Fear just rushed it a bit, got bogged down in the neighborhood lockdown, and went off the rails with the prison to that coast house business, which seemed like a dead end of some kind - pun not intended as I thought that. The getting to the boat, if that is what's next, and whatever happens with that seems like an even more boring idea.
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Jan 09, 2016
After a couple of FTWD episodes, I just gave up on it.

15 would just be torture.
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Jan 09, 2016
The only thing i truly feared last year was a second season of FtWD, only horror show that gave me nightmares!
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Jan 09, 2016
I really like TURN and can't await it's return.
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Jan 09, 2016
15 episodes??? oh god

And in April??? way too soon

I may have to quit this show - it was AWFUL
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Jan 09, 2016
I quit it after one season can't be arsed rather watch Gotham lol
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Jan 09, 2016
Funnily enough - i'd rather watch FTWD than Gotham - another show i am thinking of quitting - terrible, terrible show
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Jan 10, 2016
Gotham sort of show you watch when you drunk LOL
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Jan 09, 2016
Wow! People, who watch FtWD crapshow really exist? That's quite... special.
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Jan 09, 2016
"I'm not quite sure how to make this sound exciting and not super-British".

LOKI's in it!

There. It's still super-British, but it's Tom Hiddleston.
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Jan 09, 2016
Calm down, he's not going anywhere and april will be here before you know it, meanwile have some tea and crumpets ;)
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Jan 09, 2016
TURN is actually pretty good (forget the name). Can't wait.
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Jan 09, 2016
OK. I thought Fear The Walking Dead was really cancelled. For me one of the top 5 worse shows of the year.
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Jan 09, 2016
Yes!!! I love Turn, and the second season was a vast improvement over the first.
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Jan 09, 2016
Baby, you had me at T. Hiddy. And sounding British is not a bad thing. There's a lot else to like about The Night Manager, looking forward to that.

Keep meaning to give Turn another shot. I think I made it through the first season, and I really like some of the actors.

I have not watched (and will not be watching) anything walking dead related. iZombie is as far as I'll go, and that's because it treats zombies with the level of gravity they deserve.
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Jan 09, 2016
If I'm not already a zombie, I will be by this time next year. Not looking forward to "Fear" but I will watch at least the first few eps to see if it's an improvement of season 1 (yawn!). I actually read an article today that hinted at the possibility of yet another TWD spin-off. That is a scary thought!
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Jan 09, 2016
Here's the thing... Am I excited about Fear The Walking Dead? Not even a little bit. But I'll happily watch it anyway, cause I'm ALWAYS going to watch zombie related stuff.

What I am excited for though? MORE TALKING DEAD! I'm so happy there will be twice as much Talking Dead. That show is EVERYTHING! Best after show ever!
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Jan 09, 2016
You definitely need professional help.
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Jan 09, 2016
Wait, is the Night Manager on AMC? I'll watch anything with Tom HIddleston in it. Also, 15 episodes of Fear the Walking Dead seems like way too many considering that the first six episodes weren't that good.
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Jan 09, 2016
Ha ha, putting my show in parentheses! I'm a good sport, but when I told Capt. Simcoe, he wasn't amused...



The wig: the real reason we left England!
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Jan 09, 2016
One of the best villains on current television.
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Jan 09, 2016
Yeah that and he's a psychopath too
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Jan 09, 2016
I hope this season is not slow paced but if my maths is correct, we will have 15 weeks non-stop Walking Dead. I can't deny myself that pleasure.
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Jan 09, 2016
Meanwhile the show is more a bit like "Fear Fear the Walking Dead," but it shows promises... of giving us extra seasons of TWD, just with different people.
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Jan 09, 2016
I totally agree with you.
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