In what can only be seen as a weird peace offering for leaving us all emotionally crippled after the events of last night's Breaking Bad, AMC announced this morning that it's developing a "companion series" (a.k.a. a fancy term for spin-off) of its zombie mega-hit The Walking Dead. The new series will focus on "an entirely new story and cast of characters," and Robert Kirkman, who created the comics, will serve as a co-executive producer along with Walking Dead EPs Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. The series, which doesn't currently have a title, is expected to premiere in 2015.
This sort of answers our recent question about WTF has been going on at the network as of late. We've had a hell of a time trying to make sense of some of its recent decisions—like killing off The Killing for good after an improved third season—because by this time next year, the network will have said goodbye to both Breaking Bad and Mad Men, the two series responsible for putting it on the map. Knowing that it's in the initial stages of expanding the world of The Walking Dead, which is the currently number one TV series among adults 18-49, means they aren't totally cracked out over there... at least when it comes to knowing they need more material to work with.
However, on the heels of last week's announcement that AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony to make the much-talked-about Breaking Bad spin-off a reality, this Walking Dead news paints an interesting picture of the network's strategy for the future. What's next, a Sally Draper-centered series that follows Don Draper's neglected daughter as she struggles through her twenties in the '70s?
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