Cliff Curtis To Lead AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
AMC have announced that it has commissioned two seasons of a California-based “companion series” to its smash hit “The Walking Dead.”
The new series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” will still be set in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, only this time on the West Coast with different characters in different situations.
It will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (“Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey.
The current “Walking Dead” team will also mastermind the new series. Executive producers include Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.
The first season will consist of six episodes and air late in the US summer. The second season will air in 2016.
Kirkman said in a statement that the deal is a sign AMC “believes, 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.’ ”
AMC has been eager to expand the “Walking Dead” franchise, since the mothership has become the most popular show on all of television among advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old viewers, and interest shows no sign of dying out .
The original show has taken the characters up and down the East Coast. They are currently based in Alexandria.
Monday’s announcement gave no clue what could be different on the West Coast. Perhaps L.A. zombies will have all had plastic surgery and therefore be more attractive.
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