AMC Network Confirms A New 'Walking Dead' Spinoff Is In The Works
As TV shows go, The Walking Dead has been around for so long now that it's hard to imagine a time where it didn't exist, demanding our full-attention and leaving anyone who missed an episode perpetually out of the loop and by extension, most social circles.
The first episode aired in 2010 and since then, The Walking Dead has amassed a huge audience of devout fans. Now, Executives at AMC Networks have confirmed that the company will be developing a second Walking Dead spinoff that would add to its association with the apocalyptic zombie drama, even despite having had some prominent actors leave the flagship series, most notably Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan.
Rumours of a new Walking Dead series first emerged after it was revealed that producer Scott Gimple, a showrunner of the flagship series, was made chief content officer and given duties supervising the creative aspects of all Walking Dead programmes.
Asked to elaborate on CEO Josh Sapan's mention of a third zombie outing, COO Ed Carroll said the spinoff is in "active development." He declined to offer many more specifics, including whether it would fall under an existing distribution agreement with Hulu.
"We're not at a stage where we'll be announcing its plans to premiere," Carroll said. "But we have hired creative people that have pitched story outlines. We feel very good about the development of that series."
He then added, "We're not in a position to talk about partnerships in terms of other territories or ancillary windows, other than that there's a healthy appetite for it and we've had a number of conversations with a lot of players in the space."
A new The Walking Dead series comes after series-low ratings of the show's ninth season. That said, there are already more crossovers in the works with spinoff Fear the Walking Dead , whilst Lincoln is set for a series of The Walking Dead movies.
Carroll however, isn't concerned and believes the drop in audience views is inevitable for a show that has been running as long as The Walking Dead, and that such a fact should not detract from its status as the No. 1 series on cable and the No. 2 drama on TV behind NBC's This is Us.
"We are well aware that when a show has been around for nine years, you would expect viewership to be declining, but I think we've managed that and managed that well," he said.