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AMC Announces Plans for a The Walking Dead Companion Series


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AMC announced today that the network is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to its original drama series The Walking Dead, which premiered on AMC in October of 2010. The Walking Dead is currently the #1 show on television among adults 18-49. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers, with AMC Studios set to produce. The companion series has a target on-air date of 2015.

“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” said Kirkman. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

A brand new series based in the same zombie apocalypse. It looks like TWD might be franchising like Star Trek did. Numerous series can be a good way to fill the time between seasons as long as they are scheduled to air in different times of the year.

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I'm kinda against this. I'd be for it if this series was already done. I just hope it doesn't put a strain on continuity/canon, or the creative teams. I can see them being on the west cost, to avoid any run ins or nonsensical cameos. But I can also see the series ending with the two groups meeting. 

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That could be a strong possibility. In terms of creativity, they could make the Walking Dead telltale game into a standalone series. It takes place in the same universe and is completely separate from the plot of the existing series.

 

I just checked and there are currently almost 3500 fanfics on fanfiction.net alone. They could swipe plot lines off of so many stories. lol. Of course half of those fictions are probably made by 12 year old girls that like yaoi. -_-;

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http://www.polygon.com/2013/10/18/4853044/telltales-the-walking-dead-is-true-to-every-spirit-of-the-series

 

Telltale's award-winning episodic point-and-click game, The Walking Dead, is "true to every spirit and tenant" of the series, according to AMC's The Walking Dead executive producer David Alpert.

Speaking as part of a 10-year anniversary documentary, Alpert said that the game is "an example" of what his team hopes to do with the TV show. Telltale Games screenwriter and story consultant Gary Whitta called the episodic title "a story experience first and a game experience second."

"The experience feels less like a game and more like an interactive television series," Whitta said. "That's a new kind of art form."

 

Looks like the video game might be an influence to the new series thats in the works. I doubt it'll be based on the game, but I wouldn't be surprised if they use some of the scenarios from it.

 

Like cannibals.

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