“THE WALKING DEAD” TO CONCLUDE WITH EXPANDED TWO-YEAR ELEVENTH SEASON
AS “THE WALKING DEAD” UNIVERSE CONTINUES TO EXPAND, GROUNDBREAKING FLAGSHIP SERIES WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SPIN-OFF FOCUSED ON THE DARYL DIXON AND CAROL PELETIER CHARACTERS, RUN BY CURRENT “THE WALKING DEAD” SHOWRUNNER ANGELA KANG AND CO-CREATED BY KANG AND SCOTT M. GIMPLE AMC IS ALSO DEVELOPING WITH GIMPLE A “TALES OF THE WALKING DEAD” SERIES, A NEW EPISODIC ANTHOLOGY FOCUSED ON NEW AND EXISTING CHARACTERS, BACKSTORIES AND STAND-ALONE EXPERIENCES, AMONG OTHER PLANNED EXTENSIONS OF THE UNIVERSE
NEW YORK, NY – September 9, 2020 – AMC announced today that its groundbreaking
series, “The Walking Dead,” which made history as the highest-rated series in the history
of cable television and has given life to a vibrant and expanding content universe, will end
with an expanded two-year eleventh season that will span 24 episodes. With the
previously announced six extra season 10 episodes scheduled for early next year, there
are 30 remaining episodes of the flagship series that will run through late 2022.
As “The Walking Dead” universe continues to expand, the original series will be followed
by a greenlit spin-off focused on the popular Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol
Peletier (Melissa McBride) characters, which will premiere in 2023 and be run by current
“The Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang, who co-created the series with Scott M.
Gimple, chief content officer of “The Walking Dead” Universe. AMC is also working with
Gimple to develop a new “Tales of the Walking Dead” series, an episodic anthology with
individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters,
backstories or other stand-alone experiences. The company, working closely with Gimple,
is also developing a number of other new and innovative projects grounded in “The
Walking Dead” universe.
“It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and
stories to tell beyond that,” said Gimple. “What’s clear is that this show has been about
the living, made by a passionate cast, team of writer/producers, producers, and crew,
bringing to life the vision put forth by Robert Kirkman in his brilliant comic — and
supported by the best fans in the world. We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on TWD,
and then, this end will be a beginning of more Walking Dead — brand new stories and
characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies. This will be a
grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. ‘The Walking Dead’
“I look forward to digging in with our brilliant writers, producers, directors, cast and crew
to bring this epic final chapter of Robert Kirkman’s story to life for our fans over the next
two years,” said Kang. “‘The Walking Dead’ flagship series has been my creative home
for a decade and so it’s bittersweet to bring it to an end, but I could not be more excited
to be working with Scott Gimple and AMC to develop a new series for Daryl and Carol.
Working with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride has been a highlight of my career
and I’m thrilled that we get to keep telling stories together.”
“‘The Walking Dead’ made television history, and is one of those rare creative works that
has given life to an entire content universe that is still in the early stages of growing and
entertaining both new and established fans,” said Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of
AMC Networks. “We can’t wait to bring viewers this expanded final season of ‘The
Walking Dead’ over the next two years, and launch the fourth series in the history of the
franchise, focused on the beloved Daryl and Carol characters, with the incredibly talented
Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Angela Kang and Scott M. Gimple. There really is so
much ‘walking’ ahead, in a number of very exciting directions, for this extraordinary
creative universe we call ‘The Walking Dead.’”
“Of course, I’ve always enjoyed working so closely with Norman throughout these many
seasons. In playing Carol, and as a viewer of the show, I’ve also long been intrigued
with ‘Daryl and Carol,’ and by what so early on between them, even then, felt somehow
bound,” said McBride. Their shared history is long, and each’s own personal fight to
survive, even longer – the more obvious aspect of what has kept them close and loyal.
But there is also a rather mysterious aspect to their fondness for one another that I
enjoy, and their playfulness when the world permits. I’m very curious! Angela has a way
of shaking things up in great and unexpected ways. She’s like a kid playing with the
dimmer switch! I’m very excited!”
“I feel incredibly honored to be a part of ‘The Walking Dead.’ This show changed my life
and career and everyone involved has truly been a family for me over the last decade.
I’m thankful for AMC’s love and support and know there’s so much more story to tell and
so much more to bring the best fans in the world. Daryl’s relationship with Carol has
always been my favorite relationship on the show (sorry Rick),” Reedus said. “I love the
way these characters interact and relate to each other on so many levels and can’t wait
to see where their ride goes from here.”
“The Walking Dead” premiered on Halloween night in 2010 as the #1 cable series launch
of all time, later surpassed by other AMC series “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call
Saul” and “Into the Badlands,” and is the most-watched series in cable history. It was also
the first cable series to become the #1 show in all of television, including broadcast, a
rank it held for five consecutive years. In its current 10th season, “The Walking Dead”
remains the #1 series on basic cable for the 11th consecutive year. All of the top 73 cable
entertainment telecasts for the past decade have been airings of “The Walking Dead.”
The series has also given life to a vibrant and expanding content universe that currently
includes “Talking Dead;” “Fear the Walking Dead,” returning for its sixth season on
October 11; “The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” a new series about the first generation
raised in the apocalypse, debuting October 4; a feature film being produced by Universal
and Skybound, alongside AMC, focused on the Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) character;
a new spinoff planned for 2023 focused on the popular Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol
(Melissa McBride) characters; and the new “Tales of the Walking Dead” episodic
anthology series. In addition to the AMC linear network and owned platforms like AMC+
and AMC’s digital platforms, “The Walking Dead” Universe content have migrated to
become focal points of an expanding array of ad-supported video on demand (AVOD)
platforms, streaming services, in addition to robust international distribution.
AMC continues to develop new content rooted in the unique and entertaining world of
“The Walking Dead,” one of the most powerful franchises in the history of television, which
currently has more than 50 million social followers and fans across Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter, a thriving presence in gaming with a collection of mobile games that have
been downloaded more than 40 million times and three new games planned for launch
by the end of this year across mobile, PC, console and VR platforms, and a variety of
other extensions through which this vibrant and passionate fan community connects with
stories and characters unlike anything else on television.
“The Walking Dead” is produced by AMC Studios and executive produced by Gimple,
Kang, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth and
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Previously on The Walking Dead, our survivors confronted past demons and combated new threats, with friendships and relationships suffering from the mounting collateral damage that is the apocalypse. Alexandria is severely compromised; left a former shell of the home it once was from the carnage and devastation left behind by the Whisperers. Now all who live in Alexandria struggle to refortify it and feed its increasing number of residents, which include the survivors from the fall of the Kingdom and the burning of Hilltop; along with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and her new group, the Wardens. Alexandria has more people than it can manage to feed and protect. Their situation is dire as tensions heat up over past events and self-preservation rises to the surface within the ravaged walls. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to those at Alexandria, Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Princess (Paola Lázaro) are still being held captive by mysterious soldiers who are members of a larger and unforthcoming group.
THE EPIC JOURNEY TO FINALE FOR AMC'S SMASH HIT "THE WALKING DEAD" BEGINS SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
Over ten seasons, The Walking Dead remains the highest-rated series on ad-supported cable television and has given life to an expanding Universe that now includes the companion series Fear the Walking Dead, a new third series from Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple and TWD veteran writer and producer Matt Negrete, as well as an untitled The Walking Dead Movie, starring Andrew Lincoln, with Universal and Skybound Entertainment.
"The Walking Dead burst out of the gate ten years ago as a genre show that had all the character depth of a top-tier prestige drama," said Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios. "And now ten years later - led by the brilliant Angela Kang and fueled by one of the most consistently talented casts in television - this phenomenon is flourishing creatively, with critics and audiences embracing its reset. We're delighted to welcome back Lauren Cohan, she has meant so much to this show and its passionate, global fanbase, who are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months."
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth. The series stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Seth Gilliam, Avi Nash, Callan McAuliffe, Cooper Andrews, Eleanor Matsuura, Nadia Hilker, Cailey Fleming, Samantha Morton, Ryan Hurst, Cassady McClincy and Lauren Ridloff.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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