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AMC preps The Walking Dead for a spinoff series with new story and cast of characters

Sep. 16, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Hot on the heels of their announcement that Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman character will be getting his own spinoff series, Better Call Saul, producers of The Walking Dead are now readying a spinoff for their other megahit show, The Walking Dead. The show will be executive produced by creator Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert for AMC Studios with a target 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 president and general manager. He also stated that the series will feature "an entirely new story and cast of characters. Its a big world and we cant wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.

Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic series and producer on the series stated:

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 couldnt be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isnt tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.

Sounds interesting, but I've got mixed emotions. I'm sure some will cry "cash grab" as is to be expected in any spinoff, but what I like about this idea is that it's not tethered to the comics, which has been a source of disdain for me and many fans of the source material. The show has gone almost completely off the rails in terms of adapting the comics, so perhaps developing a new story with new characters is exactly what's needed to alleviate the pressure to pay homage and live up to source material expectations.

What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Meh idea?

Season 3 of The Walking Dead kicks off October 13, 2013 on AMC.

Extra Tidbit: What TV show would you most like to see a spinoff of? I would've liked to have seen a Lost spinoff with Hurley and
Source: Deadline

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12:06PM on 09/16/2013

Dead Set

Bring it.
Bring it.
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12:10PM on 09/16/2013
Haters gonna hate. If TWD wasn't a huge hit, it wouldn't get nearly the amount of internet hate it gets. Another zombie TV show? Bring it.
Haters gonna hate. If TWD wasn't a huge hit, it wouldn't get nearly the amount of internet hate it gets. Another zombie TV show? Bring it.
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12:24PM on 09/16/2013

AWESOME. TOTALLY DOWN FOR THIS.

Why not. I love this show as much as I love Dexter, True Blood, American Horror. Totally down for more zombie fun!
Why not. I love this show as much as I love Dexter, True Blood, American Horror. Totally down for more zombie fun!
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12:26PM on 09/16/2013

As Long As The Show Is Good and Entertaining...

... Then I have no problem with them creating spin-offs that explore other areas of the World during the Zombie Apocalypse. But, if it sucks, then kill that noise ASAP.
... Then I have no problem with them creating spin-offs that explore other areas of the World during the Zombie Apocalypse. But, if it sucks, then kill that noise ASAP.
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12:46PM on 09/16/2013
TWD: Miami
TWD: Miami
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12:49PM on 09/16/2013

A military perspective...

This could be cool. I would love to see the outbreak from the early days or from a military perspective. There is so much they can do here that they neglect or simply can't show on the regular series. Bring it on!!!
This could be cool. I would love to see the outbreak from the early days or from a military perspective. There is so much they can do here that they neglect or simply can't show on the regular series. Bring it on!!!
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12:50PM on 09/16/2013
would be cool if after the spin off is about 4 seasons in that they join up with the original walking dead group
would be cool if after the spin off is about 4 seasons in that they join up with the original walking dead group
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1:07PM on 09/16/2013
Definitely a cool idea. Would love to see the zombie invasion from different aspects of the world.
Definitely a cool idea. Would love to see the zombie invasion from different aspects of the world.
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1:19PM on 09/16/2013

It would be cool....

if for once in a zombie story, that someone actually try to explain how it started and how it can be stopped or cured.
if for once in a zombie story, that someone actually try to explain how it started and how it can be stopped or cured.
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1:20PM on 09/16/2013

srsly?

Milking on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," said Charlie Collier, AMC president and general manager."

Fixed.

See now this really pisses me off. Why couldn't they have stuck much closer to the comics then done what they are doing now in this spin off? Makes me wonder how long it's going to take them to shoe horn Negan into the show since he's a popular character now. Love the comics, hate this show.
Milking on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," said Charlie Collier, AMC president and general manager."

Fixed.

See now this really pisses me off. Why couldn't they have stuck much closer to the comics then done what they are doing now in this spin off? Makes me wonder how long it's going to take them to shoe horn Negan into the show since he's a popular character now. Love the comics, hate this show.
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1:21PM on 09/16/2013
Meh. The show is alright and I watch it but I don't NEED to see it as episodes play. A spin-off, imo anyway, sounds blah for an already mediocre show...again in my opinion.
Meh. The show is alright and I watch it but I don't NEED to see it as episodes play. A spin-off, imo anyway, sounds blah for an already mediocre show...again in my opinion.
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1:42PM on 09/16/2013

I enjoy the show and will watch a spinoff

But the show is nowhere near as good as Breaking Bad, sorry!
But the show is nowhere near as good as Breaking Bad, sorry!
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2:24PM on 09/16/2013
Apples and oranges. You really can't compare the two shows.
Apples and oranges. You really can't compare the two shows.
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3:02PM on 09/16/2013

Is it really that popular?

This show is decent, but it takes too long for any type of action to occur. Would be much more interesting if it followed the comics.
This show is decent, but it takes too long for any type of action to occur. Would be much more interesting if it followed the comics.
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3:08PM on 09/16/2013
So long as they don't use up all the ideas by spreading themselves thin...I'm okay with this....coz it's got to be a concern...I mean, a different set of human beings in the same world, dealing with the same zombie problem. How different can it really be played out? If you've seen as many zombie films as I have, you'll know that there arent too many unique ideas being played out. Since they're all unrelated to each other, no big deal... but this is going to be the same world. That said, I'd
So long as they don't use up all the ideas by spreading themselves thin...I'm okay with this....coz it's got to be a concern...I mean, a different set of human beings in the same world, dealing with the same zombie problem. How different can it really be played out? If you've seen as many zombie films as I have, you'll know that there arent too many unique ideas being played out. Since they're all unrelated to each other, no big deal... but this is going to be the same world. That said, I'd like to know what happened to the kids and Bain's goon and the woman from the webisodes from season 2 and 3 respectively - was hoping the Bain's goon would have showed up in season 3.
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4:13PM on 09/16/2013
Love if they showed Michonne's and Morgan's life before and just leading up to where they met Rick's group.
Love if they showed Michonne's and Morgan's life before and just leading up to where they met Rick's group.
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6:10PM on 09/16/2013

Meh

As long as they don't spend 8 weeks building to some big "war" and then just throw some smoke bombs and call it a day, I'll be ok with it.
As long as they don't spend 8 weeks building to some big "war" and then just throw some smoke bombs and call it a day, I'll be ok with it.
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6:48PM on 09/18/2013
Not to mention take away all suspense during said "war" by clearly showing that the group being attacked aren't even there. Then proceed to spend suspense free 15 minutes while they go through the whole prison.
Not to mention take away all suspense during said "war" by clearly showing that the group being attacked aren't even there. Then proceed to spend suspense free 15 minutes while they go through the whole prison.
8:33PM on 09/16/2013

It can work, but.......

they have to flip the script. Not another rag tag survivor story I'm thinking 4 scenario's 1: a view inside whatever is left of the government maybe the vice president in a bunker. 2: A group of doomsday preparers in the mountains, 3 a nuclear submarine, 4: a rich family in their compound or floating around on a yacht.
they have to flip the script. Not another rag tag survivor story I'm thinking 4 scenario's 1: a view inside whatever is left of the government maybe the vice president in a bunker. 2: A group of doomsday preparers in the mountains, 3 a nuclear submarine, 4: a rich family in their compound or floating around on a yacht.
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5:32AM on 09/17/2013
the yacht idea is pretty cool, and I also wondered what happened to the government
the yacht idea is pretty cool, and I also wondered what happened to the government
5:30AM on 09/17/2013

a Lost spin off show would have been awesome

AWESOME!! I guess it makes since that Robert Kirkman would be a part of the spin off since he created the show, but he wouldn't have to be seeing as it doesn't follow the comics. They could go literaly anywhere with this. Maybe take it out of the south and put it somewhere else. Love to see some snow with my zombies. Not sure if they ever show the white house or what happened to the president (in the comic), but that would be cool. I think it would be cool to see some celebrity cameos in this.
AWESOME!! I guess it makes since that Robert Kirkman would be a part of the spin off since he created the show, but he wouldn't have to be seeing as it doesn't follow the comics. They could go literaly anywhere with this. Maybe take it out of the south and put it somewhere else. Love to see some snow with my zombies. Not sure if they ever show the white house or what happened to the president (in the comic), but that would be cool. I think it would be cool to see some celebrity cameos in this. Similar to what they did in Zombieland. We could see how Christopher (The Walken Dead) Walken handles some zombies, or any other celeb you could name. This is so cool, and I can't wait!
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7:08AM on 09/17/2013
Until it was time to wrap-up the spin-off....then the awesomeness would get flushed down the toilet.
Until it was time to wrap-up the spin-off....then the awesomeness would get flushed down the toilet.
9:15AM on 09/17/2013
I'm hoping for 'The Walking Dead: Big Body Squad'.
I'm hoping for 'The Walking Dead: Big Body Squad'.
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