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The Walking Dead companion series gets a two season order from AMC

03.09.2015
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Once this season of THE WALKING DEAD ends, we won't have to wait until Halloween for more zombie drama as AMC has greenlit the "companion series" for a two season run. The spin-off, code named COBALT, has begun production in Los Angeles with a cast including GONE GIRL's Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis, and is now set for a debut late in the summer.

COBALT's first two seasons will follow the same pattern as THE WALKING DEAD when it debuted in 2010: the first season will consist of six episodes followed by a full season in 2016. Whether the two series will continue to alternate or run concurrently is unknown, but it looks like for the foreseeable future we will be getting almost year-round zombie goodness.

Charlie Collier, AMC president, had this to say about the new series.

“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”

THE WALKING DEAD has remained a ratings powerhouse for AMC even as their marquee shows BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN have wrapped up their runs. While many thought a spin-off was a bad idea, the success of BETTER CALL SAUL has proven that AMC has put in the effort to make sure these new shows are not just a cash grab. Here's hoping COBALT follows suit.

COBALT debuts on AMC this summer.

Source: Deadline

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7:41PM on 03/10/2015
I figured it was a no brainer that this would get green lit. I can't wait! I hope it holds up to the original!
I figured it was a no brainer that this would get green lit. I can't wait! I hope it holds up to the original!
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8:20AM on 03/10/2015

Don't know, but maybe yes

I heard about this long ago. don't really look that much forward to it, but I'll watch it and see if it's worth the time :) everything needs a chance,
I heard about this long ago. don't really look that much forward to it, but I'll watch it and see if it's worth the time :) everything needs a chance,
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3:09AM on 03/10/2015
Eh, I'll check it out, but I kind of just feel like it's a repeat of The Walking Dead. I realize it will have different stories to tell, but the real question is what can it do differently. If it's more of the same, that won't do anything for me. What I would have liked was to see them take a chance and move this out of the U.S. What we never get to see unless it's a foreign film is what the zombie apocalypse is like in other countries. I would have loved to see this end up in another country.
Eh, I'll check it out, but I kind of just feel like it's a repeat of The Walking Dead. I realize it will have different stories to tell, but the real question is what can it do differently. If it's more of the same, that won't do anything for me. What I would have liked was to see them take a chance and move this out of the U.S. What we never get to see unless it's a foreign film is what the zombie apocalypse is like in other countries. I would have loved to see this end up in another country. Now THAT would be new and interesting. Instead, this just sounds like more of the same, a way for them to create more Walking Dead to cash in on. That and it doesn't have the advantage of having a comic book it's based on like the core series.
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9:31PM on 03/09/2015

Sooooooo not interested.....

But I've been enough of a killjoy this week so I won't downvote it. Personally I think the original has topped out and is starting to come down, but we won't know until probably mid-next season. But another series with the same storylines and the same ridiculous lack of logic and stupid character decisions necessary to further the plot.....

The only way this could interest me is if they got together a group of people who did intelligent things to survive, and we saw how well they coped.
But I've been enough of a killjoy this week so I won't downvote it. Personally I think the original has topped out and is starting to come down, but we won't know until probably mid-next season. But another series with the same storylines and the same ridiculous lack of logic and stupid character decisions necessary to further the plot.....

The only way this could interest me is if they got together a group of people who did intelligent things to survive, and we saw how well they coped.
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6:23PM on 03/09/2015
I just hope this new series can expand on the ideas and theories that the original series hasn't done yet. It'll be nice to get a change of scenery with this new spinoff.
I just hope this new series can expand on the ideas and theories that the original series hasn't done yet. It'll be nice to get a change of scenery with this new spinoff.
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4:58PM on 03/09/2015
On IMDb it's called Fear the Walking Dead. I'm ok with this show coming out. If people don't want to watch it that's fine. But I will be.
On IMDb it's called Fear the Walking Dead. I'm ok with this show coming out. If people don't want to watch it that's fine. But I will be.
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4:34PM on 03/09/2015
I guess if it has a different feel to The Walking Dead it might be a worthwhile series. There's enough potential scenarios within a zombie apocalypse setting to cover ideas that The Walking Dead hasn't.
I guess if it has a different feel to The Walking Dead it might be a worthwhile series. There's enough potential scenarios within a zombie apocalypse setting to cover ideas that The Walking Dead hasn't.
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3:54PM on 03/09/2015
But there's a difference between spinning off Breaking Bad and spinning off Walking Dead. Better Call Saul focuses on the back story of a main character in the show and by having BCS kind of shines some light onto the seedy underbelly of New Mexico. Which in turn only helps elevate Breaking Bad, b/c if it's this bad before Walter White is on the scene, then maybe he was the baddest of them all.

But The Walking Dead has nothing more to say than what's on the show. Yea sure it will show
But there's a difference between spinning off Breaking Bad and spinning off Walking Dead. Better Call Saul focuses on the back story of a main character in the show and by having BCS kind of shines some light onto the seedy underbelly of New Mexico. Which in turn only helps elevate Breaking Bad, b/c if it's this bad before Walter White is on the scene, then maybe he was the baddest of them all.

But The Walking Dead has nothing more to say than what's on the show. Yea sure it will show what's happening in other parts of the country, but do we really need another show to tell us that? Can those points not be fleshed out in The Walking Dead? Cobalt just seems like a useless project.
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