While it still remains without a proper title, the spinoff companion series to The Walking Dead has already been ordered for a second season. AMC announced the order today, as well as the fact that the first season of the unnamed spinoff with run for six episodes late this summer, and the follow up season will debut sometime in 2016.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is understandably excited about the order, as seen in a statement issued by the showrunner:
We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC. I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to The Walking Dead.
AMC has not been shy about giving their potentially successful shows multiple season orders. Better Call Saul, the spinoff series of the uber popular Breaking Bad, received a two-season order before it debuted earlier this year. Although it’s worth noting that a lot more information was known about that spinoff ahead of time, considering it features a familiar character and location with Saul Goodman in New Mexico. The move appears to be a good one for Better Call Saul as it’s been heavily praised by critics (and rightly so).
So far what we know about The Walking Dead spinoff is that it will take place in Los Angeles, the characters likely won’t run into the group from the mothership series, and it stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam. Given the strong popularity of The Walking Dead both as a TV show and a comic book series, assuming that this spinoff will be a hit probably isn’t a stretch.
Source: Entertainment Weekly