AMC’s pre-walking dead series “Fear the Walking Dead” has already been popular enough to warrant renewal for a third season. While it has just begun the second season, AMC recognizes its potential and fast tracked the renewal.
AMC announced the renewal just days after the second season premiered to an amazing 8.8 million viewers. The show, which follows a new group of survivors struggling through society’s collapse in the midst of a zombie virus outbreak, will return for a 16-episode season three in 2017. AMC also announced that the series’ Chris Hardwick-hosted after the show called, Talking Dead: Fear, will also be back for another season, continuing to air after each new episode.
In a statement released by the network, Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, lauded the success of the show, as well as its creators:
What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear The Walking Dead is to be applauded. Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world – it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride. “As Victor Strand observed, ‘The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.’ We thank the millions of fans for embracing this mad world and look forward to sailing far into the future.
The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” is now over but Flight 462 has just begun. AMC is releasing a 6-part web series follows passengers on a commercial flight during the first stages of the zombie apocalypse.
Every new episode will release online each week and on during commercial breaks of the new season of The Walking Dead, which premieres next Sunday, Oct. 11. And only one of these characters will make it back to earth safely, as one of them will be joining the Fear the Walking Dead cast in Season Two.
You can watch the first one-minute installment below:
Hulu has officially closed an exclusive deal with AMC for the rights to stream the upcoming series “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to “The Walking Dead.”
The multi-year deal between Hulu and AMC also included several other scripted shows from the network.
Mike Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer at Hulu, said,
“AMC Networks has an incredible reputation and track record in producing captivating storytelling across a variety of genres for true connoisseurs of television. This huge partnership guarantees that Hulu viewers will soon be able to enjoy the newest slate of premium programming from some of the top cable networks.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“The 100”). The spin-off companion series is set in Los Angeles and centers on new characters and storyline but in the zombified world created by Robert Kirkman.
“The Walking Dead” veterans Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all executive producers of the new series. Kirkman will also be involved in the spin-off and has said that the spinoff will look and feel “startlingly different” from the original series. Dave Erickson is an executive producer and showrunner.
The spin-off has already been ordered for two seasons. The first six episodes will premiere on AMC later this summer on AMC.