AMC anticipates Fear The Walking Dead's success and has a season two already ordered for 2015
“We’re thrilled to bring audiences worldwide ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere so that fans can experience the excitement of one of the year’s most anticipated new dramas together exclusively on AMC Global,” said Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC and Sundance Channel Global.
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens (pictured), Frank Dillane (Tom Riddle – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey will star in “Fear the Walking Dead,” which is exec produced by Kirkman and his “Walking Dead” team, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. Dave Erickson will exec produce and serve as showrunner. Erickson and Kirkman co-created and co-wrote the pilot.
The government, and CDC, works hard to deny rumors of the dead walking while following two Los Angeles families, The Tompkins and Cabrera, attempting to understand what is happening, and how they will survive in a world where the dead walk. With the series being set in Los Angeles, Fear The Dead might give all those Hollywood stars a chance to “be the dead.”
Creator Robert Kirkman has said that the Walking Dead spinoff, while starting as a prequel, will catch up with the current series. At SXSW, Robert Kirkman gave some insight into Fear the Walking Dead and noted that the series will be, sort of , a prequel to The Walking Dead:
“The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier than the original show,” he explained. “Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and was like, ‘Oh, man, zombies, weird!’ We’re going to possibly see that unfold a little more in the other show. But I wouldn’t call it ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”
“Fear” was handed a straight-to-series two season order. Season one is set to premiere this summer with six episodes. Season two is slated for 2016. The series, which is set in Los Angeles, follows the zombie outbreak and breakdown of society before the events of the main series.
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman said, in a statement. “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.'”
Reports are that the character lineup for Fear The Walking Dead includes:
Sean Cabrera: A Latino male in his early 40s. Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.
Cody Cabrera: Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.
Nancy Tompkins: A thirty-something single mom with two kids. Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.
Nick Tompkins: Nancy’s screwed-up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.
Ashley Tompkins: Nancy’s mostly levelheaded teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom, but it’s time to get out of Dodge.
Andrea Chapman: A somewhat wilted flower child, forty-something. Andrea retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.
The Walking Dead fans are being teased that characters from the AMC original series may appear in the series premier episodes. No word as to whether The Talking Dead with host Chris Hardwick will follow Fear The Walking Dead, however it has been announced that the first first trailer for “The Walking Dead” spinoff will premiere during the talk show.
Due to the extended season finale of The Walking Dead (March 29, 9pm – 10:30pm) “The Talking Dead” will air at a special time – 10:30 p.m. EDT with fan favorite guests Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol) and showrunner/ executive producer Scott Gimple and a surprise cast member.
Season five of “The Walking Dead” is coming to a close this Sunday with a special 90-minute episode.
Beside commercials, which promise to be plenty, what will we get in those extra 30 minutes:
First of all, we’ll see how Alexandria deals with Rick’s outburst last week, following a knock-down, drag-out fight with Pete.
Pete best be careful… very, very careful…
Considering that tensions are, theoretically, at an all-time high between Rick’s group and the Alexandrians, the teaser looks pretty tame: sure, there’s an awkwardness when Rick walks past a group of townsfolk, and there’s a town meeting to discuss his fate.
There is also Father Gabriel’s betrayal of the group that saved his life, more than once.
But nobody is gearing up for war, it seems. And that might be because Daryl, Rick’s most loyal and potentially violent ally, is still out doing recon with Aaron.
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