AMC moves forward with another The Walking Dead spinoff series

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The Walking Dead has been dropping in ratings compared to its previous seasons drastically. Even though it has been going downhill since Season 8, the numbers are still good enough to warrant more The Walking Dead spinoff shows. In addition to Fear the Walking Dead, AMC is planning another spinoff show that will focus on the first generation of the post-apocalyptic zombie world.

The new The Walking Dead spinoff series will be produced and distributed by AMC Studios, which is set to begin in the summer in Virginia. It will have 10 episodes and will premiere in 2020 on AMC. It will follow two young female leads, with a focus on how the dangerous world will turn people into heroes and villains.

“Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever, grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

Matt Negrete has worked as a writer and producer for The Walking Dead for the last five seasons, and he will be attached as the showrunner for the new show. The show is co-created by Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead universe.

“I’m beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in The Walking Dead Universe,” Negrete said. “Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I’m honored to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can’t wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we’ve been cooking up!”

“Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead Universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a ‘Decade of the Dead’ on TV and over fifteen years of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic,” Gimple said. “Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD’s long history — I’m thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we’ve seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.”

One would think that the decline of The Walking Dead’s ratings could be due to people losing interest in the storyline, especially after the defeat of Negan. Season 7 had an average viewership of 11.35 million, season 8 averaged 7.82 million, and season 9 had 4.95 million. Sarah Barnett, AMC Networks’ President of Entertainment Network, says that the decline is reflecting the decline in viewership across basic cable.

“Our decline has really mirrored the declines across basic cable — we just had higher to fall from. The fact that we are still the No. 1 show by a margin of two to one is quite something. One of the things that I take such encouragement from is the fact that our ratings are pretty stabilized. We did see declines at the beginning of [Season 9], but through all of the back half of this season, we are seeing the kind of stability that we’ve never really seen in this property before. We believe that we’ve hit a core, and that if that core sits around the numbers it is, it will continue to be a complete phenomenon in cable TV in 2019.”

The new Walking Dead spinoff series will premiere in 2020, The Walking Dead Season 10 will premiere in October 2019 and Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 will premiere on June 2, 2019.

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Source: AMC

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