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AMC Expanding The Walking Dead Franchise


AMC Networks has greenlit a new anthology series, Tales of the Walking Dead, that expands the universe and franchise around The Walking Dead.

The episodic anthology series, with one-hour standalone episodes, is focused on both new and established characters set in the world of the original series.

Channing Powell, who has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, will serve as showrunner for Tales of the Walking Dead Powell will be working closely with Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of the Walking Dead Universe.

An initial season of six episodes is expected to go into production early next year and premiere on AMC+ and AMC next summer.

The Walking Dead is a show that made television history and attracted an army of passionate and highly engaged fans,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “We see so much potential for a wide range of rich and compelling storytelling in this world, and the episodic anthology format of Tales of the Walking Dead will give us the flexibility to entertain existing fans and also offer an entry point for new viewers, especially on streaming platforms. We have seen the appeal of this format in television classics like The Twilight Zone and, more recently, Black Mirror, and are excited to engage with fans in this new way, against the backdrop of this very unique and engrossing world.”

“This series, more than any other in the Walking Dead Universe, runs on new voices, perspectives and ideas—bringing to life stories unlike any we’ve told before,” Gimple said. “I’m thrilled to be Channing’s consigliere, helping in every way I can to make those new visions real for the best fans in TV.”

“I started as a fan of The Walking Dead and have ended up as a showrunner of what will hopefully be one of its most unique spin-offs,” McDermott added. “That’s nuts, and I’m so grateful to AMC and Scott for supporting me and my writers while we pushed, pulled and poked at the boundaries of this universe to bring you something new and unexpected, while hopefully still tending to what core audiences loved so much about the flagship show.”

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