As if it were any surprise really, after two of the most successful first-run episodes in cable TV history, AMC has graciously decided to give their zombie drama based on a comic by Robert Kirkman a third season. The second season has already done gangbusters for the network, and even given the bad press surrounding Darabont’s departure from the series, fans keep coming for more zombie-killing action.
Here are the details on season two from a recent AMC press release.
Season two continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49 shattering a basic cable record set nearly 10 years ago for a single drama telecast (“The Dead Zone”). “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as series’ showrunner. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers. Greg Nicotero is a co-executive producer.
“Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew ‘The Walking Dead’ for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s President. “We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make ‘The Walking Dead’ a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.”
While this is great news for Kirkman and his crew of deadheads, what does this mean for the rest of the horror or comic book world? Could this mean we’ll be getting more shows like Grimm or Death Valley which prey on the popularity of zombies and the horror genre, or will we get (for better or worse) to see adaptations of some of our other favorite comic book stories?
You can bet that AMC, along with all of the other big networks out there are scratching their heads right now looking for things they’d like to see and how to make them happen. What indie comic would YOU like to see as a critically acclaimed dramatic series?