AMC Developing ‘Walking Dead’ Companion TV Show for 2015

Published 11 months ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm,

The Walking Dead Companion TV Show Series Announced AMC Developing Walking Dead Companion TV Show for 2015

Entertainment brands are no longer being built lengthwise – they’re being built widthwise. In a post-Avengers world, extending a franchise through sequels, prequels, interquels or other time-bending techniques isn’t sufficient; audiences of today want unique worlds to fully immerse themselves in – the bigger, the better.

Marvel superheroes and their universe have given rise to expansion plans for the DC SuperheroStar Wars and Harry Potter universes – even television has been following the strategy, with AMC widening their Breaking Bad franchise into the Better Call Saul spinoff series; and now more world will be added to the network’s flagship series, The Walking Dead

AMC made the announcement that it will produce a Walking Dead companion series with a 2015 air date in mind; serving on the show as executive producers are Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and show producers Glae Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

Kirkman had the following to say about the new show (of which details are scant at the moment):

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe,” said Kirkman. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Along with the rise of the “franchise universe” model has come the inevitable cynicism that “universe building” is actually just a euphemism for “cash-grabbing.” In the case of a Breaking Bad spinoff it’s easy to see why someone might feel sour about such a focused and self-contained character drama being transformed into a franchise universe; however, Walking Dead is a different creature, entirely.

The goal of Robert Kirkman was always to create a zombpocalypse saga that is long-lasting and widespread, so really the comic series (and subsequently the show) comes with inherent potential for a much larger universe to be explored. There are infinite number of characters, storylines and perspectives that could be configured into a marketable show; the caveat being that the showrunners will have to be able to find a distinctly new thematic and character drama hook, other than survivors trying to deal with the toll of survival on a zombified earth. We’ve seen that before. Judging from Kirkman’s words, however, something new and fresh is indeed the intention.

Lost The Tailies AMC Developing Walking Dead Companion TV Show for 2015

Awww, remember the Tailies?

Personally speaking, I was one of those viewers who was wholly engrossed when Lost ran its “Tailies” mini-arc in the second season. The switch in perspective and introduction of new characters – different and intriguing characters – set within a familiar world, was an overall fun experience. (In fact, I still consider it a misstep that the showrunners ultimately negated the entire “Tailies Saga” by systematically killing those characters off.)

That’s all to say: There is plenty of potential for the zombpocalypse to offer us more compelling TV drama – at least in my opinion. Let us know what YOU think by voting in the poll below and/or dropping your ideas for a good companion show in the comments.

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The Walking Dead season 4 premieres on October 13, 2013 @ 9/8c only on AMC. We’ll keep you updated on the status of the yet-untitled companion show as it heads for its proposed 2015 premiere.

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  1. Kick ass and take names! Daryl and Sword Girl hook up. Rick stays strong. Carl really likes destroying walkers,too much.In fact he deliberately starts hunting them. They encounter another group who,like Carl deliberately hunt walkers. They are organized like a military unit and include several veterans.Carl flirts with the idea of joining them because he thinks his current group isn’t aggressive enough.

  2. I got lots of good ideas for this spin off..

    They Hispanic guy who leaves in the 1st season, would love to know what happened with him.. How about start it off with him sitting in a room talking to someone (who we don’t know who it is) and telling his story after leaving the group outside of Atlanta.. His story goes on and at the end of the season he’s talking to Rick.. Love to see that..

    Or set it up like the webisodes each season a new group.. It has worked well for American Horror Story..

    Or they could make something with the army or government and their response throughout the whole zombie epidemic from beginning to end.. Maybe they can tie it into the CDC guys story arc.. There are so many ways to spin that idea.

    Kirkman and AMC I am available for hire I got lots & lots & lots of ideas for ya..

    Love this show love the spin off.. TWD is best show on tv..

    Actually The Walking Dead = Greatest TV Show Of All Time!!

  3. I think a spin off using the characters from the equally successful Left 4 dead series would be hit. Especially if its an alternate world that allows left4dead’s special infected to be introduced

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