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To no one’s surprise given the stronger-than-ever ratings since the debut of Season 4, AMC announced today that it is renewing its flagship drama The Walking Dead for a fifth season. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast.” said AMC President Charlie Collier in the statement. “Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.” Also announced is that the team behind it – showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and executive producer/creator Robert Kirkman – will continue with the show as well.
The Walking Dead returned to best-ever ratings Sunday, and the cast attended the red carpet at Universal’s Citywalk in Orlando…and also checked out the happenings at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando – including The Walking Dead maze…check out clips below. It seems that Norman Reedus might not be as brave as Daryl…
AMC plans to create a spin-off series of hit show The Walking Dead, and is working with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert to launch the series in 2015.
Not much more is known about the series at this time, other than according to AMC president/GM Charlie Collier, “It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Kirkman, who wrote the original comic book on which the show is based, added, “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. 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.”
The Walking Dead returns October 13th for its fourth season.
AMC debuted the trailer for Season 4 of The Walking Dead at Comic-Con…but have no fear if you are like me and weren’t there…you can watch it right here!
Season 4 premieres October 13th, with 8 straight episodes…the remaining 8 will air starting in February.
Game Of Thrones was near the top of all Emmy nominations with 16, plus an “Outstanding Interactive Program” nomination for “Game Of Thrones Season Three Enhanced Digital Experience”, coming in second to American Horror Story: Asylum‘s 17.
Other genre-related shows with nominations:
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome – Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Defiance – Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Falling Skies – Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Once Upon A Time – Outstanding Costumes For A Series, Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Revolution – Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role, Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie
True Blood – Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series
The Walking Dead – Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
If you watched The Walking Dead return from it’s mid-season break, you definitely weren’t alone…12.3 million viewers watched the initial airing, with 7.7 million in the Adults 18-49 group – a record for a basic cable series, and despite the fact that it was up against the Grammy Awards.
Counting the three encores, a total of 16.6 million watched it – and that still doesn’t include DVR viewers over the next several days.
There are 7 more episodes remaining in the third season. The fourth season is expected to begin production in October.
The Walking Dead producer Scott M. Gimple has been promoted to showrunner, taking the place of Glen Mazzara, who chose not to return over creative differences.
Gimple has been working as a writer and producer on the show, as well as having created the animated Fillmore!, and wrote several episodes of FlashForward and the screenplay for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Not to anyone’s surprise, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a fourth season. However, it appears that creative differences between AMC and producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara over the direction of that fourth season have resulted in the mutual decision to part ways.
According to TVLine, AMC said in a statement, “Glen guided the series creatively for Seasons 2 and 3. [We're] grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success. Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on Season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.”
This echoes changes at the start of Season 2, when Frank Darabont was fired as showrunner for creative differences.
Even though the third season of The Walking Dead doesn’t start until next month, it seemed likely that AMC would still renew their highest-rated show. Now it seems they have, although there was no formal announcement – instead, it appears that you can win a chance for a trip to the set for season 4 in 2013…and if it wasn’t renewed, that would be hard to do…
As is typical, genre shows were largely ignored unless they have a HUGE following. Game of Thrones netted 11 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for Peter Dinklage). American Horror Story received a whopping 17 nominations, tying Mad Men for overall noms. Sherlock received 13 for “A Scandal In Belgravia”, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Martin Freeman).
But perhaps the most surprising is what wasn’t nominated – The Walking Dead, which received no major nominations, getting just Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.