For fans of the post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world of AMC’s The Walking Dead, that world just got better, or at least, bigger. AMC has just announced a spin-off companion show to their massively popular hit, The Walking Dead. Produced by the current regime of Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd and David Alpert, the new show is planned for 2015, and will explore more of the Walking Dead universe, with new characters and a new setting.
AMC President Charlie Collier called the decision a “no-brainer”, while Kirkman added, “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 possibilites are endless, as there is a lot of America beyond Georgia to explore. And without the ties to the comic, viewers would be kept completely surprised by the storylines, though the current series does an excellent job of keeping the comic fans on their toes. Of course, there would be chances for crossovers, with a character from one show moving to the other. The highly regarded Walking Dead videogame series by Telltale Games has already set the precedent of a successful story and characters working concurrently with the main Dead series. Maybe this new show will air in the months between the main series to satiate audiences needing their undead fix. And, hopefully, this won’t spread the current producers too thin, and they can keep up the high production levels for both shows.
In other Walking Dead news, a new cast member has been added for sometime in Season 4. Christian Serratos, who played Bella’s best friend Angela, in the ever-popular Twilight movies, will join Rick and co. as the strong survivor, Rosita Espinosa, who was introduced in the comics with issue #53. She’ll be a recurring character this upcoming season with an option for season 5 as well. Looks like a great addition to the cast.