‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Seventh Season on AMC

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‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for Seventh Season.

While Sunday’s “Thank You” episode delivered its most contested “deaths” with Steven Yeun’s Glenn, the zombie drama based on the comic book series of the same name also saw Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes struggling with a nasty gash on his hand. Days after airing its most talked-about episode of the current season, AMC announced it has given a seventh season to its hit zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead” and a sixth season to postmortem chat series “Talking Dead.” “The Walking Dead,” which is based on Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics series and is showrun by Scott Gimple, continues to be a ratings behemoth for the cabler. Spoiler alert for those who haven’t read the long-running comics: The Governor cuts off one of Rick’s hands during a confrontation in Woodbury where the latter refuses to share that his group of survivors have found safety at the prison. After factoring in three days of time-shifted viewing, Sunday’s episode — which saw the end of at least one pivotal character — delivered 18.2 million viewers, 12 million adults 18-49 and 11.5 million adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings. With the renewal, Walking Dead ties Mad Men as AMC’s longest-running original scripted series. (With a 16-episode seventh season, Walking Dead would grow to 99 episodes, topping Mad Men’s 92 episode total.)” “Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals.

Sunday’s episode also served as a strong lead-in to the drama’s corresponding “Talking Dead” series, which is hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead,” AMC/Sundance TV president Charlie Collier said in a statement Friday. “All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. Though ratings for TWD’s sixth season — which will air its fourth episode this Sunday, November 1 — have failed to break any records thus far, the post-apocalyptic drama is still a huge success for the network. So when Rick repeatedly looked concerned about his badly injured hand, many comic book diehards seemed to celebrate the AMC drama bringing back a storyline many thought had passed.

We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. Kirkman has repeatedly said that he had regrets about taking Rick’s hand in the comics and the subsequent challenges his one-handed hero presented, while Lincoln has also been adamant about avoiding the storyline as well. “I’ll give you an absolute because I’ve been dealing with a lot of ambiguity in storytelling here in protecting the story: Rick’s hand is safe,” showrunner Scott M. Hooray.” The renewal news comes as little surprise given that the zombie series — overseen by showrunner Gimple and starring Andrew Lincoln — ranks as TV’s most-watched drama among the all-important 18-49 demographic. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer, along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

There will be some ointments involved.” While Rick’s hands appear to be safe for the time being, the same can’t be said for the rest of him as the expression on the former sheriff’s face seemed to express a fear that viewers hadn’t seen before as his RV — stalled thanks to the shootout with the Wolves — was left surrounded by walkers. “He is scared — and he should be. That project is expected to premiere in 2016, while TWD Season 7 should bow sometime in October 2016 (just as it has in seasons past) though no specific premiere date has been set. I don’t know if he’s scared for himself,” Gimple said. “The direction those walkers are going in, that’s pretty scary because they are heading directly toward Alexandria.

That’s the scary thing.” What’s more is that Alexandria is already vulnerable after the Wolves’ savage attack killed multiple members of the community that’s already ill-prepared, given that Rick and so many of his people are out on the road trying to lead the massive herd of walkers away from the gated residence. “It’s a very big season. … We’re dropping everyone in the deep end of the pool,” Gimple said of the heart-racing start of season six that won’t feature a ton of time passing before the midseason finale. “Things can get worse — in different ways. The cable net also signed comic book powerhouse Kirkman to an overall deal in June, and ordered a motorcycle docuseries with Norman Reedus earlier this week. In addition to Fear season two, AMC also has its long-in-the-works adaptation of controversial comic book Preacher due in 2016 as well as the final season of Hell on Wheels, Humans, Turn, Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul and new additions Into the Badlands, Night Manager and Broke.

On the film side, Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment recently inked a two-year first-look deal with Universal pictures and recently made its first feature foray with Air, starring Walking Dead fan favorite Norman Reedus (Daryl).

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