The Walking Dead: Season Seven Renewal for AMC Series; Talking Dead: Season Six

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘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. This, of course, was a no-brainer choice, as the series continues to be the No. 1 show on television with adults in the key 18-49 demographic — a distinction it has held for the last three years. 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. The move comes after a summer that saw the debut of The Walking Dead spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, which earned a second season more than a month before its series debut.

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. Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios states, “…we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged.

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. 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. Hooray.” “The Walking Dead” has come to define AMC beyond prestige dramas “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” and is also credited for ushering in the current wave of comic book-centric programming throughout the TV landscape. 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 zombie juggernaut also recently spawned its own hit spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” which set a cable record for the highest rated first season ever. 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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