Well, this doesn’t leave much to the imagination. AMC has unveiled the title of its The Walking Dead companion series: it’s Fear The Walking Dead. Still no word on a premiere date for the new shows other than “later this year,” though the network said as before it was debuting it globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere on AMC Global’s 115-plus countries and territories — a move that befits a project so closely tied to TV’s most-watched show.
Earlier this month, Fear The Walking Dead got a two-season order after it was picked up to pilot last fall. That matches the two-season initial pickup the network gave to the offshoot of another of its signature dramas, Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. The first season of Fear The Walking Dead will consist of six episodes, matching the original run of The Walking Dead, probably to air in late summer, likely leading to the new sixth season of the mothership series. Season 2, presumably a regular size, will air in 2016. The Walking Dead aired a 13-episode second season before settling into a 16-episode installment split into two, starting with Season 3.
Set in Los Angeles but shot in Vancouver, Fear The Walking Dead focuses on new characters and storylines. Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey star. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are executive producing for AMC Studios. Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner. Adam Davidson directed the pilot episode.
Kirkman tweeted the news today: