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The Walking Dead will End with Season 11 in 2022 But Getting More Spin-offs

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier

Skybound and AMC have announced that The Walking Dead television series will come to an end in 2022 with a 24-episode eleventh season.

But, don’t despair, with the ending comes something new as there will be spin-offs and new series to look forward to.

In 2023, a spin-off series centered around Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier will launch. Showrunner Angela Kang will return with Scott Gimple to helm the series.

Also in the works is “Tales of the Walking Dead” series. Gimple is also developing this anthology series with individual episodes or arcs focused on new and existing characters, backstories, and other stand-alone experiences.

Beyond that, there’s even more being worked on.

The season 10 finale of The Walking Dead will air on Sunday, October 4th at 9pm and will be followed by The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the newest spin-off, at 10pm. Fear The Walking Dead will air its sixth season on Sunday, October 11.

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all up to? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that and wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news from around the web.

Kotaku – Fortnite Removed From Apple And Google Stores, Epic Taking Both Companies To Court – This court decision has the potential for a massive impact at Apple and beyond. Imagine what digital comic apps could do if they no longer had to use Apple’s pay system.

CBR – AMC Announces 15-Cent Tickets to Celebrate Reopening, 100-Year Anniversary – That’s a deal to also catch COVID!

SDCC 2020: Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 Premieres October 6

During AMC‘s Walking Dead panel for Comic-Con@Home, the network revealed the sixth season of Fear the Walking Dead will premiere Sunday, October 11 at 9 pm. The show also got its first trailer for the season that you can watch below.

It was also revealed that cast member Lennie James will be making his directorial debut in season six, joining fellow cast member Colman Domingo, who will be directing his third episode this season.

Domingo also announced his digital series on Youtube.com/TheWalkingDead and AMC.com, Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s, has been picked up for an additional six episodes. The 20-minute video-chat-based show, hosted by Domingo from his home in Los Angeles, taps into his favorite way to stay connected to his community of family and friends – brunch – and takes it virtual. The series returns Sunday, August 23.

SDCC 2020: The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Airs October 4

After a long delay, it was announced at the AMC Walking Dead Comic-Con@Home panel, that the season 10 finale of The Walking Dead will air on Sunday, October 4 at 9 pm.

Showrunner Angela Kang announced an extended season 10 with six extra episodes to follow the finale and air in early 2021. Additionally, Kang confirmed that The Walking Dead Season 11 will not be able to air in its regular October timeslot, due to COVID.

Check out this extended clip from the season finale.

AMC Announces a July 15 Re-Opening

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Despite rising cases of COVID-19 and a first wave that’s still oncoming, AMC theaters has announced that they will be opening about 450 locations around the country. That’s about 90% of the moviegoing at AMC. All theaters will be re-opened by the end of July.

The chain has announced “AMC Safe & Clean,” a new initiative that will “meet or exceed health and safety directives set forth by federal, state and local authorities.”

This initiative includes “Seat capacity restrictions, social distancing efforts, commitments to health, new intensified cleaning protocols, contactless ticketing and expanded mobile ordering of food & beverages.”

You can read more details at their site.

The theaters will not require masks to be worn calling it a “political controversy.” The company has reverse course and will now require the use of masks. They will sell masks for $1.

In early July, the chain will list the opening dates of specific theaters, movie listings, and showtimes.

We’ll be reporting more I’m sure and first we want to see if AMC’s terms of service will change to indemnify them from attendees catching COVID-19 by attending their facilities.

Rumors of Amazon Acquiring AMC Entertainment Causes Shares to Spike

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Could Amazon buy AMC Entertainment? A rumor is going around that may be the case which caused AMC’s shares to spike on Monday. The shares were up over 34% based as of this post on the rumor driven by The Daily Mail, so take it with a grain of salt.

Of course neither company has a comment.

The rumors have met heavy doubts but would be an intriguing move.

Amazon is investing in its own original series with Amazon Studios releasing films and television shows. It would create an integration harkening back to movie studio ownership which ended due to the 1948 court case United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. which affirmed the ownership of theaters by studios violated antitrust law.

There has been talk of allowing such ownership to resume.

What it also provides is a possible avenue for Amazon to further integrate selling related merchandise for releases creating pop up shops.

For now, chalk this one up to a rumor, but an intriguing one.

(via Deadline)

Watch The Walking Dead on Pluto TV for Free!

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AMC Networks has announced that Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in the US, will launch a suite of original AMC Networks channels on May 1, including Stories by AMCSlightly Off by IFCAll Reality WE tv, and The Walking Dead en Español. The launch of these dedicated channels will give Pluto TV customers access to a wide variety of popular and critically acclaimed AMC Networks content, including AMC’s The Walking DeadFear the Walking DeadHalt and Catch Fire, and Into the Badlands; IFC’s Portlandia, Documentary Now! and Brockmire; and WE tv’s Kendra on Top and Mary Mary, and more favorites from across AMC Networks’ cable channels. Select programming will also be available on-demand as part of Pluto TV’s platform.

AMC Theaters Aren’t Opening Any Time Soon and Waiting for New Movies

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While some Governors and areas are lifting restrictions on businesses and gathering but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to go see a film at AMC soon. In a statement Friday, the theater chain said it will keep its venues shut until at least the summer.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

As we plan our reopening, the health and safety of our guests and associates is our absolute highest priority. To be able to open, we also need a line of sight into a regular schedule of new theatrical blockbusters that get people truly excited about returning to their favorite movie theaters.

The theater chain is looking for surefire hits to get people into the seats and that currently isn’t happening until later this year. The first major film is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet which is currently slated for release July 17. It’s followed by Mulan on July 24.

But what about safety?

AMC is currently working through every detail required to successfully showcase these exciting new releases in an environment that’s safe and welcoming for moviegoers, and we will share those details as we get closer to the dates when our theaters will reopen.

AMC Stocks Increase After a Glimpse of Optimism

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Things were looking pretty grim for AMC theaters due to the impact of COVID-19. But, shares surged Friday after the chain said it had enough liquidity to survive the current suspension of operations. A partial reopening is expected around Thanksgiving.

The company also said it had “commenced a private offering of $500 million of first-lien notes due 2025.”

The chain has been shut down since mid-March due to the pandemic and has been generating virtually “no revenue.” Operations are suspended through the end of June.

The company took steps to survive until its reopening including full or partial furloughs of staff, salary reductions, and working with landlords, vendors, and other partners to manage their costs.

The aren’t expected to continue dividend payments or make share repurchases this year.

The company has said:

Due to significant actions taken by the company, we believe our current cash balance is sufficient to withstand a global suspension of operations until a partial reopening in July.

After giving effect to the proposed notes offering, we believe the company will have sufficient liquidity to withstand a global suspension of operations until a partial reopening ahead of Thanksgiving.

But, there is some trepidation as well:

We believe, but cannot guarantee, that the exhibition industry will ultimately rebound and benefit from pent-up social demand for out-of-home entertainment, as government restrictions are lifted and home sheltering subsides.

Will people want to gather together in a theater after this scare? That’s the big unknown but rumors that the chain will file bankruptcy may be just that, rumors.

The stock was up 31.15% to $3.20 as of this article.

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