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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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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.
After a long delay, it was announced at the AMCWalking 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.
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.”
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.
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 AMC, Slightly Off by IFC, All 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 Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Halt 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.
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.
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.