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The Walking Dead: AMC Series Renewed for Season Two

Walking DeadAfter just two episodes have aired, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a second season. Not only did the series have respectable retention week-to-week but there was also significant growth in the key 18-49 demographic.

It seems like AMC knew they had a hit on their hands and was making plans for a second season before the first episode even aired. During the premiere episode, AMC encouraged viewers to visit AMCDead.com to try to win a chance to get a walk-on role as a zombie in a future episode. Since all six episodes of season one have already been completed, they must have been at least fairly certain there would be a second season.

Season one of The Walking Dead concludes on December 6th. Here’s the press release about season two…

AMC RESURRECTS “THE WALKING DEAD” FOR A SECOND SEASON

Biggest Series in Cable History Among Adults 18-49

Network Greenlights 13-Episode Season of Original Hit Series

Biggest Global Original Series Debut on Fox International Channels

(New York, NY – November 8, 2010) AMC announced today the renewal of “The Walking Dead” for a 13-episode second season. Since debuting Sunday, October 31, “The Walking Dead” has broken ratings records, with the series reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable television.

Today’s announcement also includes Fox International Channels’ (FIC) global renewal for a second season, following record-breaking premiere ratings in 120 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. “The Walking Dead” was the highest-rated original series premiere ever to air on FIC simultaneously worldwide.

“The ‘Dead’ has spread!” said Charlie Collier, President, AMC. “No other cable series has ever attracted as many Adults 18-49 as ‘The Walking Dead.’ This reaffirms viewers’ hunger for premium television on basic cable. We are so proud to be bringing back ‘The Dead’ again, across the globe.”

Ratings Highlights for The Walking Dead – Episode 2, which premiered on AMC Sunday, 11/7:
10pm airing – 3.1 HH rating with over 4.7 million viewers;
Adults 18-49 – 3.3 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 – 2.8 million viewers;
Men 18-49 – 2.1 million viewers.

Ratings Highlights for the The Walking Dead – Episode 1, which premiered on AMC Sunday, 10/31:
10pm airing – 3.7 HH rating with over 5.3 million total viewers;
Adults 18-49 – 3.6 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 – 3.1 million viewers;
Men 18-49 – 2.0 million viewers;

“I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming. “‘The Walking Dead’ is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!”

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion and Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serve as Executive Producers.

“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.

Shot on location in Atlanta, “The Walking Dead” is led by a cast that includes Lincoln (“Teachers,” Love Actually) as Rick Grimes, Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (“The Shield,” Stephen King’s The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King’s The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Steven Yeun (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes.

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include the Emmy Award-winning dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and entertaining non-scripted programming such as AMC News. AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 96 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About FOX International Channels
FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 183 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 300 million subscribing households (875 million cumulative) worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses. In operation since: August 14, 1993.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that the TV show will be back for a second season?

 

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danny makhmaltchi November 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

the best zombie pcture ever made by far. the most realistic and blievable scenes and storyline. they dont just sit there and wait 2 b eaten. its not one of those “o no i’ve fallen and i can’t get up” they actually try 2 gat away. i have a cllection of over 3000 dvds and counting and have old and new zombie movies and this for me topd them all and yes even “the night of the living dead” even though for the time it was the best until now. am a fan and always will b. looking forward 2 the dvd collection , but for now will settle for recording on my dvr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blueswoman November 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

I absolutely am a fan of the show and am so happy it has been renewed! ZOMBIES RULE

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Anonymous November 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

This show is outstanding. It is highly entertaining, extremely well written and directed. It is perfection in storytelling. TV in general has become silly, boring and pathetic with reality shows. I want a story.

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Nikki November 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I do not like Zombie shows, usually, but I LOVE THIS ONE! Husband and I are hooked! Looking foward to more episodes. Really like the scene with the old folks and the others helping them!

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Mike November 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Someone should start a petition to get at least 20 episodes of the waling dead fore season 2 and following seasons…

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LW & EW November 19, 2010 at 4:47 am

My daughter and I both LOVE The Walking Dead. She is a Zombie Fanatic, and writes short stories about zombies. She also own author both Zombie Survival Guides that sell at Hastings. I would not be suprised if she becomes a writer of horror novels. She has plenty of time to figure that out, as she is only 18 as of May.
I am not sure how much I like the police officer that lied to his partner’s wife telling her her husband was dead.. Then again I can’t say much about her morals. She was having sex in the woods, with the creep within a few weekks of finding out her husband, and the father of her young son was dead! The other cop had to have known her husband was still alive since he retrieved his wedding ring off the very much alive “best friend” . Now we all know why he couldn’t look at her necklace with her husband’s wedding ring and picture in the locket. It was because he had already screwed the husband in his thoughts, and memories. It is an excellent series though and hope this early 40-ish mom gets to continue to watch it!

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Jackie November 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

so i herd this show aired a few months back but then was taken off the air , they already scheduled a 13 episode season 2 .. i love the show i think its fantastic but how can we be sure it wont get taken off the air again ?

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oleroy812 November 18, 2010 at 1:16 am

love it the world is filled with people just like those dang zombies and there not even dead yet hang on its going to get good real good

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anas5683 November 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

love the show me and my husband tune in evey sunday at 9:59 pm faithfully the show is brilliant and i hope they make it to their 10 seasons we have all are friends hooked on it as well if they weren’t already we like the show that much lol and have had no complaints from anyone who has tuned in every body is talking about how great it is cant wait to see the next episode

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Anthony November 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

i havent been able to watch the show yet. I have the first two recorded on my dvr and plan to watch them when I get some time. Looked interesting when I saw the previews on the net a few months ago. Now that it is assured of a second season i know I definately want to get caught up on the show.

Or I could wait and give myself a zombie day marathon by letting the other episodes air and then catching up on them..lol… either way good to see AMC with another strong showing.

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zane kaften November 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Jeremy, you should have watched the last half of the pilot it was breathtaking as well as the entire second episode. Great things take time and it pays to be patient. I’m looking forward to watching the third episode next Sunday. I hope you give the series another chance.

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Jeremy Rynek November 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Trust me I see your point. This has happened to me many times before. I’m not feeling too bad right now considering the show has already been renewed. But many times people stopped watching and the show was canceled. But the show has been renewed already? I don’t think you need my help honestly.

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Hugh G November 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Its no “Mad Men” but so far it has kept my interest

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Jeremy Rynek November 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Well they didn’t put too much faith into the show, if the first season was just gonna be 6 shows. That’s it??? I watched about half of the pilot and was bored out of my F**KING MIND!!! Very disappointing considering I’m a big zombie fan.

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DNW November 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I am very upset that this show is not available in HD, except on Dish. I have both Verizon FIOS TV and DirecTV, but neither has Walking Dead in hidef. The show looks positively horrible, virtually unwatchable, on my 65″ LCD in standard def.

Evidently, the only way I can get WD in HD is via Google TV via Amazon on Demand, but I will have to pay by the episode. This is most unfair, as I pay around $300/mo for my current services.

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Anonymous November 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Switch to dish network

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Floyd November 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I love it.

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