THE WALKING DEAD Spinoff Setting Revealed to Be Los Angeles

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AMC has been rather secretive when it comes to its potential The Walking Dead spinoff.  Given that the original series is the most watched show on all of television, we knew some sort of brand extension was coming sooner or later.  Comic book creator and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman is executive producing the potential spinoff, which is currently in the pilot stage, but details regarding how the show relates to the original have been few and far between.  We do know that the new series focuses on an entirely different group of survivors and we presumed that it would also take place in an entirely new location.  That suspicion has now been confirmed, as a new report reveals The Walking Dead spinoff setting as Los Angeles.  More after the jump.

AMC Unveils First BETTER CALL SAUL Poster and New Teaser

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It kind of feels like Breaking Bad only just came to an end a few months ago, so it’s hard to believe that the spinoff series Better Call Saul is set to debut in less than two months.  We’ve seen a number of brief video teasers for the Bob Odenkirk-fronted series, but today AMC unveiled the first Better Call Saul poster, which actually might give us a pretty good indication of the show’s tone.  While creator Peter Gould and executive producer Vince Gilligan (the creator of Breaking Bad) initially envisioned Better Call Saul as a half-hour comedy series, the concept evolved throughout development to a one-hour series that Odenkirk describes as “85% drama, 15% comedy.”  Whatever the final tone may be, I’m incredibly curious to see if Gilligan and Gould can succeed in spinning off one of the best shows of all time.

Check out the Better Call Saul poster after the jump along with another new brief teaser video.  The two-night series premiere begins on February 8th at 10/9c.

Cliff Curtis to Lead THE WALKING DEAD Companion Series; Bradley James Takes Title Role in Lifetime’s THE OMEN TV Show DAMIEN

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Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey just scored two key roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, code name Cobalt, and now it looks as though Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related) is getting in on the action as well.  It’s being reported that Curtis snagged the lead role in the pilot episode, which takes place during the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but in a different location.

On top of that, Lifetime’s straight-to-series follow-up of The Omen just scored its headliner as well.  Bradley James will lead Damien as the title character.  Hit the jump for more on both shows

AMC Orders PREACHER Pilot from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Neal Moritz; Series Would Air in 2016

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AMC has been developing a series based on the Garth Ennis comic Preacher with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Neal Moritz for about a year now.  Tonight, the network officially ordered a Preacher pilot.  Rogen and Goldberg remarked:

Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out.  Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this.  We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”

Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script and plan to direct the pilot.  Catlin is the showrunner.  They will shoot the pilot in 2015 for series consideration in 2016.  For more on Preacher, check out Evan’s primer on the story, the characters, and the controversy and our interviews with Rogen and Goldberg.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey Cast in THE WALKING DEAD Companion Series

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Just a little over a month after signing on to direct the pilot episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, Adam Davidson has two key cast members attached.  It’s being reported that Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey just snagged roles in the Walking Dead spinoff series, which apparently is also known as Cobalt.  Dillane’s the guy who played 16-year-old Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and he also has a supporting role in Ron Howard’s upcoming release, In the Heart of the Sea.  Debnam-Carey has worked on a number of short films and TV shows in Australia, but this summer’s Into the Storm marked her American movie debut.

Hit the jump to find out more about the plot of the Walking Dead companion series including who Dillane and Debnam-Carey are playing.

AMC Sets BETTER CALL SAUL Premiere Date for February 8th and Releases New Teaser; Will Air on Monday Nights

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Still reeling from the conclusion of Breaking Bad?  Not to worry, a Better Call Saul premiere date has officially been set for the upcoming spinoff series.  AMC has announced that the hourlong prequel series focusing on morally ambiguous lawyer Saul Goodman (played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk) will debut on Sunday, February 8th at 10pm, which is familiar territory to BB fans.  However, the second episode of Better Call Saul will air the following night, February 9th at 10pm, and the series itself will call Mondays at 10pm home for the remainder of its 10-episode first season.  More on the show after the jump, including a new teaser trailer.

AMC Renews HELL ON WHEELS for Split Fifth and Final Season to Air in 2015 and 2016

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There’s good news and bad news for fans of AMC’s Western series Hell on Wheels.  The good news is that Hell on Wheels Season 5 has officially been ordered.  The bad news is the show has also effectively been canceled.  THR reports that the cable network has commissioned 14 final episodes for the series, which will be split into two half-seasons as per AMC’s annoying new tradition.  The first half of Season 5 will air next summer, while the second half will air in Summer 2016.  This is the same strategy that was employed for the final seasons of both Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and serves to pad out AMC’s original programming content while the network tries to get a new hit series off the ground.  More after the jump.

AMC Acquires Spy Drama THE NIGHT MANAGER Starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie; Hulu Orders Original Series CASUAL from Jason Reitman

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We have a couple of brief TV acquisition stories for you today.  First up, as we reported earlier this month, the BBC is developing a limited-series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager.  The espionage drama, which will star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend.  Given the lead actors, the source material’s author, and the premise, it’s no wonder that the series ignited a bidding war.  According to THR, AMC has won the U.S. distribution rights, which is good thing for the cable network considering they’re hard up for quality programming now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is almost finished (Better Call Saul might be good, but it will be compared to one of TV’s greatest shows right out the gate).  Granted, The Night Manager is a limited series (probably six to eight episodes), but it will likely be a huge draw for the network nonetheless.

Hit the jump for other TV news regarding director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) setting up the new original comedy series Casual for Hulu.

Adam Davidson to Direct the Pilot Episode of THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Series

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AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series just locked a director for the pilot episode and he’s an Academy Award winner!  Adam Davidson snagged the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film back in 1991 for The Lunch Date and, ever since, he’s been racking up TV credits.  He’s worked on a slew of shows including Lost, Deadwood, Dexter, True Blood, Fringe, Big Love, Masters of Sex and so many more.

Davidson is expected to start shooting his Walking Dead companion series episode late this year.  Hit the jump for more on the show and Davidson.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Premiere Shatters Ratings Records with 17.3 Million Viewers

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In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear from the fact that it got a Season 6 renewal before its current season even started, The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere ratings prove that the AMC drama series isn’t going anywhere soon.  Last night’s episode (read Dave’s recap here) drew a series high 17.3 million viewers, besting its previous record of 16.1 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere by over 1 million viewers.  Moreover, in the all-important 18-49 demo, the episode notched an 8.8 rating.  By comparison, that’s nearly double the highest rating for any entertainment programming last week, as The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.5 rating in the demo on CBS.

Even if you’re not a fan of The Walking Dead (and I’m really not), you have to admit that these numbers are insane.  In an age where more and more people are consuming television from a variety of different platforms on a delayed schedule, the fact that a basic cable show can pull in these kinds of numbers is staggering.  Watch a sneak peek for next week’s episode after the jump.

Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman Tease “Heartbreaking” and “Kick Ass” THE WALKING DEAD Season 5

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Currently one of the most popular and most talked about shows on TV is AMC’s The Walking Dead, now in its fifth season and already picked up for a sixth.  As part of PaleyFest NY, the ultimate TV fan festival, executive producers Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman spoke about the series that they’re clearly proud of and passionate about, as well as very grateful to the fans for all of the success of.

During the interview, they talked about the theme for Season 5, described the season in five words, being on the same page as the actors who know their roles so well, that Season 5 follows the comic closer than any season has before, what aspects of the comic they’re excited to get to, adding new characters and characters from the comic this season, providing answers to the questions about Terminus right away, telling Beth’s story, and introducing Negan at some point.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

THE WALKING DEAD Renewed for Sixth Season

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Just ahead of the season five premiere, AMC has officially renewed The Walking Dead for a sixth season.  This is a show we should just assume is set to auto-renew.  With Breaking Bad over and Mad Men headed to its final episodes, AMC is clinging to the zombie series, which will be the network’s only bona fide hit unless a new series breaks out.  I’m sure Better Call Saul will premiere big, but will it be able to hold on to its audience?  Right now, this is a network that needed to renew Halt and Catch Fire despite low ratings, so there’s no way they’re going to let The Walking Dead die.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The fifth season of The Walking Dead premieres October 12th

THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Character Descriptions Reveal Level-Headed Parents and Rebellious Teens

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Since AMC’s The Walking Dead is currently the highest rated drama series on all of television in the coveted 18-49 demo, it was only a matter of time before AMC expanded the brand.  The network announced plans for a Walking Dead spin-off last year, and officially ordered a pilot for the potential series earlier this month.  With the wheels in motion to finally move forward on this new corner of the Walking Dead universe, character descriptions for the pilot episode have landed online that give us a few hints as to what we may expect from the Walking Dead companion series.  We previously heard that the new show might be a prequel of sorts, focusing on the early efforts to combat the zombie infection in its infancy, and these character descriptions appear to corroborate that information.

Hit the jump to read the Walking Dead spin-off character descriptions, which seem to have a heavy focus on family.

AMC Orders THE WALKING DEAD Companion Series Pilot Episode

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We first told you about AMC’s plan to develop a Walking Dead companion series about a year ago and now the network is finally moving forward with it.  It didn’t get a straight-to-series order like Better Call Saul, but AMC did give the show’s pilot episode the go-ahead.  It’s said to be set in the same zombie apocalypse environment as the original show, but this iteration will focus on brand new characters in an entirely different area.

We’ve seen spinoff series before, but the idea of a “companion” show could put an interesting spin on the scenario.  I know I’ve often wondered what other survivors are up to and, according to AMC President Charlie Collier, so do many other viewers.  Hit the jump for more on The Walking Dead companion series.

Stephen Gaghan Set to Direct the Pilot for AMC’s Geopolitical Drama WHITE CITY

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Academy Award winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan is a busy guy right now.  Not only does he have Matthew McConaughey nearing a deal to star in his upcoming feature, Gold, but now he’s also gearing up to direct and executive produce an AMC pilot, too.  It’s called White City and is being described as a geopolitical drama about Western diplomats and journalists in Afghanistan.  We last reported on it well over a year ago when it was amongst a list of shows AMC had in development.

The concept comes from co-writers and co-executive producers Nick McDonell and John Dempsey.  McDonell wrote the book Twelve, which was adapted into a film that hopefully you’ve forgotten by now.  He also worked as a journalist, covering Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dempsey is a former resident of Kabul who became a senior advisor on Afghanistan.  Hit the jump for more on what they’ve got in the works.

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