Third ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Series Will Center On Female Protagonists
Written by KFAT on April 11, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – AMC is expanding ‘The Walking Dead’ franchise by green-lighting a third spinoff show, the network has confirmed.
AMC announced that it will produce the third ‘The Walking Dead’ TV series as it has made a 10-episode order to be co-created by chief content officer and former showrunner Scott M. Gimple and flagship writer Matt Negrete, The Hollywood Reporter wrote.
Few details regarding the upcoming ‘The Walking Dead’ spinoff have been revealed, but it has been confirmed that the story will center on two female protagonists and will focus on the first generation of youngsters to come-of-age in the zombie-infested world.
According to Sarah Barnett, president of AMC’s entertainment networks, the decision to have two female leads stems from viewers’ reaction towards the young women in the flagship ‘The Walking Dead’ series, saying in recent episodes these characters “have resonated” strongly with the audience, Variety reported.
Production will start in Virginia over the summer and the pilot is expected to premiere in 2020 on AMC.
It remains unclear whether any of the characters from ‘The Walk Dead’ or the spinoff ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will appear in the third series. Fan favorites Daryl, portrayed by Norman Reedus, and Carol, portrayed by Melissa McBride, have “franchise deals” that allow them to move around freely in ‘TWD’ universe.
The show remains one of the most bankable for AMC as it is one of the most expensive TV shows for advertisers. In a survey of primetime ad prices, it was found that a package of ads for ‘TWD’ has an average cost of $415,000 in the current season alone. On television, only the NFL football broadcast charges more for ads.
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