Why is AMC making a 'Walking Dead' companion series?

Posted at 9:48 PM, Sep 05, 2014

AMC apparently hopes "The Walking Dead" can give life to a companion series. The cable network announced Friday it has ordered a pilot for such a show.

The new series will be set in the same zombie apocalypse as AMC's existing megahit, but don't expect to see any familiar faces. This show will follow an entirely new cast of survivors in a new — but likely still terrifying — part of the country.

Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic series on which the TV show is based, will be the executive producer of the show itself. He wrote the pilot's script alongside former "Sons of Anarchy" writer Dave Erickson. Kirkman is also pulling over "Walking Dead" executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert to produce the new show with him.

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