Channel 5 Closes Deal To Acquire Free-To-Air Rights To ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3

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Exclusive: I have just learned that Channel 5 has closed a deal with Entertainment One (eOne) to acquire the free-to air rights to the third season of AMC’s zombie series The Walking Dead.

Sources familiar with the deal between Channel 5 and eOne tell me that, just like the deals for the show’s previous two seasons, it includes a clause preventing Channel 5 from broadcasting the show’s third season until late-Spring/early-Summer 2013. The exclusive first run UK pay TV rights to The Walking Dead are retained by FX UK, who will be airing the show’s 16 episode third season this October.

Based on the graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead was developed for television by Frank Darabont and follows a group of people, led by deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, who are attempting  to survive after an outbreak has led to the rise of the undead (known colloquially as walkers). The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, and Lauren Cohan. David Morrissey and Danai Gurira are joining the cast for the show’s third season, with Morrissey playing The Governor and Gurira playing Michonne, who saved Andrea in the season two finale.