No surprises here…. Following on from the show’s fourth season premiering to a record breaking 16.1 million viewers, AMC has renewed its hit series The Walking Dead for a fourth season slated to air in 2014.
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 is produced by AMC Studios & Valhalla Motion Pictures and stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira. Scott Gimple will return as showrunner for season 4.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season. This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast”, said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”