Channel 5 Sets Premiere Date For ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3

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UPDATE, July 4th: The Walking Dead is on the move. Following less than stellar ratings in its 11 pm time-slot, C5 execs have moved new episodes of AMC’s zombie series to the Sunday night 10pm time-slot on sister channel 5*. Repeats of new episodes will air on Channel 5 at midnight on Tuesdays.

PREVIOUS, June 19th: The third season of AMC’s zombie drama series The Walking Dead will debut on Channel 5 on Saturday June 29th at 11pm, it has been announced.

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, a seemingly kind, helpful individual who built and controls a barricaded utopian community; and Gurira playing Michonne, a fierce, self-taught warrior who saved Andrea in the season two finale.

The show’s 16 episode third season has previously been broadcast in the UK by Pay TV channel Fox (formerly FX UK), however, this is the first time that the third season has been made available free-to-air. Fox continues to hold the exclusive first window pay TV rights to the series and plans to air the fourth season later this year.