AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a 16 episode sixth season, TVWise has learned.
Based on the graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead 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 drama series stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan. David Morrissey and Danai Gurira.
The renewal comes ahead of the launch of season five, which is set to premiere on AMC on Sunday October 12 at 9/8c. The network is also in the midst of developing a spin-off series, which will be set in a different part of the world during the early days of the Zombie apocalypse. The spin-off, which recently received a formal pilot green-light, is being penned by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson.
“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”