So what’s happening elsewhere in the apocalypse?
AMC has ordered a pilot episode for a spin-off of The Walking Dead. That’s right – AMC’s doing a second zombie show (sorry, walker show) set in the same universe where Rick, Carl, and of course Daryl are taking the heads off of undead freaks in the American south. Only this one will be set somewhere else, with new characters.
“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them,” Kirkman said.
Even when I was just reading the comics, before there was ever a show, I wondered what was happening outside Georgia. Now we’re going to find out a bit about that. At least I assume it won’t be set in the same place.
That’s because we are unlikely to see the characters from the current show on there. This is something of a no-no with spin-offs. If you bring Daryl in on the first episode, people watch it for that reason. The show has to succeed on its own merit. Cameos may happen later on, but that tends to only happen when the ratings are slipping…and by the time they are resorting to tricks like that, it’s only to delay the inevitable.
The pilot is supposed to start production in January 2015, and if all goes well, we may see the new show premier alongside the season six premier of the Walking Dead.
It’s hard to imagine that anything but serious technical difficulties preventing AMC from picking the show up longterm, given what a cash cow the current series has been. The show averaged about 15 million viewers last season, about 11 of which were in the 18-49 demographic that marketers love.
Until then, we’ll just have to make do with the main show, which will premier next month. We’ll all muddle through somehow.