AMC announced this morning that it's expanding the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead to 90 minutes but will break up the 13-episode run into two parts. That groaning you hear isn't the walkers.
The acclaimed drama, based on the long-running horror comic by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, will return Sunday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, kicking off AMC's annual "Fearfest" horror marathon. Six more one-hour episodes will air in the following weeks. But then The Walking Dead will take a break, returning Feb. 12 for the final six episodes of the season.
That's right, no zombies from Dec. 4 to Feb. 5.
According to Vulture, AMC is also mulling a talk show, similar to Bravo's successful Watch What Happens: Live, that would air after dramas like Mad Men and The Walking Dead, with Chris Hardwick leading a discussion of that week's episode.
Official Press Release
AMC's critically acclaimed original series, "The Walking Dead," is back with its much anticipated second 13 episode season. Kicking off a two week long Fearfest, the network will once again present viewers with a 90-minute premiere episode, airing at 9 PM ET on Sunday, October 16th, with six one-hour episodes in the weeks following. The final six episodes of the season will commence on Sunday, February 12th at 9pm ET. The 90 minute version will also be launched globally on all Fox International Channels, following the US premiere the week of October 17th-23rd. Season two will reach FOX audiences in 122 countries, speaking 35 languages and will be seen by over 200 million households globally.
In conjunction with "The Walking Dead," beginning with the February 12th airing, will be the recently announced unscripted series "Secret Stash" executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Mall Rats), Charlie Corwin from Original Media (LA Ink, Miami Ink, Storm Chasers and Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State).
"The Walking Dead" follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln ("Love Actually," "Teachers," "Strike Back"), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Jon Bernthal ("The Pacific," "The Ghost Writer") plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies ("Prison Break"), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Recently announced guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince.
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