IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
- Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
The update comes just hours after the announcement that the first promo for the new series will air during this Sunday's 90 minute "Walking Dead" season finale.
Set in Los Angeles prior to the massive zombie outbreak featured in "The Walking Dead," the spinoff series will star Cliff Curtis as divorced teacher Sean Cabrera and Kim Dickens as the female lead, a guidance counselor named Nancy. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey are also attached to star as Dickens' children, Nick and Ashley.
"We're thrilled to bring audiences worldwide 'Fear The Walking Dead' within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere so that fans can experience the excitement of one of the year's most anticipated new dramas together exclusively on AMC Global," said Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC and Sundance Channel Global, in the announcement. "AMC has created some of the most compelling programming on television in recent years, and this new show will perfectly complement the popular films and exclusive original series showcased on the network."
Adam Davidson, who previously helmed episodes of "Friday Night Lights" and "Fringe," directed the recently-wrapped pilot. The companion series will be executive produced by "The Walking Dead's" Kirkman, Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. "Fear the Walking Dead" has already received a two-season commitment from AMC; the first six episodes will debut this summer with a second season following in 2016.