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Walking Dead Debut Expanded

AMC tacks on 30 extra minutes to Walking Dead premiere.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 01, 2011
Source: AMC

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More zombie time is in store for fans of The Walking Dead, with AMC announcing that they've expanded the October 16 season two premiere into a 90-minute episode instead of the original 60-minute launch that was previously planned. Check out the statement below and feel free to watch the four minute SDCC trailer as well.

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, once again, presents 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 commences on Sunday, February 12th at 9pm ET. The 90 minute version is also scheduled to be launched globally on all Fox International Channels, following the US premiere the week of October 17th-23rd. Season two reaches FOX audiences in 122 countries, speaking 35 languages and is seen by over 200 million households globally.

In conjunction with "The Walking Dead," beginning with the February 12th airing, AMC also announces the 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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fallensbane 9/1/2011 11:56:27 PM

So effing sick of networks splitting a season in half. We wait a goddamn year as is only to have a season split like this is BS and I believe this is a reason some shows have been canceled in the past. People are finicky and tend to forget if its not in their face.

RedHood2010 9/2/2011 4:29:06 AM

I don't think it will effect this show.  Much stronger than V.

hfc7036 9/2/2011 4:57:53 AM

Unfortunately, TV shows with longer seasons are being cut from the airwaves faster than you can say, "I love this show."  This is a new way of beating the TV Show budget crisis.  More quality PER SHOW, rather than every other episode being mediocre.  The success of a TV Show is no longer its high concept.  It's being smart and knowing exactly what needs to be done.  I don't like it because this show is really freakin' good, but I definitely understand that too many episodes can eventually lead to disaster.

Bryzarro 9/2/2011 5:12:25 AM

 I'm not too happy about the split but in hindsight last season we only got 6 episodes and look how long we had to wait.  This year we get six, then from Feb we get more.

Hobbs 9/2/2011 5:33:40 AM

I agree Fallen...this could backfire on them especially if it doesn't come charging out of the gates.  Now if they wanted to air 10 episodes, take the holidays off then air the final 10 in the spring I'm okay with that because that's what all the networks do...but this only being 13 eps could hurt this show splitting it like that.  Only time will tell. 

It is all about the money, this way they can have walking dead DVD's season 2.0 released right before it picks up again next feb.

hfc, 13 episodes won't lead to disaster, 20-24 you have a chance for those filler eps but not 13.  Thus cutting it in half makes it a gamble on the part of AMC.  I like how F/X does it....they air all 13 episodes of a season, like Sons right now then a new series takes over when that's over, probably that fighter show, then when that's over Justified will be back, etc,etc.  That's the way to do it.

Wiseguy 9/2/2011 6:35:52 AM

Look what cutting seasons in half and did for Men of a Certain Age, possibly the best drama on tv last couple of years

amc thinks they can do no wrong cause of their recent success and firing Darabont and cutting this shows budget shows the arrogance that is creeping in to the network. I read a piece not long ago about this same exact subject and how amc has to learn when to spend money when they a winner in their hands and when to cut back. amc damn near lost Breaking Bad to another network for being cheap.

Anyway I hope the show maintains its quality, I'm not as confident as I was before

lusiphur 9/2/2011 6:38:18 AM

 OK.  I'm confused over the concern here.  Last year we got 6 episodes of a wonderful TV series.  Then we were told we'd have to wait a year to see the next season.  And we've waited and eagerly anticipated its return.  Now you're worried doing 6 episodes and then waiting 4 months for more is going to somehow hurt veiwership?  I know I'm happy to get anything Walking Dead on my TV and I'm damn sure happier that I only  have to wait 4 months to get another taste instead of the year I've just waited.

Ryodin 9/2/2011 6:43:33 AM

Just wanted to point out that if you read the article again, it's 7 episodes this year. Not six. Then the remaining six next year.

I can live with that.

ddiaz28 9/2/2011 7:27:10 AM

I have mixed feelings about this.  I think the show is good enough that a break would not hurt it.  But a break definitely hurt Lost in season 3 and I don't want that to happen to Walking Dead.  The loss of Darabont is a huge blow as well.  At least Kirkman is still writing so I think he will always keep it on track.  I guess I was just looking forward to a longer seamless season and now it will feel like 2 short seasons again.  I bet I can guess what the ending to the first half will be!

axia777 9/2/2011 10:06:22 AM

Persoanlly I do not care what they do with the season by breaking it up.  This show rules and is the best show on non-premium cable TV channels.  I will follow it no matter what as long as the quality and hardcore nature of the show stay the same.  Go AMC!  I have faith that they will keep this one going till the end.  Look at Breaking Bad.  It is super messed up and it is still going strong.

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