AMC Goes Zombie Apocalypse With ‘The Walking Dead’
March 30, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel has rightfully earned a reputation of late, as the go-to network for intelligent and provocative original programming. Once an overlooked cable channel, noted for reruns of “Harry Met Sally” and the like, is now giving HBO and Showtime a run for their money, with its flagship Emmy Award winning program “Mad Men,” followed by “Breaking Bad, “The Prisoner” and “Broken Trail.” Now, AMC is venturing into the realm of an apocalyptic zombie series, based on Robert Kirkman’s satirical monthly comic series chronicling a group of survivors battling the undead.
Kirkman’s comic book series, “The Walking Dead,” depicts the struggles of Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and other survivors who join together to survive in an Apocalyptic world populated with flesh-eating zombies.
The new AMC series, entitled “Dead” will premier in October, during the channel’s “Fright Fest” specials. “The Ghost Writer” co-star Jon Bernthal has been signed on to play Rick Grime’s former partner Shane.
Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior VP of programming, is a fan of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead,” comics for “brilliantly capturing the social commentary and ongoing human drama of the zombie apocalypse. And it lets us kick a little zombie you-know-what from time to time.”
In addition to “Dead,” AMC is also working on two other original programs; “Rubicon,” and “The Killing.”
Source: the Hollywood Reporter
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