The zombie apocalypse will continue for at least another year.
AMC has shocked absolutely no one with the news that its mega-ratings monster "The Walking Dead" has been renewed for a fifth season. The series, which follows a group of survivors attempting to outlast the undead, continues to astound both on screen and in audience reach. It's latest accomplishment in a long string of record-breaking ratings, including dethroning Sunday Night Football and the World Series in the coveted 18-49 demo on Oct. 27.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever,” AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.”
In an interview with CNN earlier this year, series creator Robert Kirkman admitted that he never thought the show would get this far.
"I'm somewhat of a pessimist," he said. "I never expected this to get made; I never expected the pilot to get picked up; I never expected the episodes to make it to air. I didn't really treat this show like it was happening until it premiered and until the ratings came in. There was a good 24-hour period where I was thinking, 'this is not going to last.' I think that's relative to its success. There's really nothing like this on television. There's really no comparison. I never thought it would succeed or succeed as well it has. It's all been pretty surprising."
Fans looking forward to a season five can also take heart in knowing that AMC and Kirkman are hard at work at a "Walking Dead" spinoff set to debut in 2015.
"It’s a really different location with completely different people, so we are going to see an entirely different corner of the 'Walking Dead' world," Kirkman said earlier this month. "It definitely won’t be set in Georgia, I can at least say that. It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spinoff has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spinoff, you’re like, 'Wow, this is a really awesome show.' The whole other show doesn’t need to exist for this show to be cool and stand on its own."
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