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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