If you have yet to catch the phenomenal drama that is AMC's "The Walking Dead," now would be a good time to cancel your weekend plans.
The network will air all 19 episodes of the zombie series starting July 7 at 11:30 a.m. EST, concluding on Sunday evening with a sneak peek at season three and a special "black and-white" re-airing of the show's pilot.
"The special version of the series’ first episode was created specifically for fans of "The Walking Dead," as it holds true to the original black-and-white comic book written by Robert Kirkman," the network says in a statement.
The series, which last year broke the record for the most-watched basic cable drama telecast in history, has been a critical darling, earning a Writers Guild of America Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series Drama.
AMC has also been fortunate in its timing: zombies have never been hotter in the world of pop culture. With so many bizarre incidents taking place earlier this summer, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been forced to respond to public concern. "The CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," wrote agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huffington Post.
While a real-world zombie apocalypse is (for now) not in our foreseeable future, the one taking place in our televisions is certainly worth tuning in for. In a behind-the-scenes video on the set of "The Walking Dead," the actors drop hints about where the story is headed — and it doesn't sound friendly.