In what is possibly the most non-shocking news of the century, AMC has announced the renewal of their monster hit zombie show “The Walking Dead” for a fifth season. No word, though, if the show will expand on its current 16-episode a season. As someone who already thinks the show is stretching it at 16 episodes, I certainly hope not.
Charlie Collier, AMC president, said this in a statement:
We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season. 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. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.
Glad to see even network bosses are not immune to the absurd. Well DUH you’re going to renew “The Walking Dead”. If it’s not the biggest show on TV, network or cable, then it’s pretty darn close.
It’s so big, in fact, that the producers are already working on a spin-off show focusing on a new set of characters. Not to mention there’s even a one-hour talk show called “Talking Dead” that’s basically just a bunch of people talking ABOUT the show. Talk about making its own cottage industry.