Friday, September 2, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 gets 90 Minute Pilot and Split Season

Following the departure of former showrunner and legendary director Frank Darabont, it appears that more changes have been given to the upcoming second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead". The network has announced in a press release that it will expand its premiere episode, slated for an October 16th debut, to 90-minutes, echoing the length time of the pilot for the very first season last year.

Thing is, Season 2 is now cut in half, with episodes one through seven airing through October and November. A brief hiatus will commence from December to January, and the next half of the season will pick up starting February 12th with episode eight until thirteen.

The Walking Dead Season 2 SDCC '11 Trailer

Honestly, it's not too bad a compromise as it sounds. While it certainly keeps us fans in a cliffhanger for two months in between the end of this year and the beginning of the next, at least we know there's something to look forward to in until we can determine whether or not the future of the Walking Dead TV Series will still live on past the end of Season 2 as a whole even with Mr. Darabont's absence. Check out the full press release from AMC below. For more info on the story, visit IGN or Spinoff Online.

Official Press Release
AMC’s critically acclaimed original series, “The Walking Dead,” is back with its much anticipated second 13 episode season. Kicking off a two week long Fearfest, the network will once again present viewers with a 90-minute premiere episode, airing at 9 PM ET on Sunday, October 16th, with six one-hour episodes in the weeks following. The final six episodes of the season will commence on Sunday, February 12th at 9pm ET.  The 90 minute version will also be launched globally on all Fox International Channels, following the US premiere the week of October 17th-23rd. Season two will reach FOX audiences in 122 countries, speaking 35 languages and will be seen by over 200 million households globally.
In conjunction with “The Walking Dead,” beginning with the February 12th airing, will be the recently announced unscripted series “Secret Stash” executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Mall Rats), Charlie Corwin from Original Media (LA Ink, Miami Ink, Storm Chasers and Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State).
“The Walking Dead” follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (“Love Actually,” “Teachers,” “Strike Back”), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” “The Ghost Writer”) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”), is Rick’s wife, Lori Grimes.  Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Recently announced guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. 
About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with AMC’s Docu-Stories, a slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About.  Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

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