It's true, AMC has produced some of the best television shows in the history of ... er, television. Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men. But ever since the sad news came out about a Breaking Bad spinoff, tentatively titled Better Call Saul, fans were understandably worried how they could possibly pull it off and have it equal the quality of the original show. And now AMC has announced that there's also a Walking Dead spinoff, aka "companion series," in the works too. Oy.
Sometimes when a brilliant series is coming to an end, like Breaking Bad, it's best for it to end on a high note and move on. Doesn't seem like the case for WD, as there's a target on-air date for 2015. Keep in mind that Breaking Bad is wrapping up this year (OMG noooooo it can't beeeeeee) and Mad Men will also be done next season (WTF are we supposed to do with our lives?). They're desperate.
But there's only one thing fans of Walking Dead would be clamoring to see to ensure the spinoff's success.
They want to see how the zombie apocalypse began! Wouldn't it be great to look at the world pre-plague and find out how the situation got so uncontrollable? But of course it's impossible to speculate in which direction the new series will go, as the story and characters will be completely new. Even setting the show in NYC or something like that would make me tune in every week. But seriously, how often do spinoffs enjoy the same ratings/quality as the shows on which they're based? Answer: not all that often.
In case you were wondering, comics creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert are all on board for the project. In a release, Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, said, “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
It's easy to worry about the lack of quality, original TV programming out there, and it's kind of sad AMC is taking this route, along with Better Call Saul, instead of tackling something new and refreshing. We can only hope they don't become a sequel/prequel money-making machine. Spinoffs just sound like a bad idea. But with so many of their most popular shows coming to an end, this news really isn't all that shocking.
What's next, a Mad Men spinoff set in LA? Wouldn't surprise me at this point. But please, no.
Anyway, that means that the next season of Walking Dead needs to be better than ever to keep viewers hooked for a spinoff series. Season 4 kicks off October 13 at 9 p.m.
Here's the trailer for season 4 in case you missed it:
What do you think of a Walking Dead spinoff? Anything they could do to make you tune in?
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