The Walking Dead is not coming to an end at AMC anytime soon.
According to Variety, the cable network has confirmed the show will return for Season 9, but there will be some changes behind the scenes.
Current showrunner, Scott M. Gimple has been promoted to Chief Content Officer and will oversee the entire The Walking Dead television universe.
That extends to spin-off series, Fear The Walking Dead, which recently tapped a new showrunner to revamp the series.
Angela Kang will succeed Gimple as showrunner on the parent series. Angela has been part of the show since 2011 and has written 20 episodes since she joined.
“This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, Sundance TV, and AMC Studios.
“We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction."
"Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe."
"Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott, and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”
The Walking Dead has gone through various changes of leadership during its eight years on the air. The show has already had three showrunners.
“‘The Walking Dead’ is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said.
“As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ with new narratives like ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”
“I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with ‘The Walking Dead’” Kang said.
“Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me,” said Kang.
“I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
The Walking Dead Season 8 is down 30 percent in the ratings, so the network executives will be looking to stop the bleeding to secure it as the dominant TV force it once was.
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