The Walking Dead was at the Television Critics Association winter press tour to talk about three upcoming spin-offs and the end of another. As previously reported, Fear the Walking Dead will end with season eight this year. That series will premiere in May. Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios at AMC Networks softened that blow with news about three new spin-offs.
“And now we are set to bring forth the next iteration of the franchise — two new and anticipated series featuring the beloved characters of Maggie [Cohan], Negan [Morgan] and Daryl. Along with that we begin production on the next chapter in Rick and Michonne’s unforgettable love story, which we look forward to sharing next year. This next phase of our beloved Walking Dead franchise promises to engage and enthrall faithful viewers. Fans new and old will love seeing zombies walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, beneath the Eiffel Tower, inside the Louvre, and at dozens more exotic and iconic locations from around the country and world.” – McDermott, TCA winter tour
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The Walking Dead: Dead City
This series was originally set to premiere in April, as announced at New York Comic Con back in October. That date has been pushed back to June. There is no specific date of the premiere as of yet. Lauren Cohan returns as Maggie Rhee as she pairs up with the most unlikely companion, Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The two travel to “a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.” The series also stars Gaius Charles, Zeljko Ivanek, Karina Ortiz, Jonathan Higginbotham and Mahina Napoleon. TWD creator Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Eli Jorné, Cohan, Morgan Bockrath and Brian Bockrath are executive producers.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon
The Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) series will premiere later this year, following TWD: Dead City. This series is currently in production in France. The show was originally supposed to be a Daryl and Carol spin-off; however, Melissa McBride left the project in mid-2022. Here is the preliminary synopsis of the series:
In “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon,” Daryl (Reedus) washes ashore in France and struggles to piece together how he got there and why. The series tracks his journey across a broken but resilient France as he hopes to find a way back home. As he makes the journey, though, the connections he forms along the way complicate his ultimate plan.
The series stars Reedus, Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis. It is executive produced by Gimple, showrunner David Zabel, Reedus, Greg Nicotero, Angela Kang, Brian Bockrath and Daniel Percival.
The Walking Dead: Rick and Michonne
A couple of weeks ago, Danai Gurira posted a photo of herself with Andrew Lincoln and Gimple indicating that they were getting started on the long awaited Rick and Michonne series. Now we know that series is will begin production this year and will premiere sometime in 2024. We got a short glimpse of the two beloved characters at the end of the TWD series finale. We know they lived past their time on the show, but what has happened since? AMC released the following log line for the show:
Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?
Gimple serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Lincoln and Gurira.
This is exciting. It’s not the end of an era, just a new chapter. I’m excited for all three shows and hope to see some familiar faces in all. The Walking Dead: Dead City premieres in June, followed by The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon later this year. And Rick and Michonne return in 2024 on AMC.
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