The Walking Dead continues to conquer ratings and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. AMC announced the show has been renewed for a ninth season. Not only that, but the hit show will have a new showrunner.
Co-producer Angela Kang will become the fourth showrunner for the show, taking over the reigns from Scott Gimple. Kang joined the show in 2011 and has written over 20 episodes for The Walking Dead. Kang will take over when production starts up for season nine, set to premiere in late 2018.
AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios president Charlie Collier released the following statement about Kang’s promotion.
This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. 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.
Gimple is being promoted to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire TWD franchise. Gimple recently took over as showrunner for season four of Fear the Walking Dead, currently in production. The franchise includes the two shows, gaming and any future branding extensions.
The Walking Dead is currently in it’s eighth season, set to return to AMC on Sunday, February 25.