Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Sophia (Madison Lintz), Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), T-Dog (Robert 'IronE' Singleton), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC/Matthew Welch

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Sophia (Madison Lintz), Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), T-Dog (Robert 'IronE' Singleton), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC/Matthew Welch

AMC has ordered two seasons of the yet-to-be-named THE WALKING DEAD spin-off show that will be focused on new characters with an entirely new storyline.

The first season of the show will consist of six one-hour episodes and is slated to premiere in the late summer of this year. The second season will air in 2016.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from THE WALKING DEAD will serve as executive producers on the new series that will star Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. Kirkman co-wrote the pilot of the new series along with Dave Erickson.

In a statement, Charlie Collier, AMC president, said “We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out. Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”

Meanwhile, Kirkman said in the same statement “We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC. I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story.  I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”

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