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Walking Dead Gets A 90-Minute Premiere, But A Split Season

AMC announced this morning that it’s expanding the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead to 90 minutes but will break up the 13-episode run into two parts. That groaning you hear isn’t the walkers.

The acclaimed drama, based on the long-running horror comic by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, will return Sunday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, kicking off AMC’s annual “Fearfest” horror marathon. Six more one-hour episodes will air in the following weeks. But then The Walking Dead will take a break, returning Feb. 12 for the final six episodes of the season.

That’s right, no zombies from Dec. 4 to Feb. 5.

According to Vulture, AMC is also mulling  a talk show, similar to Bravo’s successful Watch What Happens: Live, that would air after dramas like Mad Men and The Walking Dead, with Chris Hardwick leading a discussion of that week’s episode.

Official Press Release

AMC’s critically acclaimed original series, “The Walking Dead,” is back with its much anticipated second 13 episode season. Kicking off a two week long Fearfest, the network will once again present viewers with a 90-minute premiere episode, airing at 9 PM ET on Sunday, October 16th, with six one-hour episodes in the weeks following. The final six episodes of the season will commence on Sunday, February 12th at 9pm ET.  The 90 minute version will also be launched globally on all Fox International Channels, following the US premiere the week of October 17th-23rd. Season two will reach FOX audiences in 122 countries, speaking 35 languages and will be seen by over 200 million households globally.

In conjunction with “The Walking Dead,” beginning with the February 12th airing, will be the recently announced unscripted series “Secret Stash” executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Mall Rats), Charlie Corwin from Original Media (LA Ink, Miami Ink, Storm Chasers and Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State).

“The Walking Dead” follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (“Love Actually,” “Teachers,” “Strike Back”), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” “The Ghost Writer”) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”), is Rick’s wife, Lori Grimes.  Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Recently announced guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. 

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with AMC’s Docu-Stories, a slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About.  Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.


  • Scud

    Well damn that’s dumb.

  • Anonymous

    I hate AMC now.

  • Jacob

    Oh come on! Splitting up such a short season is ridiculous. Airing all of them in October/November works great. Zombies will be big during that time, not in February. People are interested in a different kind of heart by that time of the year.

  • Halfhowl

    Just about every series is doing that, some are taking a year and more to start the new season.

  • Kevin Melrose

    Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a walking corpse.

    Love is … never having so say you’re sorry … for eating your significant other’s brains.

  • Jacob

    There’s a dig at consumerism in here somewhere… And one at symbiotic (read: clingy) relationships.

  • Tom Skibinski

    meh… I’ll take this over waiting even longer for the season to start.

  • mdk

    They’re just doing everything they can to kill the “nerd show”, even though it got higher ratings last season than Mad Men ever did.  Dumb suits.

  • KirkmanFan

    First Darabont was let go for budgetary reasons…now this?!

    AMC is really dropping the ball on this whole franchise.

  • Mjharwood

    If anything, it helps them spread the cost of production out a bit… hopefully that means some of the budget issues we heard about won’t cause problems.

    Besides, I’d rather see 6 episodes every 4-6 months than 12 episodes every year.  It’s working for Doctor Who this season.

  • Chris

    It’s not that bad.  Quick calculation shows that six episodes will end just before the holiday season starting with Turkey Day.  So why air this then and for Christmas and New Years?  We at least get Halloween, as it obviously should be.  That said, it should come back earlier January, as between then and February 5th could be thought of as needless “dead air” for it to get back on track for viewers, particularly with new shows fighting for attention.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t they just cancel the damn show?!  They have done everything I can imagine to dampen my interest in it’s return.  Pick up the comic books, folks- they are much better than even season 1 of the TV show and with no B.S.- everything is just how the creator wants it.

  • Colonel Lee

    Darabont didn’t put up with no b*******t .. he had to go .. 

    anyhow, if they mess around with a hit show like TWD, I’d hate to see what they do with one that ain’t a hit .. welcome to Hollywood, Robert Kirkman ..

  • Bobdole

    Every show on tv does this anyway.  No series has new episodes running from Thanksgiving through the new year, so no big deal.

  • Kandou Erik

    boooooooooo! boo-urns!

  • Paul

    Probably the post-Darabont eps will air in Feb. 

  • Jacob

    I can name off-hand a dozen TV shows that air episodes in December.

  • Erykdonovan

    That’s annoying, why spilt something that would only take 3 months!? I hope they don’t decide to do two separate dvd releases as well… All this Season 2.5 etc.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m a little disappointed that the season will be split up, but I guess I’m just grateful that it got a second season I will have access to. That’s good enough for me!

  • Guest

    I don’t understand how this is an issue for people. Be glad this show is on the air, regardless of how its doled out.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    That’s not such a long wait. Nowadays there’s so many things to fill the gap with.

  • TNO821

    I wouldn’t say it’s working for Doctor Who.  Word is that they aren’t going to repeat that experiment; Doctor Who lost quite a few viewers in series 6, with the drop off being blamed on the split season.

  • TNO821

    You’re kidding right?  The *only* reason to split the season like this is so that they can sell a “Season 2 Part 1″ BD and DVD for Christmas!