A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that The Walking Dead companion series had completed filming its pilot, but it still had not officially been picked up to series. That’s changed now, and in a big way.
The prequel series to The Walking Dead still doesn’t have an official title (it’s working title is Cobalt), but not only has it been picked up, it’s been guaranteed for two seasons, according to THR. The first season will premiere late this summer (and will only consist of six episodes), while the second season will roll out in 2016.
This, of course, means that AMC will be able to run either The Walking Dead or its spin-off for more than half the year, assuming the second season gets a 16 episode order. Details about the companion series are unofficial, but we know it’s set in Los Angeles, and based on a pilot script leak, it looks as though it will be a prequel set — at least initially — during the time in which Rick was in a coma, i.e., during the initial outbreak (it may also be called Fear the Walking Dead).
Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens will play the leads in a pilot co-written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, who will be running the show. Adam Davidson directed the pilot.