US network AMC orders two seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ spin-off

The spin-off series, currently untitled, is set to premiere in late summer (2015)

US network AMC has ordered two seasons of its forthcoming The Walking Dead spin-off series.

The first season of the spin-off series, which is currently untitled, will comprise six episodes and is due to premiere on AMC towards the end of the summer, Deadline reports. The second season, whose length has yet to be determined, will follow in 2016.

The spin-off series is set in the midst of the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but takes place in a different location, Los Angeles. The spin-off has been co-created by Robert Kirkman, whose graphic novel also provided the basis for The Walking Dead. Its main cast includes young British actor Frank Dillane, who played Tom Riddle in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, and former Treme star Kim Dickens.

AMC’s president Charlie Collier said in a press release: “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. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”

The Walking Dead has been a huge hit for AMC since it debuted in 2010, with its Season Five premiere, shown in October, attracting the highest ever audience for a drama in US cable TV history.