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The Walking Dead is a horror drama that airs on AMC.
The series is based on the comic book series of the same name published by Image Comics, and set in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors led by Kentucky police officer Rick Grimes. Robert Kirkman, the creator and writer of the comic series, characterizes the book as being about the struggles of the survivors' interpersonal conflicts and attempts to find security, rather than being about the zombies specifically.
In August 2009, Variety announced that Frank Darabont was in final talks with AMC to write and direct the series, with Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert attached as executive producers. AMC Senior VP of Programming Joel Stillerman has said that the series will remain faithful to the tone of the original comics, particularly pointing out that the network's annual Fear Fest movie series in October is one of AMC's most popular events. "This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Stillerman further elaborated. "This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way."
A pilot for the series was ordered up by AMC in January 2010, and a six episode season was announced in March 2010 for an October 2010 premiere. In September 2010, over a month before the show premiered, it was announced that a second season of 13 episodes had already been ordered.
Starting with the second season, a talk show called Talking Dead airs after new episodes, featuring host Chris Hardwick discussing the show with guests.
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Characters: List of characters appearing in the series
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