Tuesday’s NAB “The Walking Dead” panel drew an even mix of tattooed twenty-somethings, suits, and camera gear-junkies.
Not necessarily a guaranteed crowd pleaser, dystopian survival series “The Walking Dead,” adapted from the popular graphic comics, has built a massive following both in viewer ratings and social media. AMC has aired just 19 episodes over the first two seasons, but grew the audience to over 9 million viewers for the Season Two finale and an average of 6.9 million viewers throughout the season.
Season Three launches this October with 16 episodes. Executive producer and comic writer/creator Robert Kirkman and his team – executive producers Dave Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd, and showrunner/writer Glen Mazzara – will soon find out just where AMC’s limits are.
How far can they go with their trademark gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
“You’re not going to please everybody,” added Hurd (producer of “The Terminator” and “Aliens”), “but unlike many episodic shows spanning multiple seasons, we’ve kept with the original creators and I think that is really important to our consistent fan base.”
Well, some of them anyway. Exec producer/showrunner Frank Darabont got the boot after the first season.