Despite us being almost a month away from its series premiere, AMC has already decided to renew upcoming spin-off Fear the Walking Dead for a second season. This move isn’t entirely unprecedented for the network, as Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul also received a second season order before the first had premiered. Still, this shows the immense confidence AMC has in Fear the Walking Dead catching on with the masses.
On the surface, this idea makes sense, as The Walking Dead remains the highest rated scripted program on either broadcast or cable among the coveted 18-49 viewer demographic. The zombie drama’s numbers continue to climb with each new season, and it’s understandable why AMC expects the same out of its spin-off. That said, this could easily blow up in AMC’s face. Being a spin-off to a successful show does *not* guarantee success. Just ask That 80’s Show, or Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Then again, Saul has done quite well so far.
Fear the Walking Dead’s first season premieres on August 25th, and will run for a scant six episodes. This is the same brief length that the original Walking Dead’s first season ran. Next year’s second season will almost triple in episode count, producing fifteen episodes.