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THE WALKING DEAD UPDATE: The spinoff series of The Walking Dead, announced back on September 5th, by AMC is well under way. What we already knew from past reports was that Robert Kirkman will be an executive producer of the spin-off series. Robert, who created the comic book series, currently serves as both writer and executive producer of the current hit TV series. He will be joined by current show executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Together, they will be joined by executive producer, Dave Erickson, who also serves as writer and Producer on Sons of Anarchy. Robert Kirkman has stated that he is “thrilled” to be given the chance to create a new story sequence for The Walking Dead universe. He especially likes that he is not “tethered by events of the comic book”, much like he is in the current series. Personally, I cannot wait to see what he creates with a blank canvas.

AMC has seen much success with their original series line-up with shows like Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. With the recent conclusion of Breaking Bad and with Mad Men nearing conclusion, AMC has announced a spin-off of both to the Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. With competitive shows like Syfy’s ‘Z-Nation’ and BBC’s ‘In The Flesh’ competing for viewer loyalty, This should ensure the loyalty of their strong zombie-loving fan-base for seasons-to-come.

From current details now available to the public, we learn that the series will be focused on two families and their struggle to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. One family is headed by a single mother and one by a single father. The story line will follow their struggle in the early days of the Zombie Apocalypse. No word if the story-line consists of how they bring the families together along with a maid named “Alice” (Could not resist the Brady Bunch reference).

Alice – The Brady Bunch

The 6 characters announced so far: Sean Cabrera – A Latino male in his early 40’s, he is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life. Cody Cabrera – Sean’s teenage, rebellious son who is smart-as-a-whip et he is known as the “angriest” kid in town. Nancy Tompkins – A thirty-something single mom of two kids. She looks like the girl next door but with an edge to her. Nick Tompkins – Nancy’s screwed-up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home yet too scared to flee. Ashley Tompkins – Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. She has ambition in equal proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but feels it is time to get out of town. Andrea Chapman – A wilted flower child. She is forty-something and has left for the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage. Just think of Carol… with Andrea’s name. The pilot will be written by both Kirkman and Erickson.

The series will take place in a timeline before that of the current parent series. Again, it will chronicle the early days of the zombie apocalypse, the efforts made to contain it and the struggles of these two families. Like everyone else out there I consider myself a super-fan of the Zombie genre. However, much like a true Ramones fan knows who “Real” Ramones fans are by little nuances, like knowing who PJ Soles is, you can tell a true fan from the recent rush of newer zombie fans.

P.J. Soles

So what kind of zombie fan are you? Do you like newer takes on zombies or old classics? Do you like fast zombies or slow ones? Personally, I prefer my slower-moving zombies and love old-school movies and TV shows. I also love newer takes on zombies like you see in BBC’s ‘In The Flesh’ where zombies are reanimated and integrated back into society. I just do not like fast moving zombies. However, I do accept the Syfy’s version on ‘Z-Nation’ where newly turned zombies are faster than their slower, longer-existing counterparts. There’s a scene with a fast-moving baby zombie that is great.

In The Flesh

For me, The Walking Dead also serves as a great bonding tool for me and my 12 year old daughter who will come grab me on Sunday nights and say “You ready to watch The Walking Dead together, Daddy?”. She is very excited that TWD’s new series premiers on her birthday (October 12th, 2014). I’m glad that this series has allowed me to inspire her to appreciate the zombie genre. Based on each report we have seen so far, I have no doubt the new series will continue in that same tradition. DJ Ressler