AMC Says The Walking Dead Could Last as Long as Star Trek

Friday, 23 September 2016 - 11:45AM
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Friday, 23 September 2016 - 11:45AM
AMC Says The Walking Dead Could Last as Long as Star Trek
The Walking Dead has become a veritable phenomenon, killing it in the ratings year after year, smashing records, and consistently beating the NFL. It finished its sixth season last year as the number one scripted show on television, and in spite of the occasional fan outrage, shows no signs of slowing down. But can it keep up these crazy ratings for much longer? AMC is optimistic, not only that it will run for several more seasons, but that it could potentially become as long-lasting as classic franchises like Star Trek.

At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference this week (via The Wrap), AMC president and CEO Josh Sapan said that Walking Dead "has incredible long life left in it," and could run for "many, many more years." Then, he went a step further, and said tat he thought it could last as long as Star Trek:

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"[Star Trek] came and went three times," he said. "We do think that we have a franchise [in The Walking Dead] that is one of the rare franchises that you occasionally come across in what we do for a living."
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Star Trek celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, making it one of the longest-running science fiction franchises of all time, so those are some big shoes to fill. Granted, it's probably a guarantee that Walking Dead will last for at least a few more seasons, because even if fans start to get fatigued with the writers' tricks—especially after the reception of the season six cliffhanger—and the ratings go down, chances are they'll take a long time to drop off to cancellation levels. As a horror series with a more limited scope, I'm not sure it will reach Star Trek levels (for a current franchise with that potential, I'd bet on Game of Thrones), but "lasting a long time" seems like a safe bet.

The Walking Dead returns for season seven on October 23 on AMC.
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