Walking Dead Spin-Off Series Gets Two-Season Order
Well, that's optimistic. AMC has not only ordered the Walking Dead companion pilot to series, but has prematurely renewed it for a second season. Go with what works, I guess.
The series will follow a different group of survivors during the same zombie apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead, but in Los Angeles rather than Atlanta. Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead comics and producer of the television show, will serve as executive producer and writer, and the show will star Gone Girl's Kim Dickens, Gang Related's Cliff Curtis, Harry Potter's Frank Dillane, and Into the Woods's Alycia Debnam Carey.
None of the Walking Dead's main characters are expected to appear in the show, although there are rumors that a guest star from the first season may appear. I hope it's Noah Emmerich's CDC worker, mostly because I love his work on the Americans, but that might be hoping for too much, as the guest star reportedly only appeared "briefly" in season one.
Some are calling the series a "prequel" because it explores the apocalypse itself, rather than the post-apocalyptic landscape of its parent show. To be fair, the pilot of The Walking Dead technically began well before the apocalypse was underway, but never showed society during the actual collapse. That terrain hasn't been covered at all in the Walking Dead universe, even in the comics.
The title was originally reported as "Cobalt," but now it seems that it was only a working title, as the drama is officially reported as "untitled" following the series order. Honestly, that comes as a relief, because "Cobalt" did nothing for me. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the actual title, but has now been changed as a result of fan feedback.
The Walking Dead companion series is tentatively expected to air sometime in 2015.