AMC has commissioned a two-season order for a companion series to The Walking Dead, the network announced.
The new series, whose name has yet to be announced, will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on new characters and storylines. According to the network, the show's first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere in late summer. The Walking Dead spin-off will continue into its second season in 2016.
The show will be executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert of The Walking Dead series, and will be produced by AMC Studios. Sons of Anarchy's Dave Erickson has co-written the spin-off's pilot with Kirkman, while Kim Dickens of Gone Girl and Frank Dillane of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are set to star.
"We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television," said AMC president Charlie Collier in a prepared statement. "From the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, we've been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.' Through this new series, we're going to find out. Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead."