The Walking Dead

AMC has announced it is developing a spin-off from The Walking Dead.

TV Line reports that the spin-off – or companion series as AMC is calling it – is in the early stages of development. It’s hardly surprising that AMC is seeking to expand The Walking Dead universe given its strong ratings performance. The post-apocalyptic Zombie drama, which stars Andrew Lincoln, has ratings that are better than many shows on the broadcast networks.

If the spin-off does happen it won’t likely air until 2014 and will be headed by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. AMC’s president Charlie Collier said “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

Broadcasters are not shy when it comes to ordering spin-offs from existing shows. This season will see the launch of several spin-offs such as Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, The Originals (from The Vampire Diaries) and Chicago PD (from Chicago Fire).

Several television franchises remain on-air such as NCIS which along with its spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles continues to deliver stellar ratings for CBS. However, the mighty pull of the CSI franchise (for CBS) and Law & Order (for NBC) has waned considerably in recent years with each respective franchise only having one show still on-air.

The once powerful Star Trek franchise is, for now, purely a film franchise but in the 1990s it had three shows on-air. Another sci-fi franchise, Stargate, has seen its popularity diminish since the demise of Stargate Universe and the premature cancellation of Stargate Atlantis. The future of Stargate now looks to be a big-screen reboot and remake of the 1994 movie.

Meanwhile The CW is eying new spin-offs for next season with Supernatural and Arrow the target of the broadcaster’s attention.

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