In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, AMC has renewed its smash hit zombie series The Walking Dead for a seventh season, along with its companion talk show The Talking Dead. It would have been stunning if they hadn’t quite frankly, because The Walking Dead ranks as the number one show on television in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic and is routinely the highest rated scripted show in all of television.
“Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead,” the president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios Charlie Collier said in a press release.
“All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
The series, which is based on the Robert Kirkman scripted comic series of the same name and recently saw the successful launch of a spin off its prequel titled Fear the Walking Dead, has seen a massive turnover of its cast since it premiered on Halloween, 2010, which is understandable given the genre. The current slate of actors include Andrew Lincoln (Strike Back, Love Actually), Steven Yeun (I Origins, Law & Order: Los Angeles), Chandler Riggs (Mercy, The Wronged Man), Norman Reedus (Vacation, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore), Melissa McBride (The Mist, Pirates of Silicon Valley), Lennie James (Colombiana, Lockout), Lauren Cohen (Supernatural, Chuck), Danai Gurira (Treme, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast), Sonequa Martin-Green (Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife), Alanna Masterson (Grey’s Anatomy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Michael Cudlitz (Surrogates, Southland), Josh McDermitt (Mad Men, Life in Color), Christian Serratos (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Seth Gilliam (The Wire, Starship Troopers), Ross Marquand (Spare Change, Down and Dangerous), Alexandra Breckenridge (Family Guy, She’s the Man), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh (The Lady in the Water, Law & Order) and Austin Nichols (The Day After Tomorrow, One Tree Hill), but I’m willing to bet not every actor will return when the seventh season returns in the fall of 2016.