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The Walking Dead renewed for fifth season

The Walking Dead

Story by Jack Foley

THE Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season that will air in 2014.

AMC announced its intention to renew early as the show remains TV’s top scripted performer in the US.

In doing so, it also confirmed that newly installed showrunner Scott M. Gimple will return in the same capacity next season. Gimple is the show’s third showrunner, following Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara.

AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement: “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season.

“This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season-four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest nonsports telecast in cable history.

“On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”

Collier did not go so far as to say how many episodes would feature in season five, although it is widely expected that it will follow the same format as season four, which again consists of 16 total hours split in runs of eight.

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