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The Walking Dead renewed for ninth season

The Walking Dead

Story by Jack Foley

THE Walking Dead has been renewed for a ninth season by AMC.

In addition, former show-runner Scott M. Gimple has inked an overall deal in which he will now serve as chief content officer of the franchise, meaning that he will oversee The Walking Dead‘s vast TV universe, including both the flagship and spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.

His remit further extends to gaming formats and future brand extensions on a variety of platforms.

Writer/co-executive producer Angela Kang has also been promoted to executive producer and show-runner, replacing Gimple in the latter role, of The Walking Dead. She has been with the series since 2011, writing roughly 20 episodes, including the critically acclaimed Coda and Still.

Commenting on the renewal and the personnel shuffle, Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said: “This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction.

“Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before.

“I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.”

Gimple himself commented: “The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book.

“As the show closes in on its 10th year, I’m honoured to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear The Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”

The Walking Dead still ranks as TV’s No. 1 drama among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic even though its ratings have slid in recent times.

As the show enters its ninth season, original cast members remain few and far between. But Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Norman Reedus (Daryl) are expected to return, while Lennie James is also poised to move to Fear The Walking Dead as the worlds will finally overlap.