AMC Plans a Spin-Off of 'The Walking Dead'

Spinoff Plan Comes on the Heels of Similar Move With 'Breaking Bad'

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AMC is looking to extend "The Walking Dead," prepping a companion series intended to premiere in 2015.

'The Walking Dead;
'The Walking Dead; Credit: AMC

"The Walking Dead," which will begin its fourth season on Oct. 13, currently reigns as the most-watched show among the all-important 18-to-49 demographic. The season three finale drew 12.4 million total viewers.

The decision to give "The Walking Dead" a spin-off comes shortly after AMC said it planned to extending "Breaking Bad" with a spinoff. The prequel is tentatively titled "Better Call Saul" and will center on the character Saul Goodman before he became Walter White's lawyer.

"Breaking Bad," which posted a significant boost in ratings when it returned for the second half of the fifth season in August, will air its series finale in two weeks.

AMC is milking these franchises as it looks for its next original hit. Its most recent new series, "Low Winter Sun," underwhelmed in summer ratings; "Hell on Wheels" has been banished to Saturday nights; "The Killing" was canceled yet again; and "Mad Men," the show that put AMC on the map, will end with its seventh season.

The network recently greenlit two new dramas for 2014, "Halt & Catch Fire" and "Turn."

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