A prequel to the popular AMC series The Walking Dead is in the works, and the cable network has already ordered two full seasons. The plot of the show is being carefully guarded, but we know the series is set in Los Angeles, regularly introduces new characters and storylines, and takes place during the beginning of the zombie outbreak. The first season will comprise six hour-long episodes.
The cast of this untitled drama, previously known as Cobalt, includes: Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) as school teacher and divorced dad Sean Cabrera; Kim Dickens (Sons of Anarchy) as Nancy, Cliff's love interest and co-worker, a guidance counselor at the school; Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) as Nancy's son Nick, who struggles with drug addiction; and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) as Nancy's ambitious daughter Ashley.
Walking Dead writer/producer Robert Kirkman is on board to co-write and produce the new program alongside Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy).
Kirkman commented on AMC's surprising preemptive move to renew a second season of the series before the pilot episode has aired, saying, "We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC. I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we've accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created, while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I'm very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven't scratched the surface yet when it comes to The Walking Dead."
The first season of the prequel series will premiere on AMC in late summer, with season two airing some time in 2016.
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