AMC announced today that they are planning a spin-off series for The Walking Dead. The show, which enters its fourth season in just under a month, is based on the long-running comic book series by Robert Kirkman for Image Comics. The companion series is set to air from 2015, and plans to branch out in to areas that aren’t tied to the main storyline.
Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, said in a statement that “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale [Anne Hurd] and Dave [Alpert] again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Kirkman added that: “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
Also announced was the casting of Christian Serratos as the character of Rosita Espinosa. The actress is perhaps best known for her recurring role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and as Angela Weber in the Twilight films.
The character was introduced in The Walking Dead #53, and has appeared in the comics as a regular since. The actress is reportedly making a guest appearance in the series, with an option to return as a recurring character.
If you are having trouble conceptualising her in The Walking Dead, we’ve decided to not help in any way whatsoever by providing a picture of the actress in her underwear. Just because we care about each and every one of our readers and listeners.
The Walking Dead returns on 13 October at 9/8c on AMC in the US. FX has confirmed that it will fast-track Season 4 of The Walking Dead to Australia television screens on the same day as the AMC broadcast, from Monday October 14. We will be covering this week by week on the podcast.