Skip to main content

AMC renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for a sixth season, greenlights new spinoff series

amc renews the walking dead for a sixth season 4
Image used with permission by copyright holder
AMC Networks announced today that it has renewed its wildly successful series The Walking Dead for a sixth season. The news comes just days before the October 12 premiere for the show’s fifth season.

Related: Getting gory with the FX mastermind behind The Walking Dead

Although AMC has consistently managed to crank out a fine catalog of compelling television over the past years, Breaking Bad‘s wrap-up last year and Mad Men‘s quickly approaching finale likely have the network in red alert mode in terms of keeping its undeniable momentum from dwindling. And perhaps one of the best and most logical ways for AMC to keep the flame alive is to continue strategically milking one of the most — if not the most — profitable cash cows on its roster.

The Walking Dead has been the number-one show on television for adults aged 18-49 for the past two years. Back in March, the show concluded its fourth season in style when the last episode netted a stunning grand total of 15.7 million viewers, significantly more than the 12.4 million viewers who tuned in for the Season 3 finale.

Perhaps The Walking Dead‘s most impressive feat, however, came when the show broke cable TV records with its Season 4 premiere’s 16.1 million viewers (10.4 million of which were of the coveted adults 18-49 demographic), according to Variety.

In other Dead news, AMC recently greenlit a new companion series to the show that will be set in the same zombie-ridden, apocalyptic universe as the flagship series. The spinoff will feature a new cast of original characters (dreamed up by the comic book series’ creator Robert Kirkman, himself) in a completely different set of locations.

Below is a look ahead at what’s to come in the highly anticipated fifth season of The Walking Dead.

Editors' Recommendations

Alex Tretbar
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Alex Tretbar, audio/video intern, is a writer, editor, musician, gamer and sci-fi nerd raised on EverQuest and Magic: The…
Best AirPods Pro deals: Get Apple’s flagship earbuds for $125
The Apple Airpods Pro in their charging case.

The AirPods Pro are Apple’s premium in-ear AirPods offering. These headphones can compete with plenty of the best wireless headphones on the market, and currently the AirPods Pro make for some pretty impressive headphone deals. You can find some older refurbished AirPods Pro models that will save you a few bucks on a purchase, but the AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C are Apple’s most recent release and they’re seeing a significant price drop that makes them one of the best Apple deals and best AirPods deals you can shop. Read onward for all of the details on that, as well as the rest of the best AirPods Pro deals going on. If you’d like some other options for a new set of headphones check out what’s available among the best Beats headphone deals, best Sony headphone deals, and best Bose headphone deals.
Apple AirPods Pro (refurbished) — from $125, was $220

While there’s a newer model of AirPods Pro available, the first generation Apple AirPods Pro can still hold their own against some of the best wireless earbuds. Made for a slightly more premium user than something like the Apple AirPods 3, the AirPods Pro have higher end features, including active noise cancellation and a transparency mode, which allows you to hear and interact with the world around you while you have the headphones on. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking is another impressive feature. This makes watching movies and other content a truly immersive experience. This refurbished model of the Apple AirPods Pro comes with free 30-day returns and a 1-year warranty.

Read more
Best Samsung TV deals: Save on 4K TVs, QLED TVs, OLED TVs, 8K TVs
A person watching a Samsung TV.

Samsung is almost always considered to be among the best TV brands, and while there are plenty of Sony TV deals, TCL TV deals, LG TV deals, and Vizio TV deals out there, here we’re taking a look at the savings a new Samsung TV has to offer. You’ll find both OLED TV deals and QLED TV deals among the best Samsung deals available to shop, as well as a variety of sizes such as 65-inch TV deals, 75-inch TV deals, and 85-inch TV deals. Below you’ll find all of the best Samsung TV deals going on right now — many of which compare well against the best TV deals overall — as well as some information on why each TV might make a good centerpiece for your home theater.
Samsung 65-inch QN85C QLED 4K Smart TV — $1,500, was $2,000

We find the QN85C to be sitting at just about the perfect price for a TV right now, while still maintaining the qualities and freshness of a much more quality TV. While it is 4K, it uses mini-LED tech, which allows for fine-tuned light control. Remember that the best QLED TVs are typically renowned more for their brightness than contrast; this tech can tip that need for contrast in the QN85C's favor. Other great features of this TV include audio with Dolby Atmos and Object Tracking Sound, 4K upscaling, and motion acceleration to keep fast moving content smooth.

Read more
Apple’s MLS Season Pass adds Catch Up feature for key plays
MLS Season Pass.

Apple today announced a new feature for MLS Season Pass that makes it simple catch up on what you missed in a match if you joined it midstream.

The aptly named “Catch Up” feature is exactly what it sounds like. Available today for those running public beta software on their Apple TV boxes, iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and later this summer for those on the production track, Catch Up uses machine learning to automatically spot and clip key plays in a match. 

Read more