‘The Walking Dead’ renewed for fifth season

AMC Renews ‘The Walking Dead’

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Following a successful launch of season 4 of The Walking Dead, ABC has confirmed the popular zombie apocalyptic series has been recommissioned for a fifth season.

AMC President, Charlie Collier said: “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever:  The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season.”

Adding: “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.”

The drama currently stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Sonequa Martin-GreenDavid Morrissey, Chad Coleman, Lauren Cohen and Steven Yeun. With The Walking Dead‘s penchant for killing off characters, who of the above list survives will be a nail-biting wait.

Scott Gimple will continue as showrunner; Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman, who created the comic series on which the TV show is based will both continue as executive producers as well as David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

The Walking Dead airs on FOX and Channel 5 in the UK. Season 4 is currently airing Friday nights on FOX at 10pm.