AMC had two major announcements this week during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2018 Press Tour, and a few updates for fans of The Walking Dead. Almost straight away the network confirmed that “The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a ninth season, which shouldn’t be too surprising considering just how popular the show has become over the years. The network stopped short of announcing a firm premiere date for the new season, but did say that season nine will premiere in late 2018. The show’s current showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, will be being elevated to Chief Content Officer of all things Walking Dead, and Angela Kang will be executive producer and showrunner of the series moving forward. Kang has been a writer on the show since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013, her first season as showrunner will be season nine.
“This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”
“‘The Walking Dead’ is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said. “As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ with new narratives like ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”
“I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with ‘The Walking Dead.’ Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me,” said Kang. “I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
AMC also announced that the network’s international organized crime thriller, “McMafia,” will debut on AMC Premiere. AMC Premiere subscribers will have exclusive access, to all eight one-hour episodes, immediately following the series’ premiere on AMC on February 26.
“AMC Premiere is about serving the fans and providing an elevated expression of AMC for those who want that option. Making this season of ‘McMafia’ available in its entirety, timed to the linear premiere on AMC, is a great way to execute on that promise,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Launched recently in the UK to enormous critical acclaim and with palpable cultural relevance, ‘McMafia’ is a show that comes along at exactly the right moment – it is timely, enormously entertaining and perfectly suited to fans looking for the next great show to watch on AMC and AMC Premiere.”
The series will air in eight-parts, and was created by Hossein Amini (The Snowman, Our Kind of Traitor) and James Watkins (Black Mirror, The Take) and inspired by Misha Glenny’s best-selling book of the same name. The series charts Alex Godman’s (James Norton) journey as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organized crime. As the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance). But when his family’s past returns to threaten them, Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves. What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and himself.
The series also stars David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, and Good Luck), Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game of Thrones), Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) and Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3, Terrorist Ivanona).