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The Walking Dead Spinoff Is Still Happening Just Don’t Expect It Anytime Soon

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Frank and AndyEven though the show is on its annual mid-season hiatus, AMC’s The Walking Dead remains as popular as ever, with many fans eagerly awaiting the February 9 return. In the interim, you’ll have to satiate your appetite on a seemingly endless supply of news. One of the only things we haven’t heard much about lately is the proposed spinoff that the network announced last year, leaving many to wonder about the status of that project. But now we have new information on where exactly that series is in the development process.

AMC president Charlie Collier and head of programming Joel Stillerman sat down with Vulture and dished on, among other things, where things stand with the new addition to the Walking Dead family. The series is definitely in the process, and the network has no plans to change that anytime, but at the same time, they don’t appear to be in any rush to crank something out.

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The Walking Dead Gets Its Own Parody

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walking deadI think we’re at a point in cinema when the only thing worse than porn spoofs of films are the legitimate spoofs of films. Especially when it comes to horror parodies, which are seemingly the only ones still getting made. And now we’ve got what could potentially be the worst of the worst coming, as production company MNDFCK has recently cast Walking with the Dead, a send-up of — you guessed it — AMC’s The Walking Dead. I mean, it’ll probably still be better than The Walking Dead during its worst moments. Really, it sounds like it’ll be taking on all forms of zombie-related fiction, but I guess it’s smart to stick with what’s current as far as promoting this thing goes. Plus, adding hottie actress Jacqui Holland (My Best Friend’s Girl) can’t hurt.

Here’s how this zombified story will unfold: a group of survivors come together a month after the zombie apocalypse begins, and each is named after their favorite cities — Chicago, Green Bay, Brooklyn, and Harlem. (Obvious ties to Zombieland there.) One of them is a Sheriff who’s just awakened from a coma, his small-business owner 10-year-old son, and a zombie named Romeo who uses a lot of voiceover in his quest to get the others to realize he’s not really dead, just slow. The fearsome foursome are forced to vacate their mini-mall camp headquarters in order to seek out a more long-term safe zone. So it’s obvious Dawn of the Dead and Warm Bodies will also get skewered.

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The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman And A New Casting Rumor Hint At The Direction For The Rest Of Season Four

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The Walking DeadAMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is prone to taking extended, months-long breaks in the middle of a season. We should all be so lucky. For some shows such a hiatus could lead to a hemorrhage of viewers, but The Walking Dead the effect is almost the opposite. While the show continues to grow in popularity, the producers use the break to hint at things to come, tease possible story arcs and new directions, and generally build up tension and suspense moving into the final portion of the season. For a show that hasn’t been on the air for nearly a month, unless you count that New Year’s marathon, we’ve seen a continual stream of undead related news. They’ve mashed up The Walking Dead with Toy Story, the characters have made “apocalypse resolutions,” and producer/special effects guru Greg Nicotero even said that we’re going to get the closest adaptations of the comic books yet. Creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman even went so far as to tease how the season might end, and the latest casting rumors making the rounds indicate a possible direction as well.

The Walking Dead isn’t known for happy-go-lucky, everybody hug, warm and fuzzy endings. Season one concluded with the CDC exploding, season two with Hershel’s farm being overrun by shambling corpses, and season three finished up with the Governor (David Morrissey) killing a bunch of people and a key member of the cast getting zombie bit. See what I mean? The mid-season finale, “Too Far Gone,” fits perfectly into this string of bummers. The prison where the survivors had been living gets torn to shit, a bunch of people—including a baby—die, the group splinters, everyone is on the road again, and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) are on their own in the wilderness. Given the state of things, you might be skeptical when you hear anyone, even Kirkman, mention a happy ending.

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The Walking Dead’s Producer Hints At What’s To Come When Season Four Returns

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TWD S4READ WITH CAUTION: POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD SEASON FOUR!

While we’re only a month away from the return of The Walking Dead, the fourth season of AMC’s zombie series’ is shaping up to be a riveting season of television. Since the series’ start in 2010, The Walking Dead has mixed high drama with heavy action, but over the last two years it seemed that the show’s writers and producers only wanted to focus on the latter. Now that The Walking Dead has a new showrunner in Scott Gimple (the series’ third in four years), it seems as if the TV series is getting back on the right track.

In an interview with Channel Guide Magazine, The Walking Dead‘s executive producer Greg Nicotero is confident fans of the series will love what the show has in store for them when it returns. Nicotero also teases what The Walking Dead‘s return will mean for Rick Grimes and his son Carl, last seen alone and fleeing the ruins of the prison. Nicotero says:

I feel like Episode 9 and onward really [hearkens] back to the first season of The Walking Dead, because if you think about Season 2, they were on Hershel’s farm and in Season 3 and half of Season 4, they had the prison and Woodbury, so this is the first time that they’re out in the world again. It’s the first time that we really get that sense of how big the world is and how unprotected people are in the wilderness.

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Watch The Walking Dead/Toy Story Mash Up Dead Story

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You may not have noticed this, I certainly didn’t, but there are some striking similarities between AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead and Disney’s beloved animated franchise Toy Story. If you need further proof take a gander at these new videos that mash the two popular properties together. The result is, as you may imagine, called Dead Story, and the seemingly disparate entities really do mesh together rather well.

These videos are the brain child of Dale Meany, who shows his audio skills by laying tracks from The Walking Dead and Toy Story 3. Who knew that this was a combination that would be really awesome? This first video lays audio of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) talking to his dead wife on the phone over Woody chatting on a toy while hiding under a bed. The tone and tempo of the two pieces do match up almost seamlessly, and for a second you believe that maybe this cartoon cowboy is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

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The Walking Dead Makes New Year’s Resolutions, Too

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The Walking DeadThis is the time of year when many of us decide that we’re going to take steps to improve some aspect of our lives. Maybe we’re going to lose some weight, drink less, go back to school, or just be nicer in general. Then again, maybe your New Year’s resolutions all have to do with exacting vengeance against those who have wronged you, it takes all kinds. Looked at from the right perspective, the zombie apocalypse represents a kind of metaphorical New Year. As we’ve seen on AMC’s The Walking Dead, some people certainly seem to thrive in the chaos and madness that accompanies the end of civilization as we know it. The collapse of society is as good a time as any to make some big lifestyle changes, it’ll force your hand if you don’t, and AMC has released a series of cards featuring some ideas characters The Walking Dead may want to consider moving forward. Some of these appeared at The Wrap, while others come via The Walking Dead’s Facebook page.

Daryl (Norman Reedus) may be Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) right hand man, a total badass, and far and away the best character on the hit zombie drama, but he could definitely use some new threads. We get it, you’re a tough-guy redneck shitkicker who hates sleeves and rocks a dirt stache, that’s who you are. Still, that poncho has seen better days. You never know when you’re going to run into Carol (Melissa McBride) again, and you don’t want to look totally threadbare and beaten down when you do, right?