The Walking Dead Gets 90 Minute Premiere; Big Changes Made To Schedule!

It has today been revealed that the season premiere of The Walking Dead will be a 90 minute special, but this comes alongside some disappointing news about how AMC will structure the 12 episodes! Hit the jump for details...

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By Josh Wilding - 9/1/2011


After the huge success of the first season of The Walking Dead, AMC took the decision to offer viewers a lengthier experience this time around, with an extra six episodes added to the shows schedule. (making a total of 12) However, The Hollywood Reporter now reveal the somewhat disappointing news that the network will in fact be splitting the season in two, with six episodes airing from October 16th, and picking up again on February 12th, 2012.

The good news? The first episode will be a 90 minute extravaganza! Stay tuned for more news on season two of The Walking Dead as and when we have it!




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Godzillafart - 9/1/2011, 11:01 AM
Cool.
AsianVersionOfET - 9/1/2011, 11:03 AM
Hot dang
Godzillafart - 9/1/2011, 11:04 AM
First things first: the first 90 minute extravaganza should be first rate. I don't mind them splitting up the season. I'm sure the first 6 episodes will be fantastic, then when February rolls around, the first episode of the second half will feel like the first episode of a whole new season. First and foremost, I'm excited.
churchgriff - 9/1/2011, 11:04 AM
I love this show and can't wait for it to return. I have no problem with them taking a break half way through the season,most series do this.
Dev7 - 9/1/2011, 11:09 AM
They're just splitting it into 2 season so that they can get higher ratings on the new season. DUH!
jasonicus - 9/1/2011, 11:10 AM
I hate when networks split their shows. They can sometimes lose momentum and viewers that way. Looking forward to seeing it though.
RIKSHAWRenegade - 9/1/2011, 11:18 AM
Thats actually a very smart way to do the show. That allows it to stay relavent all year as opposed to just 6 episodes spanning a mere month and a half and then soon forgotten. Then they can repete the whole thing back to back just in time for next season. That is, if the show can come off the line strong and keep its momentum going up to the finale. Hopefully they won't have any filler episodes that tend to drag a series down. And I really hope they kill off shanes character in the first or second episode. They really need to just gank him and move on. Just my opinion as a big fan of the comics. Shane really needs to die soon and they need to bring in tyrese. I just hope this series can go for at least five seasons and that we get to see the prison and all that madness. Well, thats my 2 cents and I'm all out of change.

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marvel72 - 9/1/2011, 11:20 AM
can't wait for the return of this show,i hope it can keep the same elements that made the first season unmissable.
Rivehn - 9/1/2011, 11:49 AM
Half the first episode will be a recap...i called it here first.
Jordanstine - 9/1/2011, 12:02 PM
That's a long break.
DarthDan - 9/1/2011, 12:32 PM
Yeah, 90 mins, of which 20 of those will be [frick]ing commercials..
astroboy - 9/1/2011, 1:10 PM
TV Shows usually have a break like so.
ClarkFarley2012 - 9/1/2011, 2:02 PM
I hate when they split the seasons. I'm too impatient for that!
Gutts81 - 9/1/2011, 2:29 PM
I really hate when Tv networks do shit like that. It's just like the last 2 seasons of BSG were split in 4 long drawn out season and took to damn long to finish. I'm still going to watch this shit though.
DoomXfactor - 9/1/2011, 2:40 PM
AMC is getting way too involved. Im worried about this season
Greenlantern1417 - 9/1/2011, 2:42 PM
Remember when shows were 22 - 26 episodes long? I hope they have a huge recap before the next season. All I remember is a big explosion and more people dying.
RyanLantern77 - 9/1/2011, 4:41 PM
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Brock - 9/1/2011, 5:15 PM
I'm worried about this show sliding. I don't know why I feel this way. I'm a worrier.
VADERSGLOVE - 9/1/2011, 5:25 PM
I should be sick of zombies by now having played left for dead 1 and 2 for two years straight. Then we had Zombieland and the Walking Dead last year. Now we have a new zombie game called Dead Island coming out next week, a new season of Walking Dead next month, and World War Z movie for next year...and I'm just as excited now as I was a few years ago! I guess killing zombies or seing zombies get killed never gets old.
HULK2099 - 9/1/2011, 7:02 PM
Awww I hate breaks !
GUNSMITH - 9/1/2011, 8:02 PM
WHAT I WILL MISS IS DARABONT...

Frank Darabont, the writer/producer/director of AMC's highest rated show, The Walking Dead, was recently fired. Why? Apparently because he wouldn't budge when AMC tried to cut $600,000 from the budget.

They passed forward stupid ideas such as shooting half of the scenes inside and half outside, or producing the sound of zombies instead of the visual effects to save on costumes and makeup. They don't seem to care about staying true to the source material at all, rather simply wanting to make the series as cheaply as possible. Considering they were given a tax credit by the state of Georgia to fund the project, this kind of cost cutting is absolutely ridiculous.

When Darabont wouldn't go along with the changes, they fired him. According to insider sources, they also warned the actors on set to keep quiet about the issue lest they also be fired. This kind of...really sucks. The Walking Dead was one of the best new shows in years, but now AMC would rather cut their costs than to make a decent show. Oh yeah, "they know television" alright. They know how to be jackasses like every other television studio in existence. Way to go AMC, you just made yourselves look like idiots.

...and yes, I'm aware this isn't exactly new information, but I just heard about it for the first time and it pissed me off. I felt like sharing it with others who may not have known of AMC's douchery.

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