AMC renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for 9th season

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"The Walking Dead" will be returning for its ninth season. (Facebook/TheWalkingDeadAMC)

AMC has renewed the popular survival series “The Walking Dead” for its ninth season. With the new season, the network is also making some changes behind the scenes, as a new showrunner is taking reins of the series.

The new season of the show is expected to arrive in late 2018. Scott M. Gimple, the current showrunner, has been promoted to Chief Content Officer of the Walking Dead television universe. He will be overseeing the entire franchise, which includes “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” television shows. Gimple will also be responsible for the franchise’s potential brand extensions on various platforms.

“‘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,” said Gimple.

Filling the shoes of Gimple as the show’s showrunner is Angela Kang. Kang has been a writer on the series since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013. Starting with Season 9, Kang will be executive producer and showrunner of the zombie series.

“I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with ‘The Walking Dead,'” said Kang. “Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me.”

While fans will have to wait until fall for the new season of “The Walking Dead,” the wait is soon ending for those anticipating the fourth season of the spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead.”

AMC has announced that the new season of the spin-off series will premiere on April 15 at 10 p.m. EST. For subsequent episodes, it will go back to its normal time slot of 9 p.m. EST starting April 22. More information is expected in the coming weeks.