AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a ninth season

Angelo Anderson
January 14, 2018

On Saturday, AMC officially renewed "The Walking Dead" for season 9 set to debut in the latter part of 2018 but the bigger news is the shake up at the top with a new show runner being named for the series. With the renewal, the network is promoting showrunner Scott M. Gimple to chief content officer for the franchise, where he'll oversee both The Walking Dead, and Fear the Walking Dead as well as other "potential brand extensions".

Not only that, but it will have a new showrunner for its upcoming season: Angela Kang, who has been a writer/co-executive producer for the past several years. 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 (via THR). Season eight, which is now on hiatus, returns to AMC on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Season nine is expected to debut late in 2018.

Current plans for The Walking Dead include that it returns with its mid-season 8 premiere on February 25th featuring the controversial death of Carl and the last episode for Chandler Riggs; there will be a crossover between The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, and Lennie James and Morgan move to Fear The Walking Dead.

Kang will have a tall task in The Waling Dead Season 9, shepherding a show that will be without **SPOILER ALERT**Carl Grimes for the first time in its history**SPOILER ALERT OVER* em *Fear the Walking Dead - though that could all be within flashback. The next-closest competitor this season, "The Big Bang Theory", is almost a full point behind it at 2.9.

"I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead", stated Kang.

Angela has been working on The Walking Dead since 2011 and has written about 20 episodes of the series.

Director Frank Darabont, who developed the show from Robert Kirkman's comic book series, served as showrunner for Season 1 before departing over budget issues. "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".

Gimple will now oversee the entire "Walking Dead" universe after already joining "Fear the Walking Dead" as an executive producer previous year.

Kang first joined the show as a story editor and later writer in Season 2, being upped to producer at the beginning of Season 3.

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