The Walking Dead gains a new showrunner as it is renewed for season nine
The zombie apocalypse rages on; despite a drop in viewers over the course of its seventh and eighth seasons, AMC have picked up The Walking Dead for a season nine renewal.
Furthermore, current showrunner Scott M. Gimple has been promoted to Chief Content Officer, overseeing all The Walking Dead properties for AMC, which suggests that the cable provider may be looking beyond current spin-off Fear The Walking Dead. As a result, Angela Kang, who has worked on The Walking Dead since season two, will step up to replace Gimple as showrunner for season nine.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, made the following statement.
“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.
“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.’”
Scott Gimple added...
“‘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.
“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.”
On her appointment to showrunner, Kang said...
“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
“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.”
The Walking Dead is currently on its mid-season break (you can check out our review of the last episode How It's Gotta Be here). The show will return for the rest of season eight in February.