Season 3 returns 4th June. Renewed for Season 4.
Started in the US on 23rd August with a 90min debut episode in a 6 episode first season. Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season in 2016. UK rights sold to AMC Networks which be available to BT TV/sport customers in HD (BT TV Ch 381) or SD (Sky Ch 192/Freeview Ch 59/BT TV Ch 332) on 31st August. It is also available on Amazon Prime UK.
Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.
(Standing, l-r) Lorenzo James Henrie, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Ruben Blades, Frank Dillane, Mercedes Mason; (seated) Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens.
Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa
Lorenzo James Henrie as his Son Christopher Manawa
Kim Dickens as Madison Clarke
Frank Dillane as her son Nick Clarke
Alycia Debnam Carey as her daughter Alicia Clarke
Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar
Patricia Reyes Spíndola as Griselda Salazar
Mercedes Mason as their daughter Ofelia Salazar
Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza Ortiz
Reviews - Currently 65% on metacritic - http://www.metacritic.com/tv/fear-the-walking-dead
Years of perfectly pierced foreheads and impeccably aimed crossbow bolts have lessened my fear of the walking dead. But I’m absolutely terrified at the thought of seeing these particular people die. So, mission accomplished? Fear the Walking Dead is surprisingly satisfying. I’m just not sure I’ve got the stomach for more.
Fear the Walking Dead is not yet a truly frightening show—there aren’t enough zombies yet, for one—but it is certainly unsettling. After a year of Ebola panic, the show’s depiction of an epidemic’s swift spread is chilling. Though, I hope they take an episode or something to show us how the slowly shambling undead, even in big numbers, managed to take down an entire nation armed with machine guns and tanks. I never quite understood that.
New York Post
The first two episodes are creepily suspenseful--they’re great examples of how effective a slow pace and a moody atmosphere can be.
If Fear is a project with some noble intentions, it has uneven execution, with the prequel nature of it hurting as much as helping.
It's to everyone's credit that they've tried to rethink the formula a bit with the new show, and there are good building blocks in Dickens and Curtis. Maybe by the end of this abbreviated first season, the prequel of it all becomes more valuable.
Actual zombies are few and far between in the first two hours, which makes Fear much more of a traditional drama until the spread of the unknown virus really takes hold.
Dramatically the appeal is twofold: seeing what hasn't been shown before — the confusion and then shock and then chaos of the early-days scenario; and, perhaps even more importantly, exploring (and toying with) the notion that viewers know more than the characters in Fear, so watching them be all-too-nonchalant when they should be running for their lives is fun and scary.
Early info -
The cabler announced Monday that it has greenlit the still-untitled offshoot for not one but two seasons, with the first six episode season launching in late summer.
http://tvline.com/2015/03/09/walking-de ... son-order/
Series creator Robert Kirkman will serve as an exec producer on the offshoot, alongside fellow EPs Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said AMC prez Charlie Collier in a statement. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Added Kirkman: “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
The untitled Walking Dead spinoff, code name Cobalt, takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location. It revolves around a divorced teacher (Curtis), a good man who tries to do right by everyone in his life, and a female guidance counselor. Curtis, managed by Joe Rice, joins Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey who were recently cast as the woman’s children.
UK rights sold to AMC Networks which be available to BT customers via YouView platform in September -
Breaking Bad broadcaster to launch in UK this year
AMC Networks, also host to Mad Men and Fear the Walking Dead, to be available to BT customers via YouView platform
Mad Men and Breaking Bad broadcaster AMC Networks will launch in the UK later this year and will be the exclusive home of its Walking Dead spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead.
The first time AMC has been available in the UK, it will only be available to BT customers via its YouView pay-TV platform.
It is expected to launch with Fear the Walking Dead in September.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/j ... c-networks