By Erik Jenkins
The AMC Network has officially announced its upcoming show, Fear the Walking Dead. The new series will be a companion show to the successful The Walking Dead, which first aired in 2010. Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead television show, made the announcement via social media on his Twitter account. The spinoff series will take place in Los Angeles, CA. just when the apocalypse started, which means that the events of the show will predate those of current The Walking Dead episodes.
Fear the Walking Dead is set to air this summer, starting with a six-episode season, just like its predecessor. The series will star Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens as Sean Cabrera and Nancy Tomkins. Curtis has acted in a number of films, including Blow and Training Day. He can be recognized recently from his role in Fox Network’s Gang Related, which was cancelled in late 2014. Kim Dickens can be seen in other television shows, such as Sons of Anarchy, and the Netflix series, House of Cards.
Not much information has been released about Curtis’ and Dickens’ characters. Sean Cabrera, portrayed by Curtis, is a single father and a teacher. He and Nancy Tomkins, played by Dickens, may have a working and romantic relationship on the show. Nancy Tomkins, a single parent herself, has two teenage children, who will also be characters on the show, portrayed by Alycia Debnam Carey and Frank DIllane. Nancy’s two children are said to be troubled. Sean’s son, Cody, will also be in the series along with his mother, Andrea. Sean and Andrea are divorced.
“As a fourth generation Angeleno, I certainly like to see it depicted how my friends, family, and colleagues would survive,” says series executive producer Gale Anne. “Now we get an opportunity to see with a very different group than the type we encountered in Atlanta on The Walking Dead.”
College of the Desert students who are fans of The Walking Dead look forward to the new series during their summer break from school. “I think the show is a great idea,” said Richard Devereux, a student at College of the Desert. “A reboot with better focus on the advent of the plague sounds good. Also, with the series appearing at different times than the parent series, fans will enjoy more Walking Dead adventures spread throughout the year.”
“I’m definitely guilty of digging the zombie thing,” stated COD student Missy Rodriguez. “I like the concept for the new show.”
Viewers were able to catch a first look of Fear the Walking Dead during the season finale of The Walking Dead on Mar. 29. While the teaser did not show much, fans are more anxious than before to see official advertising for the show on their television screens. “I’m excited that The Walking Dead will have a west coast presence. This offers many opportunities for extras who want to make appearances as expendable zombies,” says Richard Devereux. “It would be great to tie in San Diego’s Comic-Con to possible roles on the west coast show.”
Many fans, however, are not pleased with the show’s title. They feel it could have been more original. Robert Kirkman, franchise creator, spoke about the title at the National Association of Broadcasting in Las Vegas. “You don’t want to call it The Walking Dead: Los Angeles, you know?” says Kirkman. “That would be so easy; so obvious. It’s the exact wrong thing for what we want to do.”
Fear the Walking Dead is set to release this summer, and will lead into the season six premier of The Walking Dead. No official date has been announced for the premier. The series’ second season will air in 2016, leaving fans with less time to wait for more of The Walking Dead franchise.