Monday, May 27, 2024

Exclusive: Zombie Apocalypse as “Fear the Walking Dead” Filming Finale, Wrapping Ending Run After Eight Seasons


The era of Zombies is over at AMC. Or as the real Zombies sang, “it’s the time of the season” for a finale.

Sources tell me “Fear the Walking Dead,” the spin off of “The Walking Dead,” will follow the mothership show and wrap its run with its next season, number 8. “The Walking Dead” itself is ending with its next season, number 11. “FTWD” is filming the ending now.

Both shows have had huge declines in ratings. “Fear the Walking Dead” wrapped season 7 last June down 31% in overall audience and 46.77% in the key demo. The final episode had only 710,000 viewers.

The whole fervor for these shows is long gone. Plans for separate movie spin offs have been scaled way back, too.

For more than a decade AMC has feasted on its audience with this stuff. But all things must come to an end. Maybe AMC can get back to quality shows again like “Mad Men” but it’s unlikely.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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