AMC Renews 'The Walking Dead' for Season 9

Carl and Michonne

The Walking Dead has a brand new showrunner, and she's more than excited about what's to come in season 9.

To that end, her noted that AMC's new drama "McMafia" will make all episodes available to subscribers of the fledgling commercial-free AMC Premiere service after the February 26 debut on the linear ad-supported channel.

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.

Now, "The Walking Dead" comic book creator, and overseer of the show Robert Kirkman has defended Gimple and his decision to kill off Carl. The shift in executive roles follows a major decline in ratings during seasons seven and eight.

"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 wonderful comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me", said Kang.

The channel has also made some behind-the-scenes moves, elevating showrunner Scott Gimple to the newly created position of chief content officer for "The Walking Dead" universe. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott's broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe.

Meanwhile, the long wait is over for new Fear the Walking Dead. But among adults aged 18-49, "How It's Gotta Be" was down four percent from season 2's "Pretty Much Dead Already".

David Madden, newly appointed president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said Saturday during AMC's portion of the Television Critics Association press tour that a key focus for him is finding genre fare that will encourage "The Walking Dead" audience to stick around.

Angela has been working on The Walking Dead since 2011 and has written about 20 episodes of the series. In partnership with Next Games, AMC has launched a successful mobile game "The Walking Dead: No Man's Land" and a new location-based augmented reality game, "The Walking Dead: Our World", set to launch globally early this year. "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".

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