No surprise that after shattering cable records with its Season 4 debut this month, the top-rated zombie apocalypse is coming back. AMC today announced there will be a fifth season of The Walking Dead. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever,” AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.” Today’s announcement also stated that Season 4 showrunner Scott Gimple will continue at the helm, serving as executive producer alongside Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman, who created the comic series on which the TV show is based, as well as David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. Previously the Dead’s supervising producer, Gimple was promoted earlier this year to EP for Season 4 of the show after the sudden exit of Glenn Mazzara in late 2012.
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