The Walking Dead is off to a roaring start on AMC and the zombie series has already been renewed for a second season. However, The Live Feed is reporting that the show likely won't be premiering Season 2 for almost a full year, with the tentative plan to launch the show in October 2011.
AMC will take advantage of its annual Fear Fest to promote the 13-episode second season, like it did with success for this current, inaugural season, which will only run for six episodes, three of which have already aired. The show's massive ratings aren't normal for a fall cable series, due to the influx of competition on broadcast networks, and it seems AMC plans to stick to a fall debut for this high-powered horror series.
It should also be said that AMC has also moved its critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad into the summer season for its fourth season, as we reported in August. The show is slated for a July 2011 premiere and the summer return of Mad Men's fifth season will likely arrive in July 2011 also. It seems the network is trying to spread out its programming since it also has a brand new fourth series, The Killing, slated to debut sometime in 2011 as well.
The production plan for The Walking Dead still isn't finalized yet and we likely won't know an official Season 2 premiere date for quite some time. One positive note on Season 2 though is that series creator Frank Darabont is planning to write and direct at least one episode in The Walking Dead's second season.