AMC announced today from Comic-Con International that The Walking Dead Season 6 will premiere Sunday, October 11th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with an extended 90-minute episode. As in previous seasons, the show's sixth season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off October 11th and the final eight returning February 2016. Following The Walking Dead will be the season premiere of AMC's Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. A new season of Comic Book Men will debut the following week with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, October 18 at midnight and 12:30 a.m. ET/PT. Internationally, The Walking Dead will return to audiences in 125+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere, as part of FIC's continued commitment to broadcast the series near day-and-date globally.
AMC's The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel event was moderated by Chris Hardwick, with the season six trailer premiering in Hall H to thunderous applause. We'll have more details from that event as it wraps up. At AMC's The Walking Dead booth (#4237), fans can stop by to take photos of themselves among some of the iconic settings from The Walking Dead Season 5, including the infamous revolving door in which Glenn and Noah were stuck and Noah met his demise. Also today from 7:15-9:00 p.m. in Hall H, Kevin Smith will discuss the fifth season of Comic Book Men, for which he serves as executive producer, during his annual Comic-Con panel.
In addition, AMC announced a Talking Dead Season 6 Preview Special, which will premiere Sunday, August 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Hardwick, the special will give fans an early look at what to expect in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, along with exclusive interviews with cast members and executive producers and behind-the-scenes moments. Fans can also catch up on seasons one through five with a "5 Sundays/5 Seasons" Marathon. Each Sunday, AMC will air a single season of the critically acclaimed hit beginning Sunday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT through Sunday, August 23.
The network also announced today The Walking Dead Season 6 premiere event at Madison Square Garden in New York City this October. The cast and executive producers will be on hand for a screening and panel discussion at The World's Most Famous Arena. For more information, visit AMCTheWalkingDead.com and sign up to be among the first to learn how to win tickets to attend. Here's what AMC's Charlie Collier had to say in a statement.
"We covet our time in person with 'The Walking Dead' fans every summer at Comic-Con International, and we always work to bring them new, exciting content and experiences that fuel their passion. With today's exclusive trailer, the upcoming preview special in August, the unprecedented fan celebration at Madison Square Garden, and so much more in store between now and the 90-minute premiere on October 11th, we are focused on The Walking Dead's passionate, loyal audiences and helping them bridge the months-long separation from Rick, Daryl, Michonne and the rest of the gang."
The season premieres of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead will coincide with AMC's Zombie Apocalypse Week, from Monday, October 5 through Sunday, October 11, as well as the network's annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest. Celebrating its 19th year, AMC Fearfest will feature themed programming and more than 60 films, running from Sunday, October 18 through Friday, October 31. Check out the first trailer for The Walking Dead Season 6.