'The Walking Dead' renewed for 5th season

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And now here’s the least-surprising renewal of the fall: AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead for a fifth season.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “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. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”

As part of the deal, AMC announced that new showrunner Scott Gimple will remain on board as the lead writer-producer (here’s our take on why that’s a good thing). So far this fall’s Walking Dead premiere has garnered 20.2 million viewers, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a new record for any non-sports cable telecast.

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