AMC Renews The Walking Dead

The Walking DeadAMC has announced that hit show The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season, with Scott Gimple staying in place as showrunner. From their announcement:

“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.

Scott Gimple to Run The Walking Dead

News broke yesterday that Scott Gimple will be the new (and third) showrunner for The Walking Dead. As THR reports, Gimple joined the show as a writer and executive producer in season two. Other news for season four: Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse have been promoted to executive producer, and Matt Negrete of White Collar has joined the show as writer and co-producer. And hey, we’ve got a quote from the author:

“Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He’s contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of The Walking Dead,” said Robert Kirkman, who created the comics the series is based on. “I am thrilled to begin work on a brand-new season of The Walking Dead with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.”