WASHINGTON — When AMC Networks Inc. announces that its popular zombie-centric AMC series The Walking Dead is returning in 2018, it’ll be marking its second-annual return in three years, and its first in 25 years.
That’s an unusual pattern for the network, which is best known for the popular series The Vampire Diaries, and the fact that it has been airing on AMC for years, despite the fact it was a spinoff from its popular AMC series.
But the network is planning to keep doing what it has done in the past: bring the shows back as regular programming, without a traditional schedule or a clear direction.
While AMC hasn’t officially announced any new episodes, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said in an interview Thursday that the company is planning a number of new episodes to be released in 2018.
The show is still on the air, but that won’t be announced until at least the fall.
Hurd said she and the rest of the show’s cast have talked about “the possibility of doing more” in 2018 and said that the writers have been discussing “how to do more with the season and the world and everything.”
Hurd didn’t say when or where the series would return, or whether there will be a new season.
AMC said in a statement that it would be announcing a date for the season premiere in late July or early August.
“The Walking Night Dead” will be renewed for a second season, but it’s not clear how long it would take to get there.
The last time AMC ran a series for two seasons was in 2011.