The Walking Dead – Premiere Date, Season Structure & Fearfest Notes

by on August 2, 2012

in Entertainment

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I’m sure you know, but just in case you don’t, the third season of The Walking Dead season premiere will be debuting on Sunday, October 14th at 9pm ET/PT. The season will be a full 16-episode count, but… the first 8 will air starting in October then after a short break, then return in February 2013.

“Internationally, “The Walking Dead’ will return to audiences in 120+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets the week of October 15, as part of FIC continued commitment to broadcast the series near date-and-date globally.”

Of course, like last year, The Walking Dead will coincide with AMC’s most excellently themed programming slate called AMC Fearfest.  AMC’s Fearfest runs 19 days and brings you a lot of Halloween themed entertainment, including over 70 horror films.  Fearfest runs from Saturday, October 13 through Wednesday, October 31.

In case You Didn’t Know:


Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who travel in search of a safe and secure home.  Additional cast includes: Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes; Laurie Holden as Andrea; Steven Yeun as Glenn; Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; Chandler Riggs as Carl; Lauren Cohan as Maggie; Scott Wilson as Hershel; Iron E. Singleton as T-Dog and Melissa McBride as Carol. The series is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.

“The Walking Dead” reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Last season, (season two) averaged 6.9 million viewers. The series has garnered an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up and a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, among other accolades.  Critics have heralded the series as “the most suspenseful show on any network” (Boston Herald) and “the greatest thriller ever produced for television” (Entertainment Weekly).

Of course, with The Walking Dead, will be the second season of the 30-minute talk show, The Talking Dead will also be premiering.

Did you know that…

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years.  AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”

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