AMC announced today from Comic-Con International that The Walking Dead season seven will premiere Sunday, October 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. As in previous seasons, the show's seventh season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off October 23 and the final eight returning February 2017. Following The Walking Dead will be the season premieres of AMC's Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and Comic Book Men at midnight ET/PT. Internationally, The Walking Dead will return on FOX channels to audiences in 125+ markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere, as part of FOX's continued commitment to broadcast the series near day-and-date globally.
Today at 1:00 p.m. PT is AMC's The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel event, moderated by Chris Hardwick, and the season seven trailer premiere in Hall H. The new trailer is currently available right here, along with the new trailer for Fear the Walking Dead. At AMC's The Walking Dead booth (#4237), fans can stop by to take photos of themselves among Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) infamous "lineup" from the season six finale.
Also, tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. PT in Hall H, Kevin Smith will discuss the sixth season of Comic Book Men, for which he serves as executive producer, as well as his new late-night talk show, Geeking Out, which he co-hosts with Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Heroes Reborn, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens). Geeking Out, which takes a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens, premieres with a special Comic-Con episode on Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
AMC also announced two The Walking Dead special programming events hosted by Hardwick. A The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview Special, which will give fans an early look at what to expect in the upcoming season, including exclusive interviews with the cast and executive producers and behind-the-scenes moments, premieres Sunday, August 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. A two-hour The Walking Dead" Recap Special (working title), a retrospective on the series' acclaimed six seasons, premieres Sunday, October 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The season premieres of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead will coincide the network's annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest. Celebrating its 20th year, AMC Fearfest will feature themed programming and more than 60 films, running from Sunday, October 16 through Tuesday, October 31.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns as television's most watched drama for adults 18-49 for the last four years. 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, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series, which has been heralded by critics as "an honest-to-God phenomenon" (Variety), is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
Talking Dead is AMC's first live after show that serves as a platform for discussion for The Walking Dead. Produced by Embassy Row and executive produced by Michael Davies, Jennifer Kelly Patton and Brandon Monk, Talking Dead features host Chris Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and TV enthusiasts, recapping the most recent Dead episode, providing sneak peeks and discussion of upcoming episodes and taking questions and comments from viewers. Fans may continue to engage with the after-show following the on-air conclusion, online, at AMC.com for more conversations, questions and trivia.