It seems to be all about prequels these days for hit TV shows which can often work out as a pretty decent safety net compared to a regular old spin-off, in that you can still ride the coattails of the original show without too many constraints with the storyline or characters.
Walking Dead is the most recent series to get on this bandwagon with AMC now officially giving a two-series commitment to the show which is thought to be set in Los Angeles at the start of the zombie apocalypse.
The Walking Dead was initially a comic series written by Robert Kirkman, and he has joined forces with Sons of Anarchy's Dave Erickson to write the pilot, while both will serve as executive producers, with Erickson also working as the showrunner.
The cast is set to include Gone Girl's Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey with the first season released last this summer consisting of six episodes, while season two will be shown in 2016.
Not going to lie, for some reason we are not really feeling too optimistic about this. The massive success of The Walking Dead still kind of seems like some wonderful fluke of television... it's a great show in many ways, but think folk may just be all zombie apocalysed out at this stage, don't you?