“Walking Dead” To Have “Star Trek” Longevity

AMC’s highly successful zombie series “The Walking Dead” continues to be TV’s highest-rated series with one spin-off now in its second season and the main series about to enter its seventh season.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan says that he compares ‘Dead’ with “Star Trek” in that this is a franchise than can retooled, revived and explored in numerous ways with no end in sight. As a result, he expects it will have a similar lifespan:

“[‘Star Trek’] came and went three times. We do think that we have a franchise [in ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’] that is one of the rare franchises that you occasionally come across in what we do for a living.”

Sapan says for cable networks to compete in this cluttered environment, the challenge is to make meaningful content. He adds: “The nice news is that if you look at cable dramas, and you look at the top 10, we have five of them. And that’s a pretty good place to be.”

The new season of “The Walking Dead” kicks off next month.

Source: The Wrap