A 'Walking Dead' spin-off series has been given the green-light for two seasons straight off the bat. The currently untitled show, set in Los Angeles, will star Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey.

Walking DeadThe Walking Dead spin-off will air in the summer, with season two coming in 2016

"From the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, we've been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did 'turn.' Through this new series, we're going to find out," Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a statement.

"Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead."

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The first season of the show will air on AMC in the summer and will kick off with a run of six hour long episodes. A second season will follow in 2016.

Elsewhere, an episode of the companion show The Talking Dead, will air in the UK following the season five finale on March 30.

The new series comes as AMC opted to focus on original scripts and got rid of nearly all of its unscripted programming. The spin-off will join Hell on Wheels, Halt & Catch Fire, Turn, Better Call Saul, Badlands, Humans and Night Manager. Other pilots include the Afghanistan drama White City and controversial comedy Preacher

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