Newswire: The Walking Dead and its spinoff both get release dates, trailers

Today was apparently Walking Dead Day at Comic-Con, with AMC’s flagship zombie series and its new spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead, both getting the convention’s standard panel-and-trailer treatment. Besides the usual con banter, the most interesting news coming out of the panels was the programs’ scheduling, with the network revealing that the two shows won’t be airing alongside each other when they start up in the fall. Instead, the six-episode first season of Fear will air first, premiering in its parent program’s usual Sunday night time slot on August 23, and running there until The Walking Dead starts its sixth season on October 11.

That earlier positioning makes a kind of sense, though, since the trailer for the new series makes it clear that Fear is intended as a kind of location-shifted prequel series, providing the “During” portion of the zombie apocalypse glimpsed in “Before” and …

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