The renaissance of post-apocalyptic TV dramas (in the US at least) shows little signs of abating. A quick round-up of the state of play within the canon of end-of-the-world TV series confirms the following:
The Walking Dead
The second-half of season five of The Walking Dead returns to the FX channel in the UK at 21:00 on Monday 9 February 2015 (the day after its transmission in the US). The Walking Dead took its now-traditional Xmas and New Year mid-season break, and returns next week with the remaining eight episodes. The show has already been renewed for a sixth season.
Filming on a Los Angeles-based spin-off Walking Dead TV series began in January 2015, although no transmission date (or title) has yet been confirmed. Executive producer Robert Kirkman explained to Entertainment Weekly in January: “We want it to be a new show that can stand on its own. You could watch The Walking Dead spinoff if you’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and get a really great, rich, fulfilling experience out of it. It has to be a show that can stand on its own. I think that’s what we’ve accomplished, and we start filming in a couple of days. I’m really excited.”
The Last Ship
Post-apocalyptic US Navy dram The Last Ship has been renewed for a second season by the TNT network.
The Last Ship follows the adventures of the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), in the aftermath of a global pandemic which has destroyed civilisation across the planet. Equipped with a specialist scientific laboratory, its captain and crew must travel the oceans of the world trying to find the means the devise a vaccine, and begin the process of reclaiming the land masses of the earth.
The first season was ten episodes long; season two will comprise thirteen episodes. No UK transmission date has yet been confirmed.
Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the series has been adapted for the small-screen from their novel trilogy of the same name. (Athough the future of the world is in peril from the vampire contagion, The Strain is not really a post-apocalyptic drama)
Production on the second season got underway in November 2014, and transmission of this next batch of thirteen episodes is expected to begin this summer.
In the UK, a repeat run of the first season of The Strain begins on Watch on 8 March 2015.
Series two of high-concept, post-apocalyptic space-opera The 100 premiered in the UK on E4 in January 2015. The show has already been commissioned for a third season.
The After, a post-apocalyptic drama created by Chris Carter for the Amazon studio, has been cancelled. The drama was to focus on the travails of “eight strangers forced to survive in a violent world that defies explanation”. After a pilot episode was released online in February 2014, Amazon initially ordered an eight-episode first season. However, the order was cancelled by Amazon on 5 January 2015.
A spokesman for Amazon told Variety: “We have decided to not move forward with The After. We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew and producers for all their efforts.”