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The horror! The horror! AMC renews 'The Walking Dead'

November 8, 2010 |  1:21 pm

Looks like the undead will live to see another day: On Monday, AMC announced that it has greenlighted a 13-episode second season of its zombie drama, "The Walking Dead."

Based on the comic-book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, the show follows police officer Rick Grimes as he leads a group of survivors through a zombie apocalypse.

Working both as an emotional character study and an intestine-chewing gross-out, the series has already broken records for the network. Its Halloween premiere netted more than 5.3 million viewers, the largest audience for any original-series debut on AMC, and also garnered 3.6 million viewers in the ages 18-to-49 demographic, the highest delivery for any cable series premiere in 2010.

— Melissa Maerz

Photo: Steven Yeun, left, and Andrew Lincoln, right, try to blend in with the zombie population in a scene from "The Walking Dead." Photo credit: AMC.