Where is The Walking Dead?

A number of readers have been asking about which network has picked up new US zombie series The Walking Dead.

Based on the comic book of the same name, it tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and follows a small group of survivors travelling across the United States in search of a new home.

The series airs in the US on AMC, which also has Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and it’s been generating a lot of buzz since it premiered on Halloween.

The Wall Street Journal said that the “pilot episode is so good that it has hooked even a zombie hater like me.” The writer added that what made the show so good was that it looks cinematic.

After checking with a number of sources, TV Tonight had learned that no Australian network has yet picked this up.

Three networks showed interest in the series, but the rights are believed to be top price. Foxtel is still interested in the series, but no deal is yet finalised.

Unfortunately for a cult series like this, the longer it is delayed the more the audience could resort to piracy.

If James Packer really wants to keep TEN young, could he write a cheque for this one please?



  1. So it’s December 2011, why is there no Walking Dead on. Wish that our stations would stop pussy footing around and grow some balls we are dock of all the reality
    shows. Even Friday night Horror nights don’t exist anymore. Instead we are watching over Spoilt 20 year olds who still act like they are teenagers, survivors that are not really deserted on an island. Our cop shows mainly consist of RBT’s and DUI’s. Bring back shows like Australias most wanted, missing persons and show something new and daring like The Walking Dead, Grimm and many more. Give us variety, aliens, ghosts and the paranormal/ supernatural. Sick of the same murder mysteries, medical dramas and the family drama shows. Give us some gore and make us afraid of the night. Im a goody 2 shoes and the only time I act out is by watching stuff that spooks me, that is my thrill. Please satisfy it.

  2. Great series, unfortunately I had to download the series, because let’s face it we’re all just sick & tired of the same old reality shows being run year after year, who cares about the biggest loser etc, I’d rather watch fat people getting chomped on by zombies, serve them right for supersizing!, still the DVD/bluray is out this week, so I’d say the tv studios have missed the bandwagon!

  3. Foxtel is full of crap keep reguritating the same filth & free to air is slowly improving choice of programs – but lets face its Norman F%%$ Reedus the Boondock Saint – This is Huge – pick up the freakin show Dont make us beg…..one of the stations has to find the required elephant balls to buy and show the awesome series!!!

  4. Brilliant series. Just watched episode 4 and it’s the best one yet. Lots of tension, lots of action and no holding back on the blood shots. Love the occasional lense splatter as the zombies take a head shot with a bullet of a baseball bat. great production quality and more than just gore.

  5. Just came back from LA and caught an episode at my sisters house. What a great show. Not a big zombie fan, but this one got me hooked. Hope someone picks it up in australia

  6. This is so frustrating. I contacted AMC and they told me to contact my local Fox station. I got a standard response saying they had no plans to air it.

    I just read it broke premiere ratings records in 120 countries. I’m sorry, 120 other countries have it yet Australia doesn’t!!! We also missed out on all the cool promotional stuff like ‘Zombie Commuter Day’, where Greg Nicotero (Hollywood Special Effects Make-Up guru) trained people worldwide to do zombie make-up and freak out commuters!

    I’m doubley frustrated as my sister is Frank D’s assistant so I’m resisting the piracy route…for now!!

  7. Secret Squïrrel

    @Chris – “90% of the fanbase has already watched the shows before they finally air on SBS or ABC2” – Really? From which orifice did you pull that figure? You only have to look at something like Top Gear (UK) to see how showing a program’s ratings are affected by showing it on Australian FTA a year or more after it’s broadcast in its home country. Not a lot.

    If networks could even triple their audience (let alone multiply by 10 as your made-up data would suggest) simply by showing a program earlier, don’t you think that they would? As V has already stated, for some reason people seem to have a blind spot when it comes to SBS and ABC2.

  8. Just thinking that since SBS One has FTA rights to AMC’s ‘Mad Men,’ & with them recently airing Channel Four’s ‘Dead Set,’ maybe they could take it up? Would work really well on a late Monday night…

    I can wait, unlike some “fans.”

  9. “28 Days Later
    28 Weeks Later
    Thats what comes to my mind.
    Not very original.”

    That’s odd, the comic that the show is based on was created before those films came out. Hmm, interesting…

  10. I thought the first episode was great, but I’m surpised at all the praise its received because normally zombie movies have a very niche audience.

    If you’re a fan of the Romero-style apocalypse drama you’ll love it, but I wouldn’t think it’d appeal to all viewers which is probably why the big networks are hesitant.

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