AMC’s The Walking Dead has been renewed for its ninth season, and with that came some changes. Showrunner Scott Gimple has been promoted to chief content officer—making Angela Kang the new showrunner. She has worked as a story editor on the show since 2011 and became co-executive producer in 2013. As of season 9, Kang is going to be the show’s new head showrunner.
AMC’s president Charlie Collier had this to say about the news:
“This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe.We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”
Kang will become The Walking Dead‘s fourth showrunner, but the first Asian-American woman to hold the position. Some of the episodes Kang has written is “Judge Jury” in Season 2, “Still” in Season 4, and Season 7 episode “The Cell”. She also co-wrote the season 4 finale alongside Gimple. While The Walking Dead is still the number one show on TV in adults 18-49, the show has seen significantly decline in ratings, with its lowest viewership numbers since Season 2.
“I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with ‘The Walking Dead’” Kang said. “Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me,” said Kang. “I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
The second half of The Walking Dead’s Season 8 returns on February 25, 2018.
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