The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series of the same name created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. In the center of the plot is a small group of people trying to survive during the zombie Apocalypse. It premiered on October 31, 2010 on the cable television channel AMC. The first season contains 6 episodes, the second-13, the third, the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, the eighth and the ninth — on 16. The first season was well received by critics and was nominated for several awards, including the Golden globe award for Best drama television series. On October 25, 2011, AMC renewed the series for a third season, which was released on October 14, 2012. In December 2012, the channel renewed the show for a fourth season, which started on October 13, 2013, and also as a third season, consisted of 16 episodes. On October 29, 2013, AMC renewed the show for a fifth season. On October 7, 2014, prior to the start of the fifth season, AMC renewed the series for a sixth. On October 17, 2016, the series was renewed for an eighth season. On January 13, 2018, the series was renewed for a ninth season. On February 5, 2019, AMC officially announced season 10 of the series, which is scheduled for October 2019. On September 16, 2013, AMC announced the development of a spin-off series that launched in August 2015.  Kim Dickens and cliff Curtis were invited to Central roles. The pilot episode was directed by Adam Davidson, and the original comic book writer Robert Kirkman wrote the screenplay.