After many years of anticipation, tonight zombies will invade our living rooms like never before. The Walking Dead, a comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and adapted for television by Frank Darabont, follows a group of survivors dealing with a world overrun by zombies. The collaboration between Kirkman, Darabont, producer Gale Anne Hurd, and makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero promises to result in a frightening drama about the human psyche featuring the best looking and most convincing zombies made for television. The 6-episode season one arc begins tonight at 10PM on AMC. The series premiere runs an hour and a half in length, so set your DVRs accordingly. And if you plan on celebrating Halloween night outside the home, don’t forget to record it! Happy Halloween!
Look in the gallery below for character profiles and spooky stills from the premiere.
Update: The Walking Dead premiere was a record-smashing success! The 10PM showing attracted 5.3 million viewers–the largest audience for an AMC original series ever. Want another record-breaking stat? In the 18-49 demo, the show netted 3.6 million viewers making it the highest rated cable series debut in 2010. The adults 25-54 and 18-34 demos netted 3.1 million and 2.1 million viewers, respectively. AMC aired the premiere two more time during the night (at 11PM and again at 1AM), so if you take those showings into account, the premiere garnered a grand total of 8.1 million viewers. Says Charlie Collier, AMC president: “It’s a good day to be dead. We are so proud of this series, its depth of storytelling and the remarkable talent attached. As the network dedicated to bringing viewers the best stories on television, we are so pleased to have the opportunity with The Walking Dead to raise the bar within this popular genre and continue our commitment to being the home of premium television on basic cable.” So Mr. Collier, how about renewing this flipping success for a second season, hm?