“The Walking Dead” has been picked up for an 11th season, with recently departed star Lauren Cohan (Maggie) set to return as a series regular, AMC announced on Saturday.
The news was revealed at the show’s New York Comic Con panel, with Cohan making a surprise appearance alongside the rest of the cast.
“The Walking Dead burst out of the gate ten years ago as a genre show that had all the character depth of a top-tier prestige drama,” AMC president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “And now ten years later – led by the brilliant Angela Kang and fueled by one of the most consistently talented casts in television – this phenomenon is flourishing creatively, with critics and audiences embracing its reset. We’re delighted to welcome back Lauren Cohan, she has meant so much to this show and its passionate, global fanbase, who are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months.”
Cohan departed the series last year amid a period of significant cast turnover on the zombie drama. She most recently starred in the short-lived ABC spy comedy “Whiskey Cavalier” alongside “Scandal” alum Scott Foley until it was canceled in May.
Earlier this week AMC released the first look at the untitled third series in the “Walking Dead” franchise, which comes from former “TWD” showrunner and chief content officer Scott M. Gimple and veteran writer Matt Negrete. In addition to the new show, the flagship series and the prequel “Fear the Walking Dead,” the franchise is also set to include an untitled “Walking Dead” movie, starring Andrew Lincoln reprising his role as Rick Grimes from the series.
The renewal comes a day ahead of the premiere of the show’s 10th season, which will see it bid farewell to another key player.
It also follows the surprise conclusion of its source comic book series back in July, which, to some, seemed to indicate that the aging series may be closer to the end of its run than to its start. AMC was quick to push back, denying that the fate of the comics would have any effect on the run of the show.
“The Walking Dead” is executive produced by Gimple, current showrunner Angela Kang, creator of the original comic series Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth.
The series currently stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Seth Gilliam, Avi Nash, Callan McAuliffe, Cooper Andrews, Eleanor Matsuura, Nadia Hilker, Cailey Fleming, Samantha Morton, Ryan Hurst, Cassady McClincy and Lauren Ridloff.