AMC exec on why The Walking Dead could have the same staying power as Star Trek

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Sep 22, 2016

Seven years into its TV run and AMC’s The Walking Dead is showing no signs of slowing down. But could it actually survive and remain relevant for another four decades?

AMC Network President and CEO Josh Sapan recently opened up about the network’s ambitions for the flagship series and franchise as a whole, and went so far as to compare it to Star Trek — which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Put simply, Sapan said he believes Walking Dead could have similar staying power (though it’s important to remember Trek has taken breaks and existed in phases).

Here’s an excerpt from his comments via The Wrap:

“[Star Trek] came and went three times. We do think that we have a franchise [in The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead] that is one of the rare franchises that you occasionally come across in what we do for a living. [I think it] has incredible long life left in it [and could run] many, many more years…

The environment is more cluttered and it is more challenging to be meaningful. The nice news is that if you look at cable dramas, and you look at the top 10, we have five of them. And that’s a pretty good place to be. The answer to how to do it. I think it is just a careful evaluation of content, and we have a pretty good infrastructure … and increasingly, the ability to command attention and market these shows.”

Sapan certainly has an interesting take on the franchise’s potential, but considering the show is still the top television show in the country by a mile, it’s hard to argue.

What do you think? Could we still be watching a version of The Walking Dead in 2046? Just in, like, even more terrifying virtual reality or something?

(Via The Wrap)

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