'Walking Dead' Season 4: Scott Gimple confirmed as showrunner for 16 episode season

michael-rooker-merle-dixon-walking-dead-season-3-hounded-amc.jpgWith five episodes left to air in Season 3 of "The Walking Dead," AMC has announced that production on Season 4 is set to begin May 6 and officially confirmed Scott M. Gimple as the new showrunner.

Gimple was widely known to be the choice to replace departing showrunner Glen Mazzara, but the network had not officially confirmed his role until today.

Just like Season 3, Season 4 has received a 16 episode order and is expected to premiere in October 2013.

Gimple has been a part of the show's writing staff since Season 2 and has been credited with key episodes including Season 2's midseason finale "Pretty Much Dead Already" (with the reveal of walker Sophia) and Season 3's "Hounded" (which brought together the separate Woodbury and prison storylines). He also wrote the penultimate episode of the current season, "This Sorrowful Life," set to air March 24.

Additionally, "The Walking Dead" has promoted co-executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero and producer Tom Luse to executive producers, joining the team of Gimple, comic book creator Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

"I'm thrilled to continue the tradition of the spectacular, cinematic, horrifying, exciting and emotional storytelling of 'The Walking Dead,'" Gimple said in a statement. "I'm a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer. Over the past two years, it's been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I've ever worked with -- I can't wait to make some more."

"The Walking Dead" continues to set ratings records, recently topping all other scripted programs for the week in the adults 18-49 demo despite airing opposite the Oscars.
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