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A ninth series of 'The Walking Dead' has been commissioned, with a new showrunner at the helm. The zombie thriller will return in the autumn with Angela Kang taking over as showrunner.

Kang has been a writer and co-executive producer on the show since 2011. She previously wrote some of the most critically-acclaimed episodes, including 'Coda' and 'Still'.

Previous showrunner Scott Gimple will now oversee the entire 'Walking Dead' franchise, including spinoff 'Fear the Walking Dead'.

"This is an enormously important day for the entire 'The Walking Dead' television universe," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. "We're proud to acknowledge Angela's significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognise Scott's broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our 'TWD' universe.

"Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play 'Dead'."

Kang said she was "beyond thrilled" at her appointment.

Gimple's recent series have been criticised for being too slow, with too much focus on exposition. So expect series nine to rattle along at an alarming rate.

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