AMC announced today that they have picked up their as yet untitled ‘Walking Dead’ companion series with a two season order.

Like its parent series, the spinoff will debut with a six episode first season, which is currently set to air in “late summer” of this year with the second to follow in 2016. A date has not yet been announced for the second season, but given the first season’s summer air date (and the fact that ‘The Walking Dead’ typically airs in during the fall and winter months) the popular speculation is that it will begin in the spring.

Along with the announcement of a two season pick up, AMC released the first photo from the series:

First announced in September 2013, the series – which is currently known only by the codename ‘Cobalt‘ – is rumored to serve as a prequel to ‘The Walking Dead’ and is said to be set in Los Angeles at the start of the zombie apocalypse. This setting should be of particular interest to fans, as not only does it represent a complete break from the characters and setting of both creator Robert Kirkman’s original comics and the parent series, but also because the beginning of the zombie apocalypse is a subject, it is worth noting, that has never been directly addressed in either the comics or the show to date.

For his part, Kirkman describes the two season commitment as empowering, adding “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story.”

The ‘Walking Dead’ companion show stars ‘Gang Related’ alum Cliff Curtis as Sean Cabrera, a Los Angeles teacher who shares custody of his son with his ex-wife. The series also Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey.  Be sure to stick with for more information as it becomes available.

Source: THR