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'The Walking Dead' renewed for Season 8

AMC has ordered another season of monster hit "The Walking Dead." The no-"braaaaains"-er comes a full week before the series returns for its seventh season. The 16-episode Season 8 will premiere in late 2017; all 16 episodes of the next season will be followed by episodes of Chris Hardwick-hosted aftershow "The Talking Dead."

Ratings for the series declined a little in Season 6 from its highs in Season 5, but its average rating in the 18-49 demographic, a 6.5, was lightyears ahead of its scripted competition on broadcast and cable, and its total viewership average of 13.15 million also dwarfs much else on the guide. The show, like many others these...