The television adaptation of the graphic novel, “The Walking Dead” has become the AMC cable network’s fourth original series according to THR. The show has been picked up for a six episode order after a early season green light back in January.

According to the trade, the series will be written, directed, and produced by Frank Darabont and the casting is still ongoing. Production is scheduled to start in June in Atlanta, with the series’ premiere slated for October 2010 during AMC’s Fearfest, the network’s annual marathon of thriller and horror films. That sounds like a fitting debut don’t you think? Fearfest is always entertaining to watch and this show will fit in perfectly.

“AMC strives to make original shows that play like movies and “The Walking Dead” is a perfect complement to the network’s celebrated movie franchise, Fearfest, which has always been an important destination for our audience,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “With its depth of story and the remarkable talent attached, “The Walking Dead” gives us an opportunity to raise the bar significantly within this popular genre, and continue our commitment to being the home of premium programming on basic cable.”

I don’t know about you but I need to know who’s playing the characters on this show. Casting is always tricky when it comes to any type of comic or graphic novel adaptation. It doesn’t matter if it’s for TV or film, they need to throw a bone to fans of the source material. According to the show’s IMDB page, the only actor listed is Jon Bernthal. We need to know more.

What do you think of AMC picking up The Walking Dead for 6 episodes? Do you think the show is in good hands? Will you watch?