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Summer is winding down, and as the final shows of the season are set to premiere or close out, AMC is making it known it plans to bring back quite a few for next year. Most notably, the network announced that Fear The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul have both been renewed for another season, and AMC did it well before there was a hint of concern from fans they could be canceled. Needless to say, this is great news, as two of television's hottest spin-offs will continue to roll on and entertain audiences for another year.
Fear The Walking Dead's renewal came two weeks ahead of Season 4's midseason premiere. The renewal announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour (via Deadline) was of little surprise, as The Walking Dead spinoff upped the ante in Season 4 with its first official crossover character and some fresh faces. As far as what to expect for Season 5, executive producer Scott M. Gimple hinted more crossovers might be coming, which will only aid the show's story at this point as it copes with the recent loss of a major character.
Better Call Saul's renewal was a bit more of a surprise than Fear The Walking Dead's renewal, but mainly because of the timing. AMC also announced the renewal at the TCA summer press tour (via Deadline) ahead of the Season 4 premiere, which was subsequently promoted in a hilarious fashion by Bob Odenkirk. The star of the drama lowered the back of his pants just enough for the press to see a presumably fake tattoo on his buttocks, which teased the show's return on Monday, August 6. Odenkirk joked that he did the stunt because he is "a real company man," and sauntered offstage not long after.
AMC also announced the renewal of their freshman drama McMafia. BBC One, the network that airs the program overseas, had ordered Season 2 in early May but it was unknown whether or not AMC would opt to bring the program back to American audiences. The renewal comes in the midst of some legal troubles involving the show, in which a writer has alleged the BBC lifted his idea for the series in a breach of copyright.
Better Call Saul will premiere Season 4 on AMC Monday, August 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and Fear The Walking Dead will return to complete its Season 4 Sunday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET. There are plenty of other television shows hitting the airwaves around that time, so be sure to visit our summer premiere guide and see what else is on the way. For more on both these shows, be sure to get psyched for the coming weeks by checking out how the group will move on post-Madison and Jimmy's continued transformation in each show's most recent trailers.