December 14, 2012 12:32pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
AMC to Air 'Walking Dead' in Black and White to Boost Unscripted Block
AMC is looking to give its upcoming Thursday night unscripted block a push from the dead.
The cable network will air early episodes of ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead in black and white starting Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. with the first two episodes of the zombie drama.
The 90-minute premiere and hourlong subsequent episode will lead into the second season premiere of Kevin Smith's docuseries Comic Book Men at 9 p.m., the debut of Venice Beach Boardwalk entry Freakshow at 9:30 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by Taxidermy competition series Immortalized.
AMC announced Thursday night block in November as it continues to invest in unscripted fare to bolster its award-winning original programming including Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
The Walking Dead has proven a breakout hit for the network, averaging more than 10 million viewers thus far through its third season, which returns Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m.
While the Walking Dead's series premiere has been broadcast in black and white before, subsequent episodes will run for the first time in the format -- which mirrors the design of Robert Kirkman's Image Comics series on which the drama is based.
Check out the full schedule, below.
Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. 101
Feb. 14, 8 p.m. 102
Feb. 21, 8 p.m. 103
Feb. 28, 8 p.m. 104
March 7, 8 p.m. 105
March 14, 8 p.m. 106
March 21, 7:30 p.m. 201
April 4, 8 p.m. 202
April 11, 8 p.m. 203
April 18, 8 p.m. 204
April 25, 8 p.m. 205
May 2, 8 p.m. 206