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Darren Franich
May 09, 2012 AT 08:40 PM EDT

AMC has officially renewed both Comic Book Men and The Talking Dead. The low-buzz, low-cost series marked AMC’s first foray into the genres of “reality show” and “live after show” and away from its bread-and-butter programming like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Both newcomer shows will be returning for 16-episode second seasons, which means 16 more episodes of nerdy dudes basically quoting Mallrats without the swearing, and 16 episodes of Chris Hardwick bravely exploring whole new ways to talk about nothing happening on The Walking Dead.

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