More than 50 major cities around the globe, including New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago and Tokyo will celebrate the sixth annual World Zombie Day on Saturday, a yearly event that inspires such events as zombie marches, zombie races, zombie pub-crawls and zombie charity events.

This year, however, the World Zombie Day is taking on a new cause — namely, the cancellation of the AMC network, which is set to air the third season of The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Steven Yeun and Sarah Wayne Callies, from Dish Network.

The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC on Sunday (one day after World Zombie Day), but Dish subscribers won't be in on the undead fun, though AMC, as a courtesy, is setting up free online streaming so that unlucky and disgruntled (zombie-like?) Dish viewers can watch the season premiere. But then what?

Dish dropped all AMC networks in June, reports the Washington Post, claiming that it was not worth it for them to also have to carry IFC, WE tv, Sundance, and IFC Films. AMC has a different story, maintaining that the refusal to show The Walking Dead has to do with an unrelated lawsuit from some time ago. Either way, fans who subscribe to Dish just know that they won't get to see their favorite zombie show just a day after they (inevitably) celebrate World Zombie Day.

"It's a true Zombie crisis!" said Jonathan Ackerman, who organizes the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. Zombie Pub Crawl. "Zombie fans are frothing at the mouth because many of us cannot see The Walking Dead."

The phenomenon of World Zombie Day, which anyone who paid attention to the timeline will realize has nothing to do with The Walking Dead, stems from Pittsburgh's first Zombie Walk in 2006, which began at Monroeville Mall, the filming location of George Romero's horror classic, Dawn of the Dead.

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