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[News Bites] 'Mercy' Casting; Spielberg Stalls 'Robopocalypse’; 'Y the Last Man' Director!

Shirley Knight (Cowboys and Aliens) and Chris Browning, pictured above, have rounded out the cast of the Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions horror movie Mercy, reports Variety. Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney currently star, with Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell set to direct. Pic is based on a Stephen King story from his “Skeleton Crew,” with a script penned by Matt Greenberg. It follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she’s a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.

According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg is going to push back Robopocalypse, the giant science fiction pic that he was scheduled to direct this spring for Fox and Disney through DreamWorks. Spielberg isn’t dropping out of the movie, he just didn’t want to rush an expensive film, and wanted more time to work on it. Based on Daniel H. Wilson novel and with a script by Cloverfield‘s Drew Goddard, Robopocalypse was to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway and concerns a battle for survival after mankind generates its first mass intelligence computer brain only to see it escape. It was set for an April 2014 release.

Lastly, New Line Cinema is moving forward with the cult classic Y The Last Man, setting Dan Trachtenberg to direct the film, says the same site. “Y The Last Man” is the dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo beginning in 2002. It focuses on only man to survive the apparent simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth. The 60-issue series was repackaged in book firm and the series won five Eisner Awards. READ MORE

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[TV] "The Walking Dead" Renewed For Fourth Season As Problems Persist...

In the most perplexing of breaking stories, AMC has announced the renewal of The Walking Dead for a fourth season but has tied it to the news that Glen Mazzara is stepping down as showrunner. That’s two down in three seasons…

AMC jointly announces with Glen Mazzara today that for future seasons, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. “AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success,” explains the release.

Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.

I’ve never seen a show that’s so incredibly successful, and so popular, yet has such obvious behind-the-scenes drama. You could almost go as far as to say the problems in making the hit series is more interesting than the show itself…

In May and June of 2011 we reported tension between showrunner Frank Darabont and AMC. This transpired to Darabont stepping down in July. By that same night AMC announced that Mazzara would run the series. We celebrated.

Since then, the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Image Comic series has thrived, but it’s been more about putting bandages on the problems than progressing the series. Some good fixes include the criss-crossing between the Rick Grimes camp and The Governor’s military operation, which has made the first half of season 3 move at a much quicker pace. And as I’ve stated multiple times, killing off annoying characters and finally giving Carl some balls has catapulted the drama to a new level. Still, as good as Season 3 has been, it should be even better. This is AMC, the cabler responsible for “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” – I expect award-winning television! READ MORE

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[TV] AMC To Air Season One and Season Two Of "The Walking Dead" In Black and White!

Last July AMC ran an experiment in airing a black and white episode of the popular The Walking Dead.”

It appear they’ll be taking it eight steps further next year with plans to air both Season One and Season Two in black and white, implies showrunner Glen Mazzara who tweeted the below photo from a “Walking Dead” fan mag. According to the mag, we can expect the fun to start February 2013.

The project is set among a group of zombie survivors of an apocalypse who are led by a police officer, Rick Grimes, in search of a safe place to live. READ MORE

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"American Horror" Star Feels Stephen King's 'Mercy'

After getting praise for his work on the first season of “American Horror Story,” Dylan McDermott is returning to the genre with a role in the fantasy horror project Mercy for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, says Variety.

Pic is based on a Stephen King story from his “Skeleton Crew” collection. Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney are also set star.

The Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell is directing from a script by Matt Greenberg. Jason Blum will produce with McG and Mary Viola from Wonderland Sound and Vision.

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[Random Cool] Watch Every "The Walking Dead" Zombie Kill (So Far)!!

Keeping up with the trend started after season one ended, we now present to you every single zombie kill (so far) from AMC’s The Walking Dead, with the latest update coming courtesy of Vulture. We’ll get you going with the first season, with the next two beyond the break.

In the ongoing new season which has taken break until February, “Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

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"Walking Dead" and 'Super 8' Kids Join Stephen King's 'Mercy'

Chandler Riggs, the child star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and Super 8‘s Joel Courtney are joining the Stephen King adaptation of Mercy, writes THR.

Blumhouse and Wonderland Sound and Vision are behind the movie, which will be released by Universal.

The Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell is directing the horror thriller, which revolves around two brothers (Riggs, Courtney) who go with their mother to take care of their grandma. Unbeknownst to them, the grandmother is a witch, who made an evil deal using black magic years earlier. Matt Greenberg wrote the script.

Frances O’Connor is already on board to play the mother.

Mercy is based on King’s short story “Gramma,” which was first published in Weirdbook magazine in 1984. READ MORE

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[TV] Next On "The Walking Dead"; An Exclusive Look At New Walker!

We’ve landed an exclusive new look at a forthcoming walker from AMC’s The Walking Dead.”

Seen in next Sunday, November 25′s episode 03.07 “When the Dead Come Knocking,” the governor seeks information; a new guest at the prison forces Rick’s hand.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.READ MORE

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[TV] Which "The Walking Dead" Character Is Blasting His Way To The Small Screen Next?

TVOM reports that “The Wire” star Chad Coleman, pictured inside, has been cast in AMC’s The Walking Dead as Tyrese.

In the Image comics, Tyreese first appeared in the seventh issue, crossing paths with Rick and his group on the highway, with the former sheriff providing food for the former Atlanta Falcons linebacker and his family before joining the fold, explains THR.

The character eventually works his way up as Rick’s No. 2 following Shane’s death and becomes a love interest for both Carol and Michonne, pictured above.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.READ MORE

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[TV] Next On “The Walking Dead” Episode 3.06 "Hounded"

AMC’s The Walking Dead continues to impress, and while we work our way to the halfway marker, we’ve got for you a sneak peak of next week’s episode. In addition, check out two behind-the-scenes videos from tonight’s episode “Say the Word.”

Next Sunday, November 18 AMC airs episode 03.06 “Hounded”. In the episode, Rick returns to check on the group.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

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[TV] Next On “The Walking Dead” Episode 03.04 “Killer Within”

Airing next Sunday, November 4 only on AMC is The Walking Dead Season 3 episode 03.04 “Killer Within.” We’ve also added a behind-the-scenes look at tonight’s episode, “Walk With Me,” which takes you on the set of the helicopter crash alongside some new characters.

In the episode, the group is severed, placing lives in jeopardy; Merle has a request for the Governor.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.READ MORE

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[TV] "The Walking Dead" Is The #1 Show On Television! Horror RULES!

Just in time for our holiday, Halloween, it’s time to raise a glass and make a toast to the horror genre. Horror now owns the #1 spot on the small screen proving that it’s just as strong as ever!

AMC’s The Walking Dead is the highest-rated non-sports telecast among adults 18-49 on all of television this fall, reports Deadline.

The third season premiere on AMC’s zombie drama drew 7.3 million 18-49 viewers in Live+same day, with no carriage on major satcaster DISH no less. Un-freakin’-real!

When you’re partying hard this weekend, take a second to give thanks to the Halloween gods for giving us such an astounding treat. Have your say inside. READ MORE

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[TV] 10.9 Million Zombie Fiends Watched "The Walking Dead"!

The Walking Dead opened its third season Sunday with a staggering 10.9 million viewers for its initial 9 o’clock telecast and 15 million for the night, reports Variety.

For the first time, AMC’s zombie skein aired without Dish Network carrying the cabler, and therefore eliminating another potential 14 million viewers the opportunity to watch.

Sunday’s premiere compares to the 7.3 million who tuned in to the first telecast of the season two premiere last October and the 9 million for the season finale in March.

Talk back here and then read my list of 6 things they did right with the season premiere.

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[TV] 6 Things "The Walking Dead" Season Premiere Did RIGHT!

I have all of “The Walking Dead” trade paperbacks and I’ve been reading them for years. I was a fan before AMC ever announced they’d be adapting Robert Kirkman’s tale of the undead for the small screen. I say this because I’m one of the harshest critics of the ongoing series, now entering its third season. I’ve taken a lot of heat from you dear readers for holding the producers accountable, so much so that my partner in crime even slapped my hand. But the fact of the matter is, I expect way more from the cabler responsible for such classics as “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men”.

The Walking Dead” is the first major zombie series to hit TV, thus I understand where everyone is coming from. We want to be forgiving and give the show a pass. But as fans of horror you too should expect more. We’ve made it a record-breaking series, but it shouldn’t be rewarded for lazily limping by. They need to respect us and kick it up a notch. The ugly drama that went public last season was a sign that, whether you like it or not, there was something wrong with the show. And, as it turns out, AMC has worked diligently to fix it.

Last night AMC aired episode 03.01 “Seed“, the premiere episode that made me believe wholeheartedly that this is a new start. I am finally excited to see what comes each Sunday night. With that I want to reflect back on the season premiere and point out 6 things they did correctly that can take this show into a new era of awesome. READ MORE

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[TV] Next On "The Walking Dead" Ep. 3x02 "Sick", Season 3 Premiere Talkback!

It’s no secret that AMC’s road to the third season of their record-breaking zombie drama The Walking Dead has been a rocky one. Us horror fans have been giving the series a major pass because, well, we’re just excited to have something to call “ours” on the small screen. While I’ve been one of the more vocal naysayers, it should be clarified that Robert Kirman’s comic series is one of my all-time favorites, and I expected a bit more from the team behind this adaptation (Season 2 spoiler: the fact that Carl doesn’t actually kill Shane obliterates his character and devolves him from becoming a broken young “man”). The behind-the-scenes chaos last season between showrunner Frank Darabont and AMC became got ugly when it became public – but to be fair, you can’t repair two seasons of damage overnight.

With that I lead into tonight’s Season 3 premiere. A new start. A new beginning. This is the first time AMC and the filmmaking team are on the same page. Early word has been incredibly strong. Thus, it’s hard to imagine that anyone here isn’t excited to see the undead rise back on their televisions (unless, of course, you have Dish).

As I write this, Rick and co. should be arriving to the prison complex and setting up what should be the definitive turning point in this franchise. With the introduction of Michonne and The Governor there’s a lot to look forward to. But let’s just start right here, right now. Take it one day at a time. Talk back below and get a conversation going with other Bloody readers regarding the premiere episode. You can also cement your thoughts in BD history by writing your own review in our database. We’re dying to know what you think!

Update: We’ve add the promo for episode 2, along with two behind-the-scenes looks at the making of episode 03.01 “Seed” inside! READ MORE

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In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

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"The Waking Dead" Showrunner Teases Potential Movie Prequel

Back on August 13 we told you exclusively that AMC was planning a The Waking Dead feature film, based on the Robert Kirkman comic series that also spawned the popular show now entering its third season.

This afternoon TVLine shared a video interview (where they hilariously use the terms “thrill ride” twice) with showrunner Glenn Mazzara (and the cast) who revealed that a prequel movie could be in the works. The interview is a bit playful, so take what he says with a small grain of salt. With that said, you should expect a movie if the show continues to break records.

The way I look at this prison is when the outbreak happened there was a zombie movie that took place in a prison,” explains Mazzara. “One day maybe well go back and film that movie, and now our guys come in and they’re sort of the sequel to what happened. So there are survivors in that prions, damage in the prison,” he continues. “So walkers keep coming in, its never safe. They fooled themselves into thinking the farm was safe. From the jump they know this prison is not safe.

Speaking on the popular Governor, played by David Morrissey, he adds, “You will not have to wait long to meet [him].

“The Walking Dead” returns October 14 only on AMC (and not Dish!).

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Part 2: Guess These "The Walking Dead" Season 3 Characters And Win A Prize Pack!!

Bloody Disgusting has been provided with an exclusive image from AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 3, which kicks off October 14 with 16 all new episodes. The kick is, you won’t be able to see said still until Friday. Until then, we’re giving readers a chance to “guess” who will be depicted in the pic, and the first (5) five to do so will land a wicked prize pack! Check out the second portion of the still below as we build up to Friday!

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous.

Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets. READ MORE

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Part 1: Guess These "The Walking Dead" Season 3 Characters And Win A Prize Pack!!

Bloody Disgusting has been provided with an exclusive image from AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 3, which kicks off October 14 with 16 all new episodes. The kick is, you won’t be able to see said still until Friday. Until then, we’re giving readers a chance to “guess” who will be depicted in the pic, and the first (5) five to do so will land a wicked prize pack! In addition, below we’ve added a new promo for Episode 3.01 “Seed”.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous.

Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets. READ MORE

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[TV Next On] Nearly 50 Hi-Res Images From "The Walking Dead" Season 3!!

The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors who must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living. Season three of “The Walking Dead” will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14 and the final episodes returning beginning February 2013. Check out nearly 50 high resolution images inside!

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, and Melissa McBride.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

In addition, in response to DISH taking away its customers’ favorite scripted drama series on basic cable – “The Walking Dead” – AMC is offering all DISH subscribers a special live stream of the hit show’s season three premiere episode on Sunday, October 14, at 9PM ET/6PM PT on amctv.com. This streaming event will run concurrently with the television debut so DISH subscribers who are fans of the series can experience this highly-anticipated premiere at the same time it’s available to all other cable and satellite subscribers.

Beginning Friday, September 28 at 9 AM ET, DISH subscribers can register for access to the free live stream of “The Walking Dead” by clicking here. READ MORE

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[TV Next On] Still Gallery For "The Walking Dead" Episode 3.01 "Seed"!

AMC has just released 10 images from The Walking Dead Season 3!! While the first episode has yet to air, you can already get a taste of the prison chaos is episode 3.01 “Seed”.

The 16-episode Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” will air in two parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14th and returning in February, 2013 with the final eight episodes.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous.

Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets. READ MORE

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[TV] Michonne Takes You Behind-the-Scenes Of "The Walking Dead" Season 3!

AMC released today an inside look at Michonne of The Walking Dead featuring an interview with Danai Gurira. AMC will be releasing more behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews and sneak peeks leading up to “The Walking Dead” Season 3 premiere on Sunday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT.

Based on the comic book series written by Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira.

In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.READ MORE

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TV: Behind-the-Scenes Videos For "The Walking Dead" Season 3 and "Dexter" Season 7

AMC released today a behind-the-scenes video for The Walking Dead featuring interviews of the Season 3 cast. AMC will be releasing more behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews and sneak peeks leading up to “The Walking Dead” Season 3 premiere on Sunday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT. Based on the comic book series written by Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira. “In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous.

In addition, Showtime also shared a new video teasing the forthcoming premiere of “Dexter” Season 7, premiering Sep. 30. In the video, star C.S. Lee discusses the evolution of Vincent Masuka over the last 7 seasons. Here’s the recently revealed synopsis for Episode 7.01: “Are You….?” “After witnessing her brother kill Travis Marshall, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) attempts to reconcile with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) while struggling to cover up their involvement with the murder. Meanwhile, Detective Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in, Quinn and Batista begin to make amends, and LaGuerta finds evidence that causes her to re-think the closed Bay Harbor Butcher case.READ MORE

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TV Mania! "Walking Dead' Eats 10 Millions Fans, Hi-Res "American Horror Story" Poster, & "Dexter" Season 7 Featurette!

It’s been an absolutely insane post-holiday news explosion, so we’re rounding up some fresh TV stories in this edition of News Bites.

Showtime has released a 4-minute long featurette that goes behind-the-scenes of “Dexter” Season 7, which premieres September 30. Here’s the synopsis for Episode 7.01: “Are You….?” “After witnessing her brother kill Travis Marshall, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) attempts to reconcile with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) while struggling to cover up their involvement with the murder. Meanwhile, Detective Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in, Quinn and Batista begin to make amends, and LaGuerta finds evidence that causes her to re-think the closed Bay Harbor Butcher case.

The team behind AMC released a Social Network-style one-sheet for The Walking Dead that celebrates their 10 million fans. In Season 3, premiering October 24, “Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company will face a brand new threat – one that is very much human. While Rick and the gang are busy clearing out a prison in the hopes of transforming it into a protective fortress, not so far away is the town of Woodbury, Georgia, and its self-appointed leader, the Governor (David Morrissey).

Lastly comes a hi-res look at the American Horror Story: Asylum promotional poster featuring the entire cast and crew. The new season premieres Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10/9c. on FX. The new season is set at an East Coast asylum for the criminally insane in 1964, and revolves around Jessica Lange’s new character — a nun — and her boss at the institution, played by James Cromwell. READ MORE

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TV: [Next On] Rick Reacts To Something Horrifying In "The Walking Dead" Teaser!

Premiering October 14 on AMC, The Walking Dead” returns with the third season that’s teased in TVLine’s exclusive promo clip embedded below. Executive producer Robert Kirkman recently told them that Rick’s upcoming emotional “journey… is going to be a lot more drastic than it’s been. You’re going to see him really be put through his paces.” So much so, the boss added, that he’s “going to come out of the season a changed character.”

In Season 3, “Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company will face a brand new threat – one that is very much human. While Rick and the gang are busy clearing out a prison in the hopes of transforming it into a protective fortress, not so far away is the town of Woodbury, Georgia, and its self-appointed leader, the Governor (David Morrissey).READ MORE