AMC has just renewed “The Walking Dead” for a 5th season, and with it the promise of a bunch of people wandering around for another year, arguing and dying. Funnily enough, they’re keeping current showrunner Scott Gimple in the mix, despite their habit of nixing whomever brings them increasing success. It’s kind of a no-brainer, considering that the season premiere drew 16 million viewers.
In fact, AMC even gets in on the joke in their press release. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more ‘Dead.’”
Question – what’s the endgame for this series? Narratively, does the comic button things up? Or is it just a study of people wandering around until they die?
Airing tomorrow. Sunday, March 31 is the season finale of “The Walking Dead”, episode 316 “Welcome to the Tombs.” I figured this would be as good of an occasion as any to post my interview with star Dallas Roberts who plays Milton Mamet on the show. We talked about the longterm effects of being on “The Walking Dead” and how the cast reacted to switching showrunners from Glen Mazzara to Scott Gimple for the upcoming fourth season.
“In the ongoing third 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 introduced new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.”
The show was recently renewed for its fourth season. Head inside to see if Roberts can talk about it! READ MORE
Season 4 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead“ commences production in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, May 6th. The current Season 3 is a high water mark for the historically spotty show in terms of both ratings and quality, so naturally more than a few folks are curious about the recent decision to replace the responsible showrunner, Glen Mazzara, with Scott M. Gimple (who may be even better – who knows).
Paleyfest, an annual event that offers some pretty great panels and roundtables with cast and creatives from various TV shows, held its “Walking Dead” event this past Friday and, per EW, there were some pretty interesting revelations about Season 4.
Head below to check it out! One thing to be thankful for, Rick will stop hallucinating at some point. READ MORE
AMC’s “The Walking Dead“ returns in February to finish up its third season and will kick things off with 03.09 “The Suicide King”. Now we’ve got a look at a minute-ling trailer for the episode that’s pretty effective in setting the whole thing up.
“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.”
Head inside to check it out! “The Walking Dead” returns on Feb 10th at 9/8C. READ MORE
AMC’s “The Walking Dead“ returns in February to finish up its third season and will kick things off with 03.09 “The Suicide King”. The third promo video for the episode has just surfaced and it looks pretty intense!
In this season’s back-half, “With his group in tatters, his sanity in question, and his own son questioning his every move, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) must somehow pull everyone together to face their greatest challenge — the Governor (David Morrissey). In order to survive, he must risk everything, including the group’s very humanity.”
You’ll also recall that just a month or two back showrunner Glen Mazzara left the program. This news was somewhat disconcerting seeing as he seemed to be one of the folks instrumental in revitalizing the show. Now Variety is reporting that series writer Scott Gimple is in talks to take over. Gimple wrote such episodes as “Hounded” and “18 Miles Out”. He also has a credit on Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance, but who knows how much of that he’s actually responsible for.
Head inside to check out the promo! “The Walking Dead” returns on Feb 10th at 9/8C. READ MORE