AMC LAUNCHES NEWEST ORIGINAL DRAMA “THE WALKING DEAD” WITH A 90-MINUTE PREMIERE EPISODE ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 10PM Series Stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn and others Written, Directed and Executive-Produced by Frank Darabont, Executive Produced by Gale Anne Hurd New York, NY – August 2010 – AMC's newest original series, “The Walking Dead,” will premiere on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31 at 10 PM ET. The Sunday night series will debut with a 90-minute premiere episode, airing at 10 PM, October 31st. Subsequent episodes will be one-hour long presentations. In conjunction with the announcement, today AMC released a four and a half-minute trailer, previewing the series, as was seen at this year’s Comicon. The trailer can be viewed on www.amctv.com. The series will premiere during AMC's Fearfest, the network's annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films. Fearfest is celebrating its 14th year by airing 14 consecutive days of themed programming with more than 50 films. “The Walking Dead” is AMC's first wholly-owned original series. “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The six-episode series tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (“Love Actually,” “Teachers,” “Strike Back”), traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” “The Ghost Writer”) plays Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, Shane Walsh, and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”), is Rick's wife, Lori. Supporting cast include Laurie Holden (“The Shield”), Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun. Three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile”) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Chairwoman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator,” “Aliens,” “Armageddon,” “The Incredible Hulk”), creator of the original comic series, Robert Kirkman, and David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serve as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (“Dexter,” “The Shield,” “Dark Angel”) and Jack LoGiudice (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Resurrection Blvd”) are Co-Executive Producer. About AMC AMC reigns as the only network to ever win the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama three years in a row and the only basic cable network to win back-to-back Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade from the most comprehensive library or creating acclaimed original productions, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include the Emmy® Award-winning dramas “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” and insightful non-scripted programming such as “AMC News.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 95 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST
I got wood.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST
...is not nearly enough.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST
That's what I call spooky, folks. I felt a chill go down my spine.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
or TOP STORIES even! That trailer was AWESOME and I almost missed it. Also, I'd rework the headline to include something like, "OVER 4 MINUTE WALKING DEAD TRAILER". You know, give it some Ballyhoo. Alive! Alive! Alive! It's all Alive Inside!
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST
...I will be parked on my couch and will leave my porch lights off. Fuck off, kids!
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST
by The Snob
I can't wait to see the show, but till then check out my live action tribute to the series!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln-1FdHkVgo
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST
Zombies? Who likes zombies? They're just slow dead people. And it's based on a comic book? Who reads comic books anymore? They're just books with stupid pictures. Sounds shit. It's no Lost. That was EPIC.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST
...snag some decent zombie films to show before the premiere that day. The original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (which I watch every Halloween anyway) would be great.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST
AMC must have zero confidence that the show will be a hit or attract a mainstream audience...6 episodes is nothing more then an extended movie...even mini-series' are longer...guess we better enjoy it as there's no way this will get another 'Season'
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST
...and his name is Rick fucking Grimes. The sound you just heard was Rick's hand axe cleaving Don Draper's skull in two.
Aug. 24, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST
Six episode first season isn't an indication of not having faith more than it is an indication of testing the waters. I'm thinkful for 6 episodes at all, as there is a wealth of stuff they're going to eventually be able to do with the show if WE WATCH THE SHOW AND MAKE IT POPULAR. It's all on us now.
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST
or is it too much to expect american audiences to buy a black man with an english accent?
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST
used his accent on "Human Target", which no one watched...so yet it's probably too much to expect from American audiences. Is he a series regular?
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST
...in making Survival of the Dead. On the other hand,I had to praise Frank Darabont for adding yet another show to my usual torrents.
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST
"or is it too much to expect american audiences to buy a black man with an english accent?" It is too much to expect, given that the slave trade was abolished many years ago.
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST
Including a narrated version of the comic.
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST
Having a promising new show to look forward to is all good to me, despite the low first season episode order. Fingers crossed that the show is actually good, and that people will support it enough for it to continue.
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST
Mad Men and Breaking Bad don't get very high ratings yet they are in no danger of getting cancelled...AMC is almost like HBO in that ratings don't matter as much...The Wire lasted for years with terrible ratings...commercial success doesn't matter as much as critical success on certain networks...that's why cable is king...a really good show stands a much lower chance of getting cancelled despite poor ratings
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST
It has already been renewed for season 2 guys.
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST
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Aug. 24, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST
was going to be Zombies this year.....now I have to wrap it up early to watch this.....SO MUCH WIN!
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST
Unless this is the greatest thing since oral sex, I may pass...
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST
Man how crap were the 90s and early 2000s compared to now. Even this fall, between this, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter coming back for S5, and then Game of Thrones next year, TV is spraying a beautiful golden shower all over me!<br><br>..I think that came out wrong.
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST
The production values and all that good stuff seem fine and that matters. But the lone cowboy-ish hero searching for his wife and kid is so incredibly cliche. Almost anything would have been preferable to that, a slacker 21 year old hero, a middle aged guy, a milf, whatever.
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST
Your words reminded me on this past weekend. Something went very very wrong.
Aug. 24, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
I'm basing this on the comics, but the Walking Dead world is so fucking horrible, no other type of hero could survive it in a believable way. Rick looses a lot more than he wins. Not to mention the setup drastically changes very quickly (in the first episode I guess) from a "wondering hero looking for his family" to something a lot more unique and unexpected. Also: fuck slacker 21 year old heroes.
Aug. 24, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST
Was only seven episodes, and it's more balls to the wall now than ever, going into season 4... if anybody even remembers to watch it since it'll be a WHOLE YEAR before they air a new episode.
Aug. 24, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST
Than 6 great stories mixed in with 18 filler episodes. If the quality is there, I can forgive the short seasons.
Aug. 24, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST
The key word in "21-year old slacker heroes" is "slacker". Your average slacker is probably great at photoshop or blogging, but not quite as good as Ky cop with a gun or surviving a fight. I, for one, am glad to see a horror-series / film where the main character isn't some whiny slacker.
Aug. 24, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST
If you haven't had the time or motivation to read the comic, then try to hold your opinions about this show until it comes out. This is NOT your typical zombie story. The zombies are the backdrop for what living people will do for and to each other in different circumstances. If the show lives up to the comic and the previews they've shown so far then watch out. You're gonna wish they had made less than 6 episodes becuase of the intensity.
Aug. 24, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST
Can't they add on episodes if it takes off? It'd be bad ass if they do each trade paperback over 6 episodes. That would mean the current amount of trades would equal six episodes. Seriously, this show is going to kick so much ass. If they somehow get nuanced performances from this ensemble there is no reason to think this won't be included on the short list of shows that just can not be missed. It would be awesome if someone stood out in the show enough to get an Emmy award. It'd be huge for the genre to be taken seriously. People shouldn't judge this show based on the fact that its a comic book with zombies. If you haven't checked this out yet or don't read comics, see if they have it at your local library and check it out.
Aug. 24, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST
I can't wait to see it!
Aug. 24, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST
I'm positive when the show gets to the Governor/Woodbury Arc, more than a few Emmy Noms/Awards will be awarded
Aug. 24, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST
...a Dark Tower vibe from all this? For some reason it hit me while watching that preview.. AMC should be the ones to finally bring The Dark Tower series to the screen. They tried and failed with The Prisoner, now it looks like they have something good with Walking Dead, maybe if that's a success they wouldn't mind another adaptation?
Aug. 24, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST
is having to wait forever for the next season to start up! That will be truly painful.
Aug. 24, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST
Hes a lone hero for all of about 2 issues of the comic, so no worries. Trust me, you have NEVER seen anything like Rick Grimes if they are true at all to the comic, he is the hardest of the hardcore. He makes Dirty Harry look like a cross dressing NAMBLA president.
Aug. 24, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
Cant say for the show, but the comic IS the best thing since oral sex. Widely considered by fans to be the single best comic of the 2000's. That first 15 issues or so is amongst the greatest 15 issue runs I've ever read of any comic, and I've been readin em for 30 years.
Aug. 24, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST
5 MINUTES OF THOR FOOTAGE AT SERIOUSISSUES.NET
Aug. 24, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST
Yes I was a big fan of teachers. Have the DVD box set and seeing Andrew Lincoln with an american accent is wierd. His voice/accent is cool.
Aug. 24, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST
I've read and been entertained by the entire run of Walking Dead so far, but I really hope the show doesn't stick too close to the comic's story. I'd much rather be surprised by what's to come than to have the whole thing already outlined from having read the series.
Aug. 24, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST
HOWEVER, it's still very entertaining and worth your time, especially when the characters aren't navel gazing and are actually actively dealing with their horrific situation.
Aug. 24, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST
Aug. 24, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST
Now I have to put up with trick or treaters while I'm trying to watch the premiere.
Aug. 24, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST
I just can't see them doing the Governer story line. Just too... ya know.
Aug. 24, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST
Of course they will do the Governor storyline, the question is merely what will they leave out or hint at instead of actually show.
Aug. 24, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST
Aug. 24, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST
It seemed rather same old-same old, warmed over Romero stuff to me. When they threw in the soap opera subplot with the main character's wife having the fling with the partner while the protagonist was still missing and presumed dead, I tuned out completely.
Aug. 24, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST
Did no one see the suckfest that was The Mist?
Aug. 24, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
That ridiculous shot in the trailer of dude riding a horse down an empty freeway while the other side of the freeway is packed with cars almost cost them my viewership. What kind of fucking idiot did that shot? Obviously, the implication is that all the people were trying to get out of the city and no one was trying to get in. But the thing is, in an emergency, BOTH sides of the freeway would be full of OUTBOUND cars. Please review New Orleans with Katrina and Houston with what-the-fuck ever. They open up BOTH sides of the freeway to OUTBOUND traffic when a city has to be evacuated. And even if the authorities didn't do it, any fucking moron with half a fucking brain (which discounts whoever did that FX shot) who was trapped in that traffic jam on the OUTBOUND side would jet the fuck over to the entirely empty INBOUND side and make like the fucking Bandit, eastbound and down.
Aug. 24, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST
That is all.
Aug. 24, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST
Because the comic book source material is the most widely beloved comic of the decade.
Aug. 24, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST
You know what else seems like warmed-over Romero? Anything Romero has actually done over the past 30 years. You actually read those first 6 issues and tuned out? First for everything, I guess.
Aug. 24, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST
I've got to see this!
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST
best series of the '00s is a bit of a stretch. The Tony Moore art in Vol. 1 spoiled me in a way that I've never truly gotten over (sorry, Charlie Adlard) and, while Kirkman can write story, often fantastically, he has a lot of problems with dialogue. Characters seem to weirdly overreact on occasion (Adlard seems to love drawing the characters in exaggerated, open-mouthed yells, which doesn't help), and a lot of the wording is just downright clunky. If I have to hear one more character say "we could really build a life here..." That said, I love the books, and this trailer is fucking great.
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST
by Sir Loin
Right on, great observation. I thought the same thing. That whole other side of the highway's completely vacant. Many films & shows have shown a variation of that oversight, it does indeed get old.
Aug. 25, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST
Just when I think I have reached the final basement of AICN nerdling nit picking somebody, like yourself, comes along and digs another sub-basement.<p>Are seriously proposing skipping/not enjoying a TV show that has the potential to be very good becasue they recreated a panel from the comic strip that is used as a visual shorthand for flight?<p>By the way that scene was in the first or second issue of the funny book circa 2003. Which if you're unsure is BEFORE Katrina. If you are talking about the hurricane that hit Houston, I think you are talking about Ike, that was in 2008. Note both were AFTER that image was drawn for the funny book.<p>Christ on a crutch man if you're going to let something as trivial as the nit you're picking lessen you're enjoyment you might want to stop watching all movies and TV.<p> By the way you know Zombies aren't real right? That might might be the biggest nit pick of all that you missed.
Aug. 25, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST
I'll have to catch it on demand.
Aug. 25, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST
I bet it lasts two seasons.
Aug. 25, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST
by Norm Cascade
I haven't read the comics, though. I wonder if I should just wait for the show, or finally get around to reading them.
Aug. 25, 2010, 5:08 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric
Aug. 25, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST
If you do, it ain't little Suzy and Billy from down the street. It's their 16 year old brother who threw together a costume at approximately 9:55 in the hopes of cleaning up on all of the inevitable leftover candy because parents are too paranoid to let their kids trick or treat anymore. Most city ordinances (if they even still allow trick or treating) are lights out at 8 pm anyway.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST
These days, a Halloween premeire is the equivalent of buying a risky show that the network's not very confident about. Halloween is the second most popular holiday after Christmas. People go out to participate in the festivities and any media that begins on that date traditionally tanks. See Kevin Smith's recent "Zach & Miri" debacle. Yes, there were other marketing errors that contributed to "Zach & Miri's" paltry opening, but the Halloween weekend debut, when everyone is out at the costume parties at the bars or visiting the local plywood monster maze is one sure way to limit your audience. A 6 episode order and a shitty premeire date do not speak well of AMC's confidence level in the material.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST
Darabont has some of the biggest cajones in Hollywood.<br> <br>
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST
I'm not convinced they'd address that in Season 1. Not sure they should at all, as it was a little "Thunderdome"esque. Caused me to start to tune out. The resolution of the Governor storyline concluded my taste for the story. Frankly, I'm sorry I read that far.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST
Kirkman has already said that this season will conclude with the resolution to the Shane storyline. They are going to end episode 6 on that one, just to blow everyone's mind a little.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST
Yeah, Adlard and his characters who all look the same sucks. It sucks even more to have to hear Kirkman consistently defend him in an overcompensating manner. I misspoke a bit in saying it was the best series of the 2000's (although that argument could be made), but its in the conversation. What i MEANT to say is its the most LOVED comic of the 2000's, who has read Walking Dead and DIDNT love it? There are a select few naysayers I suppose, but not many.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST
and I peed a little. Oct 31st can't get here fast enough.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
its probably going both way because you have people who are trying to get INTO the cities to save their family/friends while people who have already done that are on their way out. The government military people aren't going to be holding a barricade to keep traffic going one way once shit really hits the fan.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST
Wonder if he'll talk out of his decomposing arse.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST
He does become a regular at a point in the comic but not before he really goes through some awful shit. I'm not going to spoil it and I'm not sure if they will use it; but there is a scene in the house with him and his son that's chilling. There is a level of despair and desparation the permeates the comic. It will be interesting to see if that feeling translates on television. I think Durubont touch on it at the end of The Mist.
Aug. 25, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST
and I'll admit I haven't read the comic but part of the premise is a complete rip off of 28 Days Later.
Aug. 25, 2010, 9 a.m. CST
If I didn't know better, that trailer music would COMPLETELY put me off the show. Horrible selections! I also agree with Geekhatersuck that the intro premise is a rip off on 28 Days Later.
Aug. 25, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST
Finally, quality comes to zombies...far exceeding Romero's horrible string of failed garbage. Can't wait!
Aug. 25, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST
Rubicon is awesome....such a good show... Maybe the military was using the inbound lanes to bring supplies and vehicles into the city shortly after the outbreak....leaving fleeing families from using the lanes.....
Aug. 25, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
Dude wakes up in a hospital... been done guys!
Aug. 25, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
That car's a bloody classic!!
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST
i only got through a year of forgettable issues, but can anyone confirm if the comic REALLY aped 28 days later this badly? i love every piece that makes up this project (Darrabont, AMC, actors, Kirkman, etc), but this preview looks pretty awful
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST
Ok. I guess no one can say that anything zombie related hasn't already been done before by Romero and Co. but if this show lives up to the comic, I don't think many viewers are going to say that it's ever been done as good. Romero did his thing over the years but I don't think he ever created characters like Robert Kirkman does and put them in situations where the only solutions are all impossible for a sane human being to make and still be able to function afterwards. Probably every plot device that anyone can come up with has already been done. The big question is can Kirkman, Darabont and AMC put something on the screen that's going to keep people coming back for more. Anyone who wants to pick apart traffic patterns and zombie biology are better off watching something (anything) else.
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
According to Kirkman, the comic was written before 28 Days Later was released, but not published until after the movie. He opted to stick with his original opening despite the movie. Aside from that, waking up from a coma is a great way to drop the main character (and the audience) into the zombie situation without bothering with the by-now-cliche outbreak set-up. <p>Now, to all you negative nellies prognosticating about the AMC's supposed low confidence in the show: you might want to stop groping your crystal balls for a second and get your facts straight. Yes, the first season is only 6 episodes; that decision was made pre-pilot. Based on how much the network liked the pilot they have already ordered a second season. As for this business about "debut on a holiday = no confidence," um... it's HALLOWEEN plus a show about ZOMBIES debuting during the network's yearly HORROR-THEMED MARATHON. This is called marketing.
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
He said he actually wrote/conceptualized that beginning before he saw the film but apologized for the similarities. <p> I would say WD is much different than 28 days later in isn't a big bag of suck.
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST
i'm so bored of videos being restricted to the states and i can never find a proxy that actually works. why oh why people.
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
What he said!
Aug. 25, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST
You already read the comic, and like at least 7 other people nationwide, didnt like it. The show is based on the comic. Therefore, safe to say, your going to hate the show. Dont watch it. See? Simple!
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST
Some of you people have no clue. Not one fucking clue. Even if you don't like The Walking Dead (or zombies, for that matter), we are incredibly lucky that this TV show even exists.
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST
There's alot of zombie fiction out there, but very little of it is quality. But based on the people involved, I'm extremely excited about this.
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
At HBO the ratings matter because they need to continue to keep subscribers. It is why Entourage is finally calling it quits because the ratings have declined sharply. <P>AMC on the other hand keeps Mad Men and Breaking Bad on the air because they are super critically acclaimed. Their ratings are low, but they keep the shows going because they bring critical attention to the network. But don't think they don't want a show where the ratings justify the attention and acclaim they get. <P>I think this show will actually do very well. Especially since a lot of genre shows have gone away from the air. This has the potential to be their biggest hit.
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
"28 Days Later" ripped off "The Stand". Also "28 Days Later" was not scary at all.
Aug. 25, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
And where, on Halloween night, do you think the 18-35 crowd for whom "The Walking Dead" was made will actually be? Sitting on their asses in front of AMC, watching the tube, or out swilling cheap liquor at a local bar wearing naughty nurse and cowboy costumes? If the show were to air on any other Sunday night in October, I'd say it was a marketing coup. But Halloween is a serious draw *AWAY* from this particular AMC premiere. The holiday will significantly impact those premiere numbers, which will then cause a downward cascade effect on the ratings. This show would struggle on a regular Sunday night to survive. On Halloween night, when there are so many other social distractions of which its intended audience will partake, that struggle turns immediately deadly. We'll be lucky to see Season 2 because of this terrible choice of premiere nights.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
My guess would be: at home, like any other night. <br>If you're referring to the key advertising demo in general, I think you overestimate A) the number of people older than 15 who go out on Halloween night, B) the importance of the first-run premiere, and C) AMC's interest in the younger demographic. I'd be willing to bet Rubicon, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad are not huge with the key demo yet AMC seems pleased with them. Plenty of people would rather stay at home and watch scary movies on Halloween and that's clearly who they're targeting with this gimmick - and I think it's important to stress that this is a gimmick. <p>Also, ever hear of reruns? DVR? VCR? There's absolutely no reason to be completely doom-and-gloom about the series' prospects 2 months before it even begins. AMC is clearly not scared of the older audience, not bothered by low Nielsen numbers (look at the ratings on Mad Men versus the critical attention attention it receives, then ask yourself how, say, Fox would react to those numbers, bearing in mind Arrested Developments ratings vs. acclaim), and based on the fact that they've already committed to a second season, they're not afraid to let a series grow an audience. <p>I honestly don't know if The Walking Dead will be a long-term hit (I suspect the "zombie craze" still has legs enough to make it AMC's highest-rated show, which isn't saying much) but it is way too early to be sounding the death knell (pardon the pun) for this series.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST
...now we get the same setup but with REAL ZOMBIES. The way God intended them to be. Not leopard-like infected, but lumbering undead. <p>I don't care about the similar opening. That sort of setup never gets old for me, and the rest of this looks incredible. <p>Bring it ON! Talkbackers, lick the undead taint of Dom Deloise and expire.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST
no sound since I'm in school but it looks so awesome! I can't wait till october! I got the last saw coming, dark days(30 days of night sequel) and THE WALKING DEAD!!!!!!!!!!! XD
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST
I always liked the stories better that showed the outbreak from the beginning, vs. dropping you into the middle or aftermath. It's fascinating to watch society crumble, and see ordinary people in the first stages of dealing with an extraordinary situation.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST
And gruntybear is a nutjob. Milk and cookies, beer and brats, peanut butter and jelly, and fucking Halloween and zombies, for christ sake. Who cares if people are out partying that night? Anyone interested will either DVR it or catch the inevitable encore presentation at 11:30, or any of the many other reruns that are sure to air. ALSO, Halloween on Sunday night means everyone already partied their asses of the night before, i.e. SATURDAY. So far more people will be home Sunday night, nursing their hangovers and getting ready for work the next day, and far fewer will be out partying, than you seem to think. People 18-35 have jobs, too. There will be no "downward cascade effect on the ratings" (what the hell are you, a fucking marketer for Nielsen?); if people miss the premiere they'll catch it during the week and be waiting for the next installment the following Sunday.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST
I am not going to criticize it to prop up The Walking Dead. TWD doesn't need to be proped up. It's fantastic on it's own. So far what I've seen makes me believe they are going to do this material justice. The 28 Days Later comparison are silly though. Besides the fact that they're no zombies in 28 Days Later, the c oncept of waking up to a world change is nothing new and has been done on the Twilight Zone for example. Have any of you ever seen the movie, The Quiet Earth? What kind of nerds are you people?
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST
Not only will people be getting ready for work, but Halloween will be all but wrapped up, porch lights will be off, trick or treaters will be in bed, and most people will be settling in front of their tv's for a relaxing night after a hectic weekend, while still in the Halloween spirit. I think airing this on Halloween night is brilliant.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST
but falls on Sunday this year- its not a real holiday like the 4th of July where you get the following Monday off if Sunday is the actual date. People will be winding down, getting ready for work on Monday and the Trick or Treaters are done- they have school the next day. On a side note, Halloween should be the last Saturday in October- no matter what the date- trick or treators could stay out longer and adults could party all night.
Aug. 25, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
They had no time to change the setup.
Aug. 25, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST
It never matters the day of October 31... the parties will happen on that Saturday regardless. I'll be setting the old DVR for this though, can't wait.
Aug. 25, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST
More people will view the show. If Halloween were on a Friday or Saturday, to be honest I'd be at a party. Most be would be out and partying at night, so Sunday is a great time. On Sunday nights, I'm usually winding down and watching tv before going to be.
Aug. 25, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST
For those flipping out about the 6 episode thing, calm down. Breaking Bad's first season was only 7 episodes. Contrary to popular belief, that was not because of the writer's strike - the creator, Vince Gilligan, specifically said AMC ordered a truncated first season. Also, Walking Dead was given 6 episodes without a pilot.
Aug. 25, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST
ratings don't matter as much for HBO...Entourage actually proves my point as the show lasted forever with poor ratings...they are cancelling it now only because they want to take it to the big screen!!...The Wire lasted for years as well with piss poor ratings...it's more about quality then ratings at HBO etc
Aug. 25, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST
someone has to say it: Romero is a low talent hack who struck gold w/ NoLD and now can't imagine that his continued fits of social "criticism" are no longer entertaining, relevant, or remotely creative. In sum, he has become sort of an uber zombie, wandering about the filmworld mindlessly peddling new gimmicks and trying to gnaw on the ever-shrinking amount of attention people are willing to pay him. Thank you.
Aug. 25, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST
Too bad I don't have cable...
Aug. 25, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST
Oh yes, the first time I heard a black man speak with an English accent I went into a coma for six months. My poor American psyche just couldn't take the shock. Thank you so much for bringing this sensitive issue to light. I admire your bravery.
Aug. 25, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST
Since that's the night AMC runs it's original programming and anybody that is interested in the show and Halloween would have done the party thing Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Aug. 25, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST
Nice call on The Quiet Earth... one of my faves. I wish Criterion (or someone) would do a proper blu ray/dvd release for it. I was lucky enough to find a copy of the soundtrack online a while back.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST
Your declaration about seeing the outbreak makes me wish we could get a big screen version Stephen King's Cell. I actually like the Walking Dead taking place in the aftermath.
Aug. 25, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST
I agree, those who grew up with him have an overly rosy, nostalgia-influenced view of his talents or lack thereof. The man hasnt made a movie that was even remotely competent in 30+ years. Oh, and the Dawn of the Dead remake was an outstanding horror film in its own right and never got the respect it deserved from fanboys.
Aug. 25, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST
the only similarity with 28 days is the opening. Yes, it's basically the same, but who cares, where the story goes more than makes up for it. As for Romero, he's the grandaddy of all this, he redesigned the zombie in our collective consciousness and created a horror genre that works. That doesn't mean that he's the only one who gets to play. Kirkman has commented on how he grew up with the romero movies, loved them, but always wanted to see the story that happens AFTER the credits roll. After the flight, after the fight for survival, once the dread settles in and you realize that the world is gone, and that running and bare survival is your life now. he wanted to explore in depth, and over time, what would happen to the survivors. No one has done this before, not really, certainly not Romero. The book fucking kills. I hope the show does too.
Aug. 25, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST
So i see some folks saying this will tank because because people will be at halloween parties?...Are you thick? Ive already reconstructed my party this year into a viewing party for this!! Its perfect,,A zombie themed get together, classic zombie flicks till the show starts, then cap off the night with what will be an amazing show! p.s. sorry for the previous post fuck up.. im new here
Aug. 25, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST
Is it worth it? I like King's writing, but I always get frustrated with his endings.
Aug. 25, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST
then no. No you would not consider it worth it. It's got a very cop out ambiguous ending a la most of his books. I still found it highly entertaining.
Aug. 26, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST
OMG, SO MUCH. He's more than overdue for American stardom and I hope this does it for him. I've loved him since his days on the great UK angst-fest This Life and he's really grown as an actor if the trailer for this show is any indication. He could be as huge as Hugh Laurie - I hope he will be, anyway. And this series looks great.
Aug. 26, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST
<p>by Mr. Profit Aug 25th, 2010 12:26:29 PM</p> <p>Also "28 Days Later" was not scary at all.</p> <p>Unless you have a daughter named Hannah. Then...it's unsettling.</p>
Aug. 26, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
I'm proposing that *I* might have been swayed by a "shorthand" " recreat[ion of] a panel from the comic strip that is used as a visual shorthand for flight" because it stood out to me as 1) retarded, 2) something that anyone with a fucking brain would know as retarded. (Which I guess leaves you out, right?) Therefore, it occurred to me that if NO ONE on that show caught that that made no sense, 3) the rest of the show has a chance to be shite as well so I might want to avoid it.<p>See, let me help you understand. You're watching a movie. It's set in 1867. Sailors on a ship discover another ship completely empty, abandoned on the open seas. As they search the ship, they find tiny little signs that whatever happened was abrupt - meals still cooking on stoves (or whatever), food on tables, a book on a bed propped open, a TV left on - playing to an empty room. Wait?!?!? What?!?!?! A TV left on in 1867?!?!? Well, that don't make no sense!!! Ah, but according to the Xiphos School of Logic, it's only "TV shorthand" and should be ignored, right? I mean, so what if it makes no sense. So much so that it literally jerks you out of the show. Just ignore it. La-di-da.<p>I'm glad that the scene was in the comic. Whoopee! Good for that scene. Yay for the writer or artist! It still makes no sense there. You know why?<p>Katrina (and I'm not UNSURE, but fuck you very much) occurred afterwards, but even a braindead fucking moron like yourself should know that Katrina was an EXAMPLE. I also mentioned Houston and what-the-fuck-ever. Here, let me help. Did they have internet in 2003? Or was that too long ago? Type in "evacuation lane reversals" and see what YOU get in a Google search. Plenty of fucking hits, that's what.<p>Additionally, even if there was no plan or anything, SOME FUCKING BODY would've jumped over there and used that side, "shorthand" or not.<p>And, let me also add, any show that finds ME so stupid that I won't "get it" unless they show ONLY one side of a freeway with outbound traffic, a show that thinks I'm too stupid to understand if BOTH sides of the freeway have outbound cars, one that feels it's necessary to "shorthand" it, insults my fucking intelligence from the get-go.<p>Do I know zombies aren't real? Go fuck yourself, man. Just fucking shoot yourself in the head and die.<p>The biggest nit of all to pick? Nah, man, the only nit I give a shit now is why you're still breathing air.<p>You still get back to Phoenix much? Here's hoping you crash and burn on the way. ;-)<p>All that having been said, I'll definitely tune in to "Walking Dead." Until about the third time they decide that I'm too stupid to figure out something like cars on BOTH sides of a freeway. Something that they have to "shorthand" for me 'cause it was "in the comic" which was "set in 2003" which was, apparently, before anybody had any of them there new-fangled ideas about fancy, big city "lane reversals" during an evacuation. Or, hell, way back in 2003 which was even before people stuck in a fucking traffic jam realized that they could use the other COMPLETELY EMPTY SIDE to get the fuck out before motherfucking zombies ate 'em.<p>A lame defense like that ("shorthand?" "'cause it was in the comic?") makes me think you'd drown in a fucking car that went into a lake, windows down, 'cause you couldn't get the doors opened. Idiot.
Aug. 26, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
Where people trapped in a house with open windows and zombies about to eat 'em die because the front door won't open.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST
of the last few years. Tremendous story telling, really intense character development and happenings. Rick Grimes is the man! Like most great zombie movies, the Walking Dead is really about man's inhumanity to man. I personally think it's better than any Zombie movie of the last 40 years and I've seen most of them! ;)
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST
I always thought of 28 days later as a virus outbreak movie not so much as a zombie movie.
Aug. 26, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST
i think i generally try to keep a more open mind than a lot of purists and genre fans, be it zombie, comics, or otherwise. plus you never know how differently a property translates from medium to medium (see: hellboy). as i said, i like Kirkman, i love Darabont, AMC makes my favorite show right now (breaking bad), so i have HOPE, and trust a lot of the other fans of the series love for the project. ditto on 28 Days transcending pure "zombie" film, and double ditto that Romero hasn't struck gold in decades.
Aug. 26, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST
Paints himself as an Epic Douche, who's points, while arguably valid, are lost in a self-absorbed fit of epic douchbaggery. This is why nerds get beat up, for that annoying 'I'm so much smarter than you, idiot' attitude.
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST
AMC ordered 6 episodes without seeing a pilot. That means they DO have faith in the material. Halloween on a Sunday is the best night to premiere it I would think (considering it's only 6 episodes). Assuming Darabont doesn't try to pull any of that nonsense he pulled with THE MIST's finale this should work out well... but what a complete waste of a moderately good film to go with such a pathetic excuse for a "shock" ending. Blechhh, vomit. I never bought that ending and I can't believe people called it "daring" -- and to hear Stephen King thought it was better than his own eerie and ambiguous ending of his novella was just depressing.
Aug. 27, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
What with your douche guzzling ways. Oh and cocksucking, too. Nobody said anybody was "smarter than" anybody else and I ain't the only motherfucker that noticed it, you fucking cunt maggot. And self-absorbed? Where the fuck do you get that, moron? What self-absorbed thing did I say? Goddamn, you are as big a fucking idiot as RPLocke and Hobocode! Seriously, do you even know what fucking "self-absorbed" means? 'Cause self-absorbed sure-as-shit ain't pointing out an inconsistent point of ill-logic.<p>I made one fucking observation about a fucking trailer (for a show that I'll be watching at that) and for this I get this bunch of fucking jizz gargling bullshit from you and Xiphos?!?!?!? For a fucking observation?!?!?!? Please, for the sake of humanity, go eat a bottle of sleeping pills, go into your garage, turn on your car, and just go to sleep. Please?
Aug. 27, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST
Too many TV series have a good pilot and good finale separated by a whole bunch of mediocre filler episodes where nothing really happens. The "mini-series" format means there won't be any time available for "character" or "funny" episodes. It's gonna be balls-to-the-wall action where every episode is important to the central plot!
Sept. 1, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST
apparently, The Walking Dead has already been given a second season: http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=28804 ... and this one will have 13 episodes (hopefully none of them "mediocre filler", Mr Warren Smooth)
Sept. 1, 2010, 9 a.m. CST
in case that last link didn't work, go here: http://www.imdb.com/news/ni4089669/