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David Morrissey and Michael Cudlitz Discuss Their ‘Walking Dead’ Memories at Rhode Island Comic Con Panel

One positive aspect of dying on The Walking Dead is that you get to attend panels at conventions where you don’t have to worry about spoilers or speculation about your future character arc.  Because of this, Michael Cudlitz and David Morrissey seemed right at home discussing their involvement in the show and stories that fans may not have been privy to during their seasons on AMC’s flagship program at the annual Rhode Island Comic Con.

Many questions from the panel were asked directly by fans, and one subject that came up more than once was Abraham’s dramatic death at the hands of Negan. read more

AMC Networks CEO Thinks ‘The Walking Dead’ Can Continue for Decades

A lot of fans haven’t been happy with the direction that The Walking Dead has taken in its eight season, but don’t tell AMC CEO Josh Sapan.

The CEO was bullish about the continued health of The Walking Dead during a conference call with Wall Street analysts today, stating that the series and franchise are “in great shape and the people who are managing that great shape are motivated.”

Sapan went so far as to suggest that The Walking Dead may run for decades to come, saying that “We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.” read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Viewership Drops to Lowest Ratings Since Season 2

We reported last week that AMC’s The Walking Dead Season Eight premiere ratings hit a 5-year low. Unfortunately, this season’s second episode viewership isn’t looking any more promising. Forbes reports that Sunday’s episode pulled 8.92 million viewers. While the number is impressive by any standard for contemporary scripted television, the series hasn’t seen such a small number since its Season Two finale.

3.54 million more people tuned in for last year’s sophomore episode. In fact, the last time the viewership for a second episode dipped below 10 million was five years ago, when Season Three drew 9.55 million viewers (still higher than Sunday’s performance). Forbes’ describes the show’s performance more bluntly: read more

‘Preacher’ Renewed for Season Three

According to executive producer Seth Rogen, AMC’s Preacher will return for a third season in 2018.

Rogen tweeted out the following announcement on his official twitter account yesterday:

For those of you that need to catch up on Preacher Season Two, the Blu-ray set will be released on November 14th.  Critics reacted to season two very favorably (90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but the ratings did dip a bit from the first season.  The first season averaged well over 3 million total viewers while the second season brought in an average somewhere in the range of 2.5 million viewers. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Premiere Ratings Hit a 5-Year Low

Season Eight of The Walking Dead premiered last night to fewer viewers than it’s been used to gathering in recent years. THR reports that early Nielsen numbers show that 11.4 million viewers tuned in to last night’s episode, 6.5 of which who were adults aged 18-49. This represents a 43% drop in total viewership from last year’s premiere, which drew 17 million viewers on the date of the premiere. Such opening numbers have not been seen by the series since Season 3.

While Season Eight garnered interest by promoting its popular characters and the debut of its 100th episode on television, it simply could not compete with Season Seven’s promised resolution to the tacky cliffhanger ending of Season Six. The cliffhanger phenomenon makes it difficult to compare the premieres of both seasons, as some viewers likely tuned in simply to find out who Negan whacked at the start of Season Seven. Regardless, the show has been hitting nearly impossible numbers of the years, and it was only a matter of time that they began to slip a little. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Sue AMC Networks over Failure to Pay Fair Market Value

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it looks like AMC is getting sued again, and this time The Walking Dead’s original producer Frank Darabont is not the plaintiff!

This time around, the current production team of Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara, and David Alpert “…maintain AMC has failed to pay fair market value in the license fee for the series because the show is produced by its in-house AMC Studios arm.”   The lawsuit includes the trinity of AMC’s The Walking Dead stable:  The original program, Fear the Walking Dead, and even Talking Dead. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Signs Overall Deal with Amazon Studios

According to Deadline, the creator of the Walking Dead Robert Kirkman has just signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios and “Under the pact, Kirkman and Skybound will develop television projects for Prime Video. Skybound’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon projects in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert.”

Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series, at Amazon Studios praised Kirkman, calling him “…a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries.  Robert and the team at Skybound are some of the most innovative and fearless creatives in the business. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video.” read more

AMC Announces ‘Shock Theater’ and ‘Wicked West’ Anthologies and Eli Roth’s ‘History of Horror’

AMC was busy at the annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour, announcing over a dozen new series and specials, and many of them are sure to be of interest to horror fans including the scripted horror anthology Shock Theater from Greg Nicotero, Blumhouse’s Wicked West “true tales” anthology, and AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

Shock Theater is described in the official press release as throw-back to classic Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits where “…each episode will be a brand-new sci-fi horror tale in the style of the B movie classics.”  Nicotero will serve as the director and producer of the new series. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Mid-Season 3 Trailers Debut at Comic-Con

The Walking Dead season 8 and Fear the Walking Dead mid-season 3 trailers debuted today at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

The Walking Dead trailer is over five minutes long and contains more explosions than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Commando.   It also has an odd (dream?) sequence at the end that has to be seen to be believed.

For those looking for a little more nuanced story-telling, Fear the Walking Dead’s tension-filled trailer shows some real trouble ahead for the occupants of Broke Jaw Ranch. read more

David Cronenberg’s Debut Novel ‘Consumed’ is Being Developed as a TV Series at AMC

Deadline is reporting today that David Cronenberg’s debut novel Consumed is being developed into a TV series at AMC.

Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) will team “…with Lucifer executive producer Sheri Elwood to develop the novel as an hourlong drama series for AMC, where Erickson is under an overall deal.  Erickson and Elwood will executive produce with Cronenberg, who also may direct. Cronenberg’s longtime collaborator Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point, which produced Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, will also executive produce.” read more