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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

AMC Releases Poster Artwork and Premiere Date for Season 8 of ‘The Walking Dead’

In celebration of the kickoff of this summer’s San Diego Comic Con, AMC released new promotional artwork for both of its popular The Walking Dead franchises. The artwork for Season Eight of The Walking Dead reveals that the show will return to the airwaves on October 22nd, 2017… just in time for Halloween! The episode will also mark the 100th episode of the series. You can view the entire image by clicking the header above this article.

In addition to the Season Eight reveal, AMC has released special poster artwork for Fear The Walking Dead, which will return with new episodes on September 10th, 2017. You can view the image below: read more

‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Attached to Horror Project for AMC Streaming Service, Shudder

Patty Jenkins, the critically-acclaimed director of Monster and Wonder Woman is attached to an upcoming horror project for AMC’s horror/thriller/suspense streaming service, Shudder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins will work on a project entitled Riprore.

This announcement comes with the incredible news surrounding the critical success and financial performance of Wonder Woman. The film is currently the third highest critically rated superhero film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. It also dominated the box office this weekend, quickly becoming the highest grossing movie opening ever directed by a woman. Better yet, recent returns show the film will have legs at the multiplex… it earned nearly $12 million on Monday alone. To put that into perspective, Doctor Strange (another origin film for a superhero character) earned about $6 million on it’s first Monday at the box office, and just a couple of weeks ago Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 earned $9.8 million on it’s first Monday. This kind of critical and financial performance will undoubtedly make Jenkins one of the most in-demand directors working in Hollywood… which makes it all the more exciting that she will be returning to the kind of dark content she is known for with 2003’s Monster! read more

AMC Introduces Fear The Walking Dead Season Three Antagonist Through 80’s Style Infomercial

AMC has released a 1980’s style infomercial that introduces viewers to Fear the Walking Dead Season Three’s villain Russell Otto (portrayed by Dayton Callie).

The video profiles the “…founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn’t anticipate the rise of the dead.”

Fear the Walking Dead returns this weekend (June 4th at 9:00 p.m.) with two back-to-back episodes and  according to the official press release “The first half of the AMC Studios production will consist of eight episodes airing over six weeks, with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday 4 June and a mid-season finale of two back-to-back episodes airing on 9 July.”  The series will return for its second half in late August or September. read more

AMC Developing Series Based on NOS4A2

Fans of the supernatural horror thriller NOS4A2 may soon see the pages of the popular novel come to life on the small screen.  According to Deadline, AMC has opened writers’ rooms for three projects being earmarked for straight-to-series orders and the book by Joe Hill is reportedly one of them. Fear the Walking Dead‘s Jami O’Brien has been tapped to executive produce the series, who will also employ Hill in the same capacity.  Though no further details have been provided, this is a positive sign for those awaiting an adaptation of the 2013 best-seller. read more

AMC to Create Talking Dead Pop Culture Spinoff Show Featuring Chris Hardwick

AMC has good news for pop culture fans who like watching shows about people talking about watching shows! The network is aware of the tremendous popularity of Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead, a show that reflects on individual episodes of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, and it plans to expand the format to all of pop culture.

Variety reports that AMC plans to expand the series so that it can run episodes of the hour long show on Sunday nights at 11:00pm even when everyone’s favorite zombie show is off the air. Entitled simply, Talking, the show will feature pop culture guests who are not necessarily related to The Walking Dead universe. The plan is to air Talking Dead when a Walking Dead show is running new episodes, and to air Talking when there are no new Walking Dead episodes airing. read more

The Walking Dead Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere Draws 15.9 Million Viewers

AMC released the Neilsen Live+3 ratings for the mid-season return of The Walking Dead Season Seven via a press release today and reported a total of 15.9 million viewers for the episode.  This is a substantial increase over the most recent season seven episodes, which averaged just over 10.5 million viewers.

Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. stated that,“Whether you consider The Walking Dead a survivor or an empire, it is gratifying to see the show return with such a big bang, and not just in theory – ratings increases from December’s finale in an environment in which growth, when measured and reported, can feel like something of a stranger thing.” read more

The Walking Dead Season Seven Mid-Season Review

If The Walking Dead’s Season Seven tag-line was “We’re just Getting Started”, my question is: when is this season going to actually start?

After a brutal first episode (and an even longer “Who Shot J.R.?” cliff hanger to end season six), I thought that the show would begin doing what in the past it did best: making viewers feel connected to Rick Grimes’ “band of brothers” and bringing real drama into the lives of the survivors that allowed for character development and real (not contrived) drama.  So far, this season has been one long first episode, hitting the same notes that were abundantly displayed in Season Six’s final episode and this season’s first.    read more