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Different Walking Dead Producers Say Violence Was NOT Toned Down After Season Seven Fan Backlash

Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd Says Violence Was Toned Down After Season Seven Fan Backlash

The Walking Dead’s Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd says that the level of violence was toned down after fans reacted negatively to the double skull-bashing season seven premiere.  Variety reported that Hurd spoke to the press at the NAPTE Conference and made clear that decisions were made after the October 23rd premiere to move away from explicit violence.

Hurd said ““We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence. We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.”  She went on to say that, “This is not a show that is torture porn,” and reitirated that “we don’t cross that line.”  

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The Walking Dead Prepare for War in New Teaser Photos

The mid-season synopsis as well as some teaser pics were released today for “The Walking Dead.” Fans of both the original comic as well as fans of only the show will be happy to hear that the “second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.”

This sounds a lot like the “All Out War” storyline from the comics that has Rick (Andrew Lincoln) leading troops to attack Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) on his own turf. Expect to see Rick and the others doing their best (and worst) to convince others to join them in this fight to take back control of their lives. “The Walking Dead” returns Sunday, February 12.

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Minnesota State Patrol: Don’t Drink & Drive… Watch The Walking Dead Instead!

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is a treacherous time to be out on the road. Drunk drivers could easily turn even the safest driver’s day into a real-life horror movie. The Minnesota State Patrol took to Facebook on January 1st to suggest a better alternative to driving in an unsafe state… watch The Walking Dead:

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Stranger Things Receives Three Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Earlier this week, Horror News Network reported that Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things had been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. The good news continues today with the announcement that Stranger Things  has also been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards!

The show has been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,” and both Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown have been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.”

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan to Return in The Walking Dead Season 8

In news that should surprise no one, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed during a recent Howard Stern interview that he will be returning as the controversial character, Negan, in Season Eight of AMC’s The Walking Dead. This news was further confirmed in a Yahoo News interview with showrunner, Scott Gimple. In it, Gimple confirms that the show plans to explore Negan’s backstory:

“I do believe yes, it’s in the future. You know, I’m always careful about this, [because] things can absolutely change. There’s a loose plan in place I have.”

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SyFy’s “Z Nation” Gets the Green Light for Season 4

With the Season 3 finale set to air on December 16th, SyFy made the announcement that fans of Z Nation can expect another 13 episodes to come their way in 2017.

For a show that was once considered just a “cash-in” on the popularity of AMC’s hit The Walking DeadZ Nation has turned into a solid performer for the NBC Universal-owned company and according to The Hollywood Reporter, is among the 10 most watched scripted series on cable television.

Fans of the show tend to like the shows’ honesty; Z Nation doesn’t take itself too seriously and the folks who have become disenfranchised with that other, more “serious” zombie television show, can tune to SyFy to watch a zombie horde get mauled by a giant wheel of cheese.

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The Walking Dead is Suffering the Steepest Ratings Fall Ever

Entertainment Weekly reports that AMC’s The Walking Dead is suffering from some ratings problems. They write:

“AMC’s mega-hit fell sharply after its seventh season premiere last month, and has declined steadily each week since to mark the steepest ratings fall in the show’s history. In fact, Sunday’s fifth episode of the season delivered the show’s lowest viewership since season 3.”

It should be noted that “the higher you rise, the farther you fall.” While fans have been gobbling up anything related to the franchise over the past few years, recent episodes have aired content that has divided the fan community. Season 7’s controversial premiere had the second highest number of viewers per episode in the show’s history; so a fall towards more typical numbers would naturally look more significant. Also, some viewers were bound to stop tuning in after its season finale cliffhanger gimmick had been resolved.

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TWD’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan Nominated for Critics’ Choice Award

The Walking Dead super-villain Negan may soon be lugging some new hardware that will make even Lucille jealous.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays the charismatic skull-crusher on the hit AMC series, was nominated for “Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards.  After the nomination was announced, Morgan’s network employers tweeted out their support, complete with a baseball bat emoji.
Since first appearing in the final episode of season 6, Morgan’s character Negan has literally taken the undead world by storm.   Bashing brains and taking names (and Daryls), Morgan has portrayed the role with a brilliant sense of charm and cruelty, effectively blurring the lines between the television and comic versions of the Saviors’ leader.  The Broadcast Film Critics Association & the Broadcast Television Journalists Association obviously agree, as on November 14th they placed Morgan in the same company as Hollywood heavyweights Ellen Burstyn (House of Cards), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), and Jared Harris (The Crown).
The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on A&E live on December 11 at 8PM ET (5 PM PT.)  Good luck to Mr. Morgan!

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DVD & Blu-ray Releases: November 1, 2016

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: November 1, 2016

This week’s releases includes The Walking Dead: Season 6 Limited Edition, Daylight’s End (starring horror veteran Lance Henriksen), along with the IFC Midnight release Carnage Park. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.

The Walking Dead: Season 6 Limited Edition [Blu-ray]

Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Synopsis: Season Six starts with Alexandria’s safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors hardness while many of Rick’s people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they’ve needed to embrace. These reversals won’t happen easily, or without conflict.

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