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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

‘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’ Season 8 Episode One: The Horror News Network Review

Like many original fans of the Walking Dead, I have problems with the current direction of the show and left Season 7 with little hope for salvation in Season 8.  My review of Season 7 was far from complimentary and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attempt another one, especially for a television program that was once a nuanced, engaging story and that has now devolved into an explosion-filled mess.

I originally planned on skipping this review, but my HNN colleague John Evans recommended that I use the same stream of consciousness method that I applied to American Horror Story: Cult earlier this fall. read more

Robert Kirkman Announces a ‘Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead’ Crossover

Robert Kirkman announced an upcoming Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead crossover at New York Comic Con this weekend.

Many fans have speculated about a potential crossover (and some of the logistical problems since Fear the Walking Dead is set a few years earlier than the original) ever since the spin-off debuted, but nothing had been confirmed until now.

As far as details go, Kirkman was not too forthcoming, saying only that “I get that question all the time. I think that we’ve finally gotten to a place with Fear the Walking Dead where it has its own identity…there are two Walking Dead shows, I’m not going to name them, but there are two…There is one character that is going to go from one show that will go from one show and appear in the other show, that I will not name.” read more

Andrew Lincoln Considers a Rick Grimes-less ‘Walking Dead’

EW reporter Dalton Ross recently speculated what The Walking Dead would be like without titular character Rick Grimes.  It appears that Andrew Linclon and Robert Kirkman have also considered it.

Ross spoke to Lincoln recently, and he told Ross that “I was talking to James Badge Dale about acting, and we were just talking about completing stories.  I think that there’s an innate feeling and certainly in me that I love doing a play or doing the film because you get to put a period on the end of it and you get to do it nightly, which is really exciting. TV is different. The format is different because it is about sort of a continuum. But, you know, there is a sense to me that really needs some… it sounds like I’m in a shrink’s head, but there is a completion thing that I think I deserve for doing it for so long. And also probably the audience would like some completion.” 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

Buy / Wait / Rent: August 2017 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of August 2017! 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