Posts tagged The Walking Dead
Wow – what a year it’s been. You know a TV year has been great when it’s hard to select just ten terrific shows for an end of the year list. I could easily have added The Americans, The Following, Modern Family and Mr Selfridge to this list. But in the end here’s my 10 faves of the year…
And nope I don’t watch Breaking Bad. I think that one’s had more than its fair share of coverage already!
Apologies for the lack of new postings here at Remote Patrolled recently. I’ve been crazy busy on a trio of new network projects which I’ll hopefully be able to talk about very soon! What it does mean is that I’m knee deep in scripts and shooting at the moment. But being busy is definitely a good thing – so no complaints here!
Anyway back to business. As you may have read this week it looks like AMC ratings powerhouse The Walking Dead is on the verge of gaining a spin off in the near future, another zombie series following a fresh group of survivors in a totally different setting.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of news of an upcoming Breaking Bad spin off. And the trend is likely to continue as cable networks adopt the model of the broadcast networks who have been spinning off shows for years (NCIS, CSI, Law and Order, Private Practice, to name just a few). But are spin off shows really a good idea – or do they just dilute your brand?
Is it just me or do the same old shows and people keep getting the same endless praise time and again! I mean seriously – do the like of Homeland, Girls and Community need any more critical awards, magazine articles or think pieces! And how boring is it to see the likes of Damian Lewis, Julianne Margulies and Jon Hamm receiving awards time and again (however deserving they may be!)
Fact is there are scene-stealers all over our screens – and many of them don’t get the praise they deserve. So here’s 5 actors I think deserve a little extra credit. Many of them aren’t the main stars of their respective shows – but all punch above their weight and add a little extra oomph to their series.
Do you agree – and who would you add to the list? Comment away…
We’re now well into the third season of AMC’s zombie blockbuster, The Walking Dead, and boy, what a season it’s been so far! Each episode has felt like a season finale and we’ve already had plenty of shockers along the way. All of which adds up to one seriously terrific show.
But the influence of The Walking Dead goes deeper than just an entertaining TV series. The AMC series is actually changing TV is some pretty interesting ways.
Here’s 3 examples:
Cable TV Is Bigger Than Broadcast: When Season 3 of the Walking Dead launched in mid-October the show pulled in 10.87 million viewers – the highest rating ever for a cable series – and enough to put the show firmly in the Broadcast Top 20. That said The Walking Dead is still beaten by shows like NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and The Voice in total viewers.
Okay – but then look at the demo number. All advertisers care about is adults 18-49. It’s how ad rates are gauged and it’s how networks make money. These demos are far more important that total viewers which frankly don’t really matter all that much. Having millions of people 50+ watching your show More >
Yes, it’s that time of the year again where I pick my top shows of the last 12 months. Many shows – New Girl, The Borgias, Homeland, Nurse Jackie – almost made the list. But in the end there could be only 10… here they are!
REVENGE: There were shows this year with better writing, better directing and better acting. But NOTHING on our screens in 2011 was as ridiculously entertaining as Revenge, the season’s most surprising new hit.
Who would have thought that the primetime soap opera would make a comeback in 2011 and that its story of rich people receiving their comeuppance would seem quite so timely. Revenge has been perfectly played since episode one – hooking us into Emily Thorne’s grand plans to avenge herself on the Grayson family – led by the wonderfully icy matriarch Victoria (Madeline Stowe).
But Revenge has also done a wonderful job of surrounding Emily with a series of equally gripping storylines. There’s grasping social climber Tyler who’s gradually becoming more and more unhinged, bisexual billionaire Nolan who helps fund Emily’s schemes, reformed party boy Daniel who may be the key to Emily’s undoing and the Poison Ivy-like Amanda who’s out to cause a whole heap More >
Okay – now it all makes sense!
After a somewhat painful second ‘season’ (I know, we’re only halfway through), where at times it felt as though we the viewers were half dead ourselves, The Walking Dead roared back to life last night with one of the show’s best ever episodes – and an amazing finale scene.
You know the sequence in question – the final five minutes of the Fall season finale in which our team of survivors, led by the increasingly hardened Shane, released the Walkers in the barn and shot them dead in front of an aghast Hershel. But it was the final touching shot of long lost Sophia exiting the barn that carried the most power. Though we barely knew her as a character, it was shocking to watch Rick shoot the bewildered Sophia in the head, casting a whole new light on the Season 2 episodes so far.
(BE WARNED – SPOILERS ALERT)
Okay everyone – how are you all finding season 2 of The Walking Dead?
We’re only 3 episodes into the new season and already the AMC zombie series has given us some great, memorable moments. I loved the ‘herd’ scene in Episode 1, the shock ending in the same episode – and of course Episode 3’s OMG revelation of what happened on Shane’s trip to the zombie infested school (more on that scene in a moment!)
But I’m afraid I do have one pretty big criticism of the season so far – and I have a feeling quite a few of you out there are feeling the same way. Is it just me or has Season 2 been really TALKY so far?
Now I don’t mind slow paced shows. You’ve all heard me raving about Mad Men here on the site and that isn’t exactly a zippy show. And Homeland, which I’m also following at the moment, is also a pretty slow series. But for me, The Walking Dead has crossed over and actually become a tad – dare I say it – boring at times!
Yep, it’s been a good few days since I last mentioned my favorite zombie drama epic – so I didn’t want you all to be getting withdrawal symptoms!
The trailer was unveiled at Comic Con today and is pretty darn fantastic. I love the hiding-under-the-cars sequence – although wouldn’t the zombies be able to sniff the humans out? Still it’s terrific, dramatic stuff and looks to me like this is a key scene from episode one.
Today we also learned that The Walking Dead is getting an earlier time slot – 9pm EST – and will be launching a couple of weeks earlier than last year, 16th October rather than Halloween. Still too far away though…
Anyway here’s the trailer – take a look and start sending over your comments! (more…)
Now this is exciting!
Check out the first sneak peek for the return of AMC’s fantastic zombie series in the Fall.
Regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I was a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead‘s first season – which at just 6 episodes was far too short.
Thankfully this second go around ups the ante to 13 episodes which means the show won’t be over before it’s even begun!
Filming started in June and my instinct is that AMC will premiere the new season Halloween which worked wonders for the series first time around.
This trailer doesn’t reveal much – but it’s super stylish and very cool, featuring Matrix style slow mo bullets (an effect I normally hate since it’s so overused)
But what do you think? Are you excited for The Walking Dead season 2… (more…)
Wow – how fantastic was last night’s Walking Dead...?
If week one of the new AMC zombie series was good, this follow up episode was GREAT. Seriously, this was one of the best hours of TV of the year, as Officer Rick and assorted survivors (including a racist skinhead played by perennial bad guy Michael Rooker) found themselves trapped in a department store in downtown Atlanta and surrounded by hungry zombies.
The whole episode bristled with tension and played out like a mini movie – not surprising since The Walking Dead has such a cinematic feel. Plus the show also gave us a truly memorable – and shocking – scene as Rick and new cast member Glenn smeared themselves with zombie blood and guts in order to ‘disguise’ themselves out on the streets. It was a pretty revolting scene and certainly pushed the TV envelope – but it also made perfect sense within the world of the show. And how tense was it seeing the two human characters out among the walkers who sniffed and hovered around them, ready to strike at any moment…
And then it started to rain…
Fantastic scene, fantastic show… already The Walking Dead is more consistent, tense and believable More >