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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Walking Dead,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Sons of Anarchy' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 1st 2011 3:45PM
It's mostly zombies, dinosaurs and bikers in the latest edition of the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast.

Ryan McGee and I kicked things off by mentioning a few shows that premiere this week ('The Take,' 'Trek Nation' and 'Weed Wars'). By the way, you can find plenty of other notable December specials and such in this post.

We also talked a little about 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' but in a much longer section of the podcast, we discussed the state of genre television and in particular the disappointing first season of 'Terra Nova' and the very uneven second season of 'The Walking Dead.'

Then it was all 'Sons of Anarchy' all the time, as we discussed the latest installment of FX's biker drama. Running times are below.

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Sneak Peek at the Next Episode of 'The Walking Dead' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 28th 2011 8:00AM
For those 'Walking Dead' (Sundays, 9PM ET on AMC) fans who can't bear to wait until February for their next dose of new action, here's a tantalising glimpse of what we can expect when the drama resumes in February.

For most of this season so far the survivors of the zombie apocalypse have been able to rest up and hide out at Hershel's farm. We've already discovered that all is not as it seems in the kindly veterinarian's home, and in this sneak peek at the second half of Season 2 we see both Hershel and Shane act.

For those who haven't yet watched last night's episode, here's a !!SPOILER ALERT!! You might want to come back and watch this later.

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Where Did 'The Walking Dead' Go Wrong? A Few Thoughts on Season 2

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 27th 2011 10:20PM
The Walking Dead Season 2My colleague Mike Ryan is recapping 'The Walking Dead' here, and I highly recommend his weekly reviews, but I thought I'd offer a few thoughts on the show's second season below.

By the second half of 'The Walking Dead's' Sunday mid-season finale, I was actively rooting for the zombies.

Say what you will about the flesh-eaters, they know what they want and they briskly go for it. On an increasingly frustrating show that can't quite decide whether it wants to be a character-driven drama or a well-crafted frightfest, the zombies' lack of ambiguity about what they want has been almost refreshing at times.

I'm guessing it wasn't the intention of the show's writers to make me hope that Rick Grimes' crew would be munched by the undead, but too often this season, the humans on the show have been idiotic, annoying or sanctimonious -- sometimes all three. The time spent on Hershel Greene's farm was often a waste, not just of time but of the relatively sturdy momentum the show had cranked up in its short first season.

It didn't have to be this way. I'm betting the group's rural interlude was, at least in part, supposed to get us to care about the show's characters more deeply. But most of the characters were badly served by increasingly ham-fisted attempts at characterizations that merely repeated information we already had. The final scene of the episode was moving (all hail director Michelle MacLaren), but almost every other development made me want to bite someone myself.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 27th 2011 10:05PM
The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Recap['The Walking Dead' - 'Pretty Much Dead Already']

Hey, zombies are human, too! Well, I guess not, as Shane so eloquently demonstrates with a couple of well placed rounds through the heart. Honestly, why does the voice of reason on this show have to be such an asshole? Yes, Shane has become the voice of reason. And not just because he was 100 percent right about the walkers in the barn being dangerous – I mean, look at the risk Rick and Hershel took while trying to "guide" those two walkers into the barn. But, without Shane, we'd still be watching a show about a group looking for a lost girl in the woods. It took seven episodes to find her. They did find her. At least that's over.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 10:00PM
['The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets']



Somewhat surprisingly, Hershel makes some decent points about keeping a stable of barn zombies. I mean, if it were your loved ones, would you have it in you to kill someone who meant something to you? Even though he or she is still standing up and walking around? Sure, your loved one would now love to eat your thigh, but, still, maybe there is a cure? OK, as we learned at the C.D.C. last season, there's probably not a cure. But I can say that it would totally be my luck that as soon as I made the gut-wrenching decision to end the life of a former-loved-one-walker, the next day a cure would be announced. So, hey, as long as Hershel has enough chickens to feed them... eh, why not keep them around? OK, there's always the chance that they will escape, which would be bad. And I'm sure that will eventually happen, but not this week.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 6th 2011 10:05PM
The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4 Recap['The Walking Dead' - 'Cherokee Rose']

Near the end of the fifth season of 'Three's Company,' there's an episode that centers on Ralph Furley receiving a visit from his niece, Veronica. Now, Veronica, as it turns out, is a very attractive woman who looks nothing at all like Don Knotts. Of course, this means that Jack Tripper is immediately attracted to Veronica, as Jack is wont to being attracted to almost every female to cross his path.

The problem: Ralph Furley, the landlord of Jack's apartment complex, is under the impression that Jack is gay – this is a ruse that Jack maintains (as he did, also, with the prior landlord, Stanley Roper) so that he can cohabitate with his two female roommates, Janet and, at the time of this episode, Cindy. What does Jack do? Jack creates himself a southern twang speaking, cowboy hat wearing twin brother named Austin and uses this new identity to court Veronica – which also somehow completely fools Furley, even though Furley seems to know Jack quite well by this point and Jack has never once mentioned what would be a quite interesting fact that he has a twin brother. Why do I bring up an episode of 'Three's Company' in a recap for 'The Walking Dead'? Because as asinine as that above scenario is, it still makes 100 percent more sense than sending Glenn down a well as live bait for a zombie.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:00PM
The Walking Dead RecapPoor Otis. Before we even begin to delve into Shane's actions to end the episode, there's something else that's been bugging me for now two episodes. Near the middle of last night's episode, when Shane returns to the house with the medical supplies, after explaining that Otis didn't make it (before we knew exactly why Otis didn't make it back), Rick tries to comfort the rest of the group by saying that Otis, "wanted to make it right." Make it right? This pisses me off.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap (VIDEO)

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 23rd 2011 10:01PM
'The Walking Dead'['The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets']

So ... for as much as I enjoyed the slow pace of last week's episode, especially when contrasted to the ridiculousness of the end of last season, I have to say: OK, I get it. This isn't last season. We're taking it slow!

So, yes, Sophia is still lost in the woods. And the group is still looking for her. There's your recap, folks! Hope you enjoyed it!

Kidding. And that's not to say that I don't like what's going on. I mean, yes, Carl was shot, so now we have a missing child and an injured child. It's all about the children! (Also, is it wrong that I keep wanting to refer to Carl as Bran?)

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Watch All Six 'The Walking Dead' Webisodes Here

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 18th 2011 3:30PM
Do you remember, during the first season of 'The Walking Dead,' that half-torso walker that Rick Grimes stumbled upon? You know, the one that you actually felt a little empathy for because there was something that still felt a little human about her?

Have you lost sleep wondering how she became this way? Well, aren't YOU lucky. Now, through the magic of Internet video (scientists call these "webisodes"), you now have the opportunity to learn just how this happened.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Ratings Make Cable History

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 3:25PM
The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere Ratings'The Walking Dead' Season 2 premiere ratings are scary good. More than 7 million viewers watched the second season premiere of AMC's zombie hit.

According to AMC, the premiere was the "strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history." The episode had 4.8 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, 4.2 million viewers in 25-54 and a total of 7.3 million.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 17th 2011 11:30AM
The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere RecapI like 'The Walking Dead' again. This comes after not liking 'The Walking Dead' at the end of last season (which I harped on way too much over at Vanity Fair last season) after really liking 'The Walking Dead' when it premiered. But, you see, I still feel a bit burned from last season's debacle. What started as a nuanced and (somewhat) realistic approach to an outbreak that left most of the population of Earth as non-sentient monsters, quickly deteriorated into absolute nonsense. Look, say what you will about 'Lost,' but at least its plot point about a mysterious bunker played out over the course of more than an entire season. 'The Walking Dead' decided to pull off its version of The Hatch (no joke, I really feel the Center for Disease Control was a ripoff of The Hatch -- way more on that right here) – from its discovery to its destruction – in two episodes. It's as if the same virus from the plot of 'The Walking Dead' somehow infected the show itself. (And, as we know, that virus claimed some causalities.) Regardless, whatever the problems were at the end of the last season ... I'm, cautiously, giving the second season another chance. And after watching last night's episode ... I'm, cautiously, optimistic.

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Andrea is Trapped by a Zombie on 'The Walking Dead' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 4:00AM
'The Walking Dead' season premiere - 'What Lies Ahead'As much as 'The Walking Dead' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC) is only going to work if it's about the characters and their stories, the fact that we are given reasons to care about them makes the zombie scares that much more compelling.

Then there's the fact that sometimes it's just cool to be stuck on the edge of your seat wondering if and how they're going to get out of this latest mess. Fans of the Robert Kirkman comic book series, and even this show, know that not everyone always gets away, which makes these moments even more intense.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Reactions: The Producers Tease What's Next

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 16th 2011 10:01PM
Holy sh*t! 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 premiereSo ... what'd you think of 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 premiere? Do you agree with my earlier expletive-laced assessment?

Yeah, you don't even have to answer that. Just wow.

Now that you've seen what everyone's been talking about, here are a few season premiere reactions from the show's new boss Glen Mazzara and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert.

Warning: Major Season 2 premiere spoilers ahead!

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' Doesn't Break Its Stride in Season 2

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 14th 2011 12:15PM
'The Walking Dead' (9PM ET Sunday, AMC) went through a lot of public controversy over the summer when executive producer Frank Darabont abruptly left and his second-in-command, Glen Mazzara, was appointed showrunner. The good news is, you wouldn't know any of that from watching the show.

In the first two episodes of the drama's second season, scares are efficiently dispensed, the action moves along briskly and there are credible attempts to make the survivors of a zombie apocalypse more than a collection of types.

The bottom line is, if you liked the what the show was dishing out in its first season -- genre storytelling made with admirable restraint and economy, except for those jump-out-of-your-seat scary/gross moments -- you're likely to enjoy what you see in season 2.

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Check Out 'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln in His First Big TV Role

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 14th 2011 8:00AM
Andrew LincolnBefore Andrew Lincoln hit the big time in the U.S. starring in 'The Walking Dead' as zombie apocalypse survivor and committed family guy Rick Grimes, he was famous to a generation of British fans who knew him simply as "Egg."

Lincoln played the sensitive and conflicted Edgar Cooke, a.k.a. Egg, in the critically acclaimed mid-'90s BBC drama, 'This Life.' Set in South London, the series followed the trials and tribulations of a houseful of 20-something college graduates as they embarked on their fledgling legal careers.

'This Life' became notorious for its portrayal of hard-working, hard-partying young professionals and its liberal heapings of sex, drugs and booze, all played out against a Portishead soundtrack.

After the jump, check out Lincoln in 'This Life.' (And yes, there is some Portishead.)

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