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EXCLUSIVE Preview of Season 2 of 'The Walking Dead' (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 1:45PM
The second season of 'The Walking Dead' is full of kittens, puppies and rainbows.

Wait, scratch that -- nobody wants that version of the zombie show when it returns Oct. 16, right? I think we can all agree on that.

If it's staggering zombies and memorable scares you want, allow us to share with you this exclusive trailer from the show's second season, in which things get even worse for the hardy survivors of the zombie apocalypse.

Season 1 was all about setting up the world in which Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors were operating, but in the second season, things take an ever darker turn.

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Adrian Pasdar, Michael Imperioli Join HBO's '40,' Billy Zane Books 'Playboy Club' and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2011 11:40AM
Adrian Pasdar, Michael ImperioliAdrian Pasdar and Michael Imperioli have joined the cast of Doug Ellin's '40.'

The comedy about middle-aged men also stars Ed Burns and Michael Rapaport.

The single-camera comedy follows four lifelong friends as they navigate their 40s. Burns plays a married man and father who used to well-off, but hasn't worked in almost a year. According to Deadline, Rapaport's character is a married "neurotic everyman." 'Sopranos' veteran Imperioli plays a single man who isn't shy about self-promoting and Pasdar will play a Wall Street millionaire.

Susan Misner will play Burns' wife.

In other casting news ...

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'The Walking Dead' Live Talk Show is a Go!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 23rd 2011 6:20AM
'The Walking Dead'AMC has announced that it's launching 'Talking Dead,' a live talk show that will air after new episodes of 'The Walking Dead.'

We know, at first the concept seems a little weird. What to expect from a zombie apocalypse spin-off show? 'Watch What Happens Live With the Undead?' Victim of the week? Tips on getting the most out of a human-only diet? How to nail that head shot?

Joel Stillerman, AMC's SVP original programming, production and digital content said that 'Talking Dead' will be "a kind of live water cooler" for 'Walking Dead' fans. "[They] are incredibly engaged with every aspect of the show," he added.

"They tweet, blog, and post comments in very large numbers, and we wanted to give them an opportunity to interact with the show in a way that they don't currently have."

'Talking Dead' will be hosted by 'Walking Dead' über-fan Chris Hardwick, who said "I pretty much begged for this job."

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Creative Arts Emmys: 'Boardwalk Empire' Leads the Way With 7 Wins, Paltrow and Timberlake Grab Guest Gold

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 11th 2011 10:30AM
The 2011 Emmys got off to an early start Saturday night in Los Angeles, as the Creative Arts portion honored the more behind-the-scenes aspects of TV production like casting, cinematography, makeup and choreography. The Emmys for best guest starring roles and reality TV categories were also awarded.

HBO's Atlantic City prohibition drama 'Boardwalk Empire' led the way with seven wins, including Casting in a Drama Series and Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch' won four Emmys, including both Cinematography and Picture Editing for a Reality Series.

Other highlights included: 'The Walking Dead' got recognized for its awesome zombies, winning for Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Gwyneth Paltrow won the Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy for her role on 'Glee'; and Justin Timberlake scored Best Comedy Guest Actor for 'Saturday Night Live.'

'The Kennedys,' 'Mildred Pierce,' 'SNL' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' took home three statues each.

Check out the complete winners list after the jump, courtesy of Goldderby.com. The Creative Arts Emmys air next Sat., Nov. 17, on Reelz Channel, and the Emmys air live Sun., Sept. 18, 8PM ET/5PM PT on Fox.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Preview: More Action, More Emotion & More Zombies!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:45PM
I was lucky enough to screen the premiere episode of 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 today, and the first words out of my mouth when it ended pretty much say it all: holy sh*t.

Now I was one of the ones on the fence about this show after its way too short first season, and I know a lot of fans are worried about the series being in new hands since Frank Darabont passed the showrunning torch off to Glen Mazzara.



But after seeing the 90-minute premiere (Sun., Oct. 16, 9PM ET on AMC), I can safely say that we can all stop worrying. This is non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, pulse-pounding zombie action and suspense at its best. Now they just have to keep that up for the second season's full 13-episode order ... no biggie.

I caught up with Mazzara and fellow executive producers Gayle Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert to find out more about Season 2's drama, the introduction of new characters Herschel and Maggie, Andrea's eventual evolution and giving back to the fans. Keep reading for more ...

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'The Walking Dead' Gets 90-Minute Premiere, Split Season 2

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:45PM
The Walking Dead'The Walking Dead' Season 2 will premiere with an extra helping of zombies -- and footage. Yep, starting Oct. 16 at 9PM, audiences will get 90 minutes of zombie apocalypse goodness on AMC.

AMC will air six one-hour episodes each week before putting the show on hiatus. It'll return Sun., Feb. 12 in its regular 9PM timeslot. Kevin Smith's new reality show about his comic book store will also debut on Feb. 12.

The 90-minute premiere will also launch globally on all Fox International Channels during the week of Oct. 17-23. 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 will be seen in 122 countries and translated into 35 different languages.

'The Walking Dead' follows a group of survivors including small town police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs), Shane (Jon Bernthal), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Glenn (Steve Yeun). This season the group find a working farm and are joined by guest stars Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

Watch a trailer for Season 2 below.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2: Four Creepy Teasers (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:00PM
The Walking DeadThe air is beginning to cool and the leaves are getting ready to change. Do you know what that means? The return of 'The Walking Dead.'

AMC has released four new 11-second trailers just in time to satiate our hunger for all things zombies. The new teasers feature Glenn, Rick, Andrea and a boatload of zombies.

The clips don't reveal much about the Season 2 plot, but we do know our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors will stumble on a working farm and meet its inhabitants played by Lauren Cohan and Scott Wilson.

Check out the new previews below.

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'Mad,' 'Bad' and 'Walking' Into the Headlines: An AMC Timeline

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 4th 2011 2:00PM
It feels as though AMC's scripted fare has been part of the TV landscape forever, but it's worth noting that Don Draper and 'Mad Men' only arrived on our TV screens four years ago.

As Don well knows, hitting the big time can create its own set of problems. As AMC has dealt with the challenges that success brings, it has endured a roller-coaster ride of conflict and controversy, especially in recent months.

Here's the short version of AMC's recent history, a companion piece to our interview with network President Charlie Collier.

June 25, 2006: The miniseries 'Broken Trail' debuts and garners a very impressive 9.7 million viewers for the channel.

July 19, 2007: 'Mad Men' debuts, goes on to win dozens of awards and reside at or near the top of most critics' yearly Top 10 lists.

Jan. 20, 2008: 'Breaking Bad' debuts, and after an uneven strike-shortened first season, eventually joins 'Mad Men' as one of the most critically acclaimed shows on TV.

Early 2009: In a ritual that would be repeated two years later, negotiations between 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and AMC become public and acrimonious, but he eventually signs on to do Seasons 3 and 4 of the show.

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AMC President Charlie Collier Addresses the 'Breaking Bad' & 'Walking Dead' Controversies

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:50PM
The Walking Dead The AMC network has followed a trajectory not unlike that of Don Draper, the ad man at the center of 'Mad Men.'

AMC's first two dramas, 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad,' have been showered with acclaim, and the network had a huge hit last fall with the zombie chronicle 'The Walking Dead.' But just as Don Draper's image took a hit in the fourth season of 'Mad Men,' AMC has been enduring its own share of troubles during the past year. A timeline of AMC's ups and downs is here, but suffice to say, controversies over of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Killing' make for a change from a few years of glowing coverage of the network's rapid ascent.

Charlie Collier, AMC's president, has a theory on why some of these things are happening this year. In a Thursday interview, he said it's partly due to the fact that the network has "a higher profile" these days. As he noted, AMC has "been in the business a relatively finite amount of time."

Having a higher profile sometimes makes you a bigger target, a fact that Don Draper and 'Breaking Bad's' Walt White know well. AMC is learning that too. As Collier said. "It's very difficult to live at a time where soundbites are perceived to be facts."

In the interest of not just providing soundbites, I asked Collier an array of questions about challenges facing the network -- and some of those big-picture challenges preceded its recent troubles. In the interview below, Collier addressed the ongoing negotiations over 'Breaking Bad's' final season or seasons, talked about 'The Walking Dead' situation and discussed what the network's goals are in the long term.

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'Breaking Bad' in Crisis as Talks Stall Between Producers and AMC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 2nd 2011 5:45AM
'Breaking Bad' Season 4It's been a drama-filled summer off-screen at cable network AMC and now comes news that 'Breaking Bad' is the latest series to run into trouble.

According to 'The Los Angeles Times,' renewal talks for Season 5 of the critically acclaimed drama have reached an impasse after AMC wanted to cut the number of epsiodes from 13 to six or eight.

Last week Sony studios reportedly started shopping the series around, sending feelers out to at least three other cable networks about taking 'Breaking Bad' should an agreement with AMC fall through.

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AMC Comments on 'The Walking Dead' Shakeup (Updated)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 28th 2011 11:35AM
The Walking DeadAfter yesterday's news that 'The Walking Dead' showrunner Frank Darabont had left the hit AMC show and Glen Mazzara would take his place, the network has finally opened up about the shakeup.

AMC released a statement Thursday commenting on the news (UPDATE: see comment from AMC vice president of original programming Joel Stillerman below):

"'The Walking Dead''s Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of 'The Walking Dead' are innumerable.

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Glen Mazzara Named New 'The Walking Dead' Showrunner

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 27th 2011 4:45PM
The Walking Dead Season 2According to Entertainment Weekly, Glen Mazzara has been named the new showrunner of 'The Walking Dead,' replacing Frank Darabont.

Darabont, known for his feature film work, served as director, executive producer and showrunner during the first season of the hit AMC series. News recently broke that Darabont left his post as showrunner and there's no word on what role -- if any -- he will have with the show.

Mazzara, whose credits include 'The Shield' and 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' was hired as executive producer for Season 2.

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Frank Darabont Quits as 'The Walking Dead' Showrunner

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 27th 2011 5:00AM
'The Walking Dead' Season 2 previewNow here's something totally out of leftfield. Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner of 'The Walking Dead.'

Deadline.com reports sources as saying that Darabont, a feature film helmer and multi-Oscar nominee before moving to the small screen, was unaccustomed to the fast pace of TV production, and "never quite adjusted to the daily grind of producing a TV series."

Production recently got underway on Season 2, which is due to premiere on AMC in October. There's been no word yet on whether Darabont, who is also an exec producer on 'The Walking Dead,' will remain on the series in some capacity.

So, why has Darabont quit? Was it because he couldn't take the pace? Or was it because of rumored budget cuts?

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Comic-Con Q&A: The 'Walking Dead' Cast Talks Hotter, Scarier Season 2 (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 23rd 2011 3:15PM
Sarah Wayne Callies, 'The Walking Dead'Season 1 of 'The Walking Dead' was possibly one of the most intense seasons of television to air in a long time. Season 2 (premiering Sun., Oct. 16, 9PM ET on AMC) is over double the episodes, and according to the cast, double the scares and even more emotion.

"The scripts this year are unbelievably good," star Sarah Wayne Callies teased. "I mean, they have just knocked it out of the park."

Plus with character dying and turning into zombies all the time, they've gotten to bring in three new actors: Scott Wilson and Lauren Cohan (familiar with fanboy crowds already from her stints on 'Chuck' and 'Supernatural'), who'll play father and daughter Herschel and Maggie Greene, and Pruitt Taylor Vince who's playing the foreman at Herschel's farm where a lot of the Season 2 action takes place. [Watch a preview here]

We caught up with the cast -- including Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun and Jeffrey DeMunn, as well as executive producer Gale Anne Hurd -- at the mecca of all things zombie, Comic-Con. They dished all about Season 2 drama, the heat (it's hotter than it was last year and there are ticks this season), some good relationships gone bad and romance in the air.

Funny question: Where does one go for a date during a zombie apocalypse? Watch our video interviews to find out.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Date, Trailer Revealed (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2011 3:10PM
The Walking Dead Season 2This October, the zombies will start roaming a bit earlier than last season. 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 kicks off Sun., Oct. 16 at 9PM on AMC.

Season 2 will be 13 episodes, over double Season 1's six-episode run.

Based on the popular comic book by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, the first season of 'The Walking Dead' broke ratings records for AMC, with the premiere episode watched by more than five million viewers and the finale closing out with six million viewers.

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