Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride secure their Walking Dead future with cushy deals

Given the events of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, which we’ll at least go a few sentences before spoiling, longtime featured players Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride (Daryl and Carol) have suddenly found themselves significantly more valuable to AMC’s zombie franchise than they had been in the past.…

Peak TV is reportedly making it way more dangerous for stuntpeople to do their jobs

When we talk about the current glut of cable, streaming, and network television options—often summarized with the John Landgraf-penned nickname “Peak TV”—it’s usually from the perspective of consumers and curators. It can, after all, be bewildering, frustrating, and sometimes just plain exhausting to deal with the…

In one of its better episodes, The Walking Dead makes the case for a reckoning 

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“Warning Signs” accomplished what precious few episodes of The Walking Dead have done since about roughly mid-way through season four: It got me excited about what’s going to happen next. For the past several years, The Walking Dead has been, at least for me, a put it on while cleaning the house kind of show. The…

The Walking Dead shows that it can be a smart, nuanced series (when it wants to be)

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In the first scene of “The Bridge,” Rick Grimes rhapsodizes about the brightness of the future with his quintessential corniness. “We’re not fighting to survive,” Rick tells some unseen figure (though, of course, we know exactly who he’s talking to). His face is half-shadowed, a clear allusion to the dark past he’s…

The Walking Dead just had its worst-rated premiere in series history

The Walking Dead aired its ninth season premiere this weekend, with the aging series’ attempts at forging a new path under incoming showrunner Angela Kang being relatively well received—at least, by those who actually saw it. That’s a number that’s dropping faster than a side character’s chances of survival after a…

The Walking Dead will keep shambling along forever, either as new shows or spin-off movies

In news that seems like a perfect metaphor for a zombie show, AMC has teased that it’s working on a plan to keep The Walking Dead going—in one form or another—forever. That comes from Bloomberg, which says AMC is talking with “several large media companies” about plans to keep The Walking Dead brand alive for “another…

The Road, A Quiet Place, and the golden age of prepper pop culture

It first hit me during A Quiet Place, as John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s fictional kids quietly played a board game by firelight on a reclaimed wood table, a vertical garden growing out of planters on the wall. I had noticed earlier how nicely Krasinski stayed dressed in the film’s post-apocalypse, in unfussy but…

Norman Reedus is being very sweet about his best bud Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead

After eight years of shooting zombies, shooting people, and finding ever-new ways of shouting “Cahrull!”, Andrew Lincoln is finally getting ready to leave The Walking Dead. But while there’s already been a lot of talk about how the loss of its acting anchor is likely to affect the long-running AMC series, we’ve all…

Today's extra-large Trailer Happy Hour will catch you up on all the Comic-Con TV trailers that you've missed

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where not all trailers are created equal. But even if not every promo or teaser—especially for TV—has the clout to make it at Comic-Con’s big Hall H, we still love them all, and pledge to gather them together in one safe place for you to conveniently devour. (That metaphor got away…

AMC names Yvette Nicole Brown as interim guest host for Talking Dead

AMC’s struggles to figure out what to do with its various Chris Hardwick-branded properties took another little step forward today, with Deadline reporting that Yvette Nicole Brown—who previously agreed to step in to handle Hardwick’s upcoming Comic-Con duties in the wake of implied allegations of abuse made in a Medium post

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