Articles for The Walking Dead Season 1

"You know about the dead people, right? ... Not the ones they put down. The walkers," says one of the survivors in AMC‘s new series The Walking Dead.Ahhhhhh!!! The zombies are coming! The zombies are coming! More specifically, they‘re coming to The Walking Dead on the most perfect of zombie show premiere dates: Halloween.The show is executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont of The Shawshank Redemption, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Robert Kirkman‘s and stars Andrew Lincoln of Love Actually as Rick Grimes, a police officer who wakes up in the hospital after being shot in the line of duty, only to find the world is plagued with zombies. The shock! The horror!  Read more »
Move over vampires and werewolves, it‘s time for zombies to get their time in the TV spotlight. AMC‘s new zombie apocalypse drama, The Walking Dead, is shaping up to be the "can‘t miss" new series of the year. Even if you‘re typically not a fan of the brain-craving flesh-eaters, there‘s still a safe chance you‘ll want to tune in to The Walking Dead.The show takes place in the wake of a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors as they try to do whatever it takes to stay alive in a world run by zombies. Our hero is Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln,  a police officer determined to reunite with his family, zombies be damned. Read more »
Holiday themed episodes are one of TV‘s oldest and best traditions. And if you‘re a fan of TV (that‘s why you‘re here of course) then you know that Halloween themed episodes are a great way to get in the spirit of season and gear up for the big night. So lock the doors, get out the candy, and prepare to be spooked because it‘s that time of year again where our favorite TV shows treat (or trick) us with Halloween themed episodes. With All Hallows‘ Eve right around the corner we‘ve rounded up a motley list of TV shows that will be airing haunting episodes and channels that will be celebrating all month long. Take a look at the list of upcoming Halloween episodes and see if your favorite show has anything creepy planned. Read more »
If you‘ve seen one zombie movie, you‘ve probably seen them all. The premise is simple: A man goes on a journey to find his family and/or a safe haven from the zombie scourge, encountering undead trouble along the way. AMC‘s new series The Walking Dead follows the same script.  Read more »
The Walking Dead premiered this past Sunday, breaking AMC‘s previous premiere ratings record and quickly becoming one of the most talked about shows of the fall among horror and non-horror TV fans alike. My fellow BuddyTV buddy John Kubicek reviewed the pilot (and didn‘t exactly love it, for reasons you can read here) and boy, were some people mad that he didn‘t like it! So mad they could eat his brains, I bet! But let‘s all remember that he is allowed to not like it, for whatever reasons he wants. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, because taste, art, subjectivity, America, freedom, bald eagles flying over fruited plains, etc. Bloody zombie TV shows are not going to be for everyone. (Though, judging from the ratings, they are for quite a lot of us.) That‘s why God gave us opposable thumbs: So we can change the channel! (And rule the world.)I bring this up because, speaking of opinions: I loved the Walking Dead pilot. Loved it! I‘m not what you‘d call a horror fan, being of the cover your eyes and wait until it‘s over persuasion when it comes to intense gore. But I found the episode, "Days Gone Bye," to be a masterful work of storytelling, pacing and suspense, and one of the most enticing first episodes I‘ve seen in a while--made even more impressive by the apparent limitations of its genre.  Read more »
The Walking Dead rose for its second installment on AMC last night, and this morning AMC announced that the series, a hit with fans and critics so far, will get a second season. Clearly not anticipating that the zombie show would break their ratings records, AMC originally ordered only six episodes for an especially slim season 1. Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes. No premiere date has been set yet.But, like the survivors on the series, we‘d best focus on matters at hand than try to look too far into the future. And there‘s plenty to discuss from last night‘s episode, the aptly named "Guts."  Read more »
Ah, Thanksgiving. The time of year when we gather together to stuff ourselves -- and a turkey -- silly and slip into tryptophan-induced comas with our pants unbuttoned. Oh yeah, and give thanks! Well, having gorged on television all year long, we here at BuddyTV would like to express our gratitude for the things we‘re most thankful for this year on TV.So heat up some cider, pause the DVR and dig into what our writers are thanking their lucky TV stars for:  Read more »
Today‘s big buzz about The Walking Dead comes from Deadline, which reports that executive producer Frank Darabont has sent his entire writing staff walking before starting in on season 2. It‘s an odd, early, and potentially dangerous move for the young AMC series, which certainly hasn‘t suffered in the ratings for any writing issues. Many fans have commented that the move may be the right one, given their misgivings about the show‘s early storyline issues. (Which, I‘d argue, are too early in the show‘s history to so harshly judge, and are mostly outshined by the show‘s brilliant action sequences and special effects.) But will Darabont‘s hint that he may hire various freelancers to work with him on season 2 do anything to help pacing problems or inconsistent characterization? I clearly have no idea how The Walking Dead writers room operates, but the decision is puzzling to say the least. I hope Darabont knows what he‘s doing, because this clip from next week‘s Walking Dead season 1 finale has me excited for the finale, and for where the series might be heading in season 2, whenever it comes. Grimes and crew are now inside the CDC with that scientist guy (whom I remember and refer to as Jim Carrey‘s friend in The Truman Show), and the discussion turns to brains. Not eating them. Studying them. WATCH: Read more »
My usual day-after Walking Dead piece, in which I document the grossest moments of the hour, isn‘t exactly relevant to last night‘s finale, the clean, clinical and almost zombie-less "TS-19." Yes, we are all heartbroken about the loss of another Grossest Moments slideshow, but we will get through this together. Like Grimes said, there is always hope.But once Grimes and gang entered the Hatch CDC for their all-important hot showers and brainscan-lessons, was there really hope for last night‘s episode as an exciting finale to the (too-short) first season of The Walking Dead? Nope. Nah. Not really. Sorry. As far as "final episodes of my new favorite zombie apocalypse TV show, The Walking Dead" go, this one was definitely my least favorite so far. It had its moments, but it was mostly, as Glenn would say, "such a buzzkill, man."If you haven‘t watched "TS-19," stop reading now, because I‘m about to spoiler all over the place. Read more »
This year shows like Glee, Modern Family, Breaking Bad and Dexter are sure to get a boatload of nominations, but what surprises are in store? I‘m going out on a very far limb with some of my bolder predictions this year, hoping that the Golden Globes will truly recognize some of the less obvious choices.  Read more »
This morning the Golden Glode Award nominations were announced, and the TV side featured some truly outrageous nominations. While shows like Glee and 30 Rock picked up many expected nominations, who could‘ve seen someone like Scott Caan getting nominated for Hawaii Five-0? Or Piper Perabo for USA‘s Covert Affairs?The Golden Globes also gave love to new shows like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and The Big C. Read more »
TNT has released a trailer for its new show, Falling Skies, set to premiere in the summer of 2011. With Steven Spielberg as an executive producer, Noah Wyle as the star and hordes of bloodthirsty aliens as enemies, there‘s a good chance that TNT has a hit on its hands.But how original is Falling Skies? Could it be just the first in a potentially long line of shows trying to recreate the success of The Walking Dead?  Read more »
After barreling onto AMC‘s schedule with a brief but explosive six-episode run this fall, The Walking Dead felt more like a mini-series or "television event" than the first season of a show hoping and angling for a years-long cable presence. That‘s not to say that season 1 ended cleanly--quite the opposite. But we had just gotten going, and then, as suddenly as the outbreak began, it was over.Though we will have to wait until next fall to see the answers to all the questions posed by the season 1 finale, "TS-19," The Walking Dead cast and crew want you to know: They‘ve got big ideas for season 2, and they intend to answer those questions. At least, in the long run. And they do hope for a long run.Check out this video of the cast, crew and Robert Kirkman, executive producer and creator of the original graphic novel series, as they talk about where The Walking Dead could go next.  Read more »
It was a big night for Glee as members of the foreign press kicked off awards season with the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.The Fox musical series was named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical for a second year in a row, with Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch taking home Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire was named Best TV Series - Drama, with Steve Buscemi named Best Actor - Drama. Katey Sagal was finally recognized as Best Actress - Drama for her work in FX‘s Sons of Anarchy, while Jim Parsons and Laura Linney were similarly feted.The Facebook drama The Social Network emerged as the big winner on the film front, winning four awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama and honors for director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin. The quirky comedy The Kids Are All Right went home with two awards, including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress - Drama for Black Swan, while The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took nods for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.The nominees for this year‘s major awards are listed below, with the winners in bold. The full list of winners can be found here. Read more »
The shows being featured at this year‘s Paley Festival have been announced, and they read like a list of my favorite obsessions. Every year the festival holds a series of panels to discuss television. This year‘s will run March 4-17.  Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television.If you believe some people, the end of the world is upon us. That sucks. And not just because the End is apparently showing up on a Saturday. The Rapture couldn‘t have picked a Monday for this? Read more »
After a strong six-episode first season in 2010, fans of AMC‘s zombie drama The Walking Dead still have to wait several more months for the second season, but today they officially released the first photo from season 2, and it‘s every bit as creepy as ever.  Read more »
Do you remember when AMC used to show award-winning dramas? Those were good times.The network has finally reached a deal for the fifth season of the Emmy-winning series Mad Men, which ended season 4 in the fall, but audiences won‘t get to see it until early 2012. Typically the show has always premiered in the summer, but this new extension means fans will have to suffer through a 15-month break.  Read more »
On Sunday night, TNT‘s new alien-invasion show, Falling Skies, debuted to positive reviews and a very healthy 5.9 million viewers (that‘s more than another recent bit of post-apocalyptic programming, The Walking Dead). Audiences were obviously ready and willing to join the fight to save humanity from the alien scourge.But this doesn‘t mean there aren‘t a few lingering questions that Falling Skies needs to answer. We now question the top five confusing issues from the show. Read more »
The 2011 installment of the pop-culture insanity that is Comic-Con is now but weeks away. Those privileged enough to have tickets are anxiously awaiting the official schedule announcement so as to better plan out every minute of their San Diego weekend. While the official 2011 Comic-Con schedule is still to come, several TV shows have officially announced their attendance. Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »