Cable network AMC is planning to stage “zombie attacks” in 26 major cities to promote its upcoming zombie series “The Walking Dead,” The Hollywood Reporter said Monday. The network has recruited hundreds of people to don zombie makeup and gather around landmarks in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Madrid and several other cities. The staged attacks will begin in Hong Kong and Taipei at dawn on Tuesday and then spread across the globe over 24 hours. The final attack will occur at a premiere event in Los Angeles, where the cast, crew and media will view the first episode ahead of its Oct. 31 debut on AMC.
The Walking Dead secured a 2010 Golden Globe® nomination for Best Television Series - Drama and won the 2011 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup.
Sources say last fall, even before the first episode of the show had aired, AMC let it be known that it would effectively slash the show's second-season budget per episode by about $650,000, from $3.4 million to $2.75 million. AMC cut the budget and pocketed a tax credit previously applied to the show. An AMC source says the size of the cut cited by sources is "grossly inflated" and that the second-season budget represents a more typical and sustainable number for a basic cable show.
Inside Bear McCreary's 'The Walking Dead' Theme: Making Music Out Of 'Nothing'
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Talking Dead [is AMC's] first live after-show that serves as a platform for discussion for AMC's series, The Walking Dead. The half-hour episodes are produced by Michael Davies' Embassy Row and are hosted by Chris Hardwick ... "Fans of The Walking Dead are incredibly engaged with every aspect of the show. 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 — a kind of live water cooler," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's SVP of original programming, production and digital content.
Drama Showrunners: Glen Mazzara on Replacing Frank Darabont
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“The Walking Dead” comes with a pedigree: its producers include Gale Anne Hurd, whose films include the “Terminator” movies and “Aliens,” and Frank Darabont, the director and screenwriter of “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile.”
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The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics
When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?
“It really is the human story that’s being told,” Mr. Darabont said. “I always say that’s the meal. What are the great stories you can tell about these people? The zombies are really the context to tell that story. They’re the frosting on the cake.”
AMC’s The Walking Dead finale set a ratings record for the network, clocking a truly impressive 9 million viewers.
The second season closer was the show’s highest-rated episode ever (and AMC’s most-watched episode of regular series television ever). A full 6 million of those viewers were among adults 18-49, too, which is quite a trick to pull off. Walking Dead ranks as the top-rated show in cable history among the adult demo.