AMC’s The Walking Dead Returns With Highest-Rated Episode In Series History

the-walking-dead-episode-501-rick-lincoln-carl-riggs-560-1The Season 5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead delivered the highest ratings in series history. The episode was watched by 17.3 million viewers and 11 million adults aged 18-49, increases of 7% and 6%, respectively, over the Season 4 premiere, the previous record-holder. The Walking Dead continues to be the No. 1 show on television among adults 18-49. Last night’s episode outperformed everything else on television in this key demographic, including Sunday Night Football, by over 2.5 million adults 18-49. With time-shifted playback, the Season 5 premiere should exceed 22 million viewers.

“It’s a Dead man’s party. Who could ask for more?” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Enormous thanks to our friends and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero – who also directed last night’s terrific premiere – Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse and all of their fellow producers, cast and crew for everything they do to make the #1 show on television such a unique and incredible experience for the fans. The Walking Dead is one of those increasingly rare shows today that can command a live audience not significantly cannibalized by time-shifted viewing. Who would have thought that cannibalized television could be curtailed by cannibal-ized television?”

The previous ratings record for an episode of The Walking Dead was 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million viewers 18-49 for the season four premiere, live/same day. With seven days of DVR playback included, the Season 4 premiere delivered 21.1 million total viewers and 13.9 million adults 18-49, becoming the most highly-rated episode in cable television history.

Talking Dead, the live aftershow of The Walking Dead, also enjoyed record ratings last night, as its fourth season premiere on Sunday was the highest-rated premiere in series history with 6.9 million viewers and 4.5 million adults aged 18-49. That is an increase over last year’s premiere of 34% and 35% respectively. Each week, Talking Dead features host Chris Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts discussing that night’s The Walking Dead premiere. The premiere episode featured series’ showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

Watch the full episode of the Season 5 premiere on amc.com.
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Days Before the Season 5 Premiere, AMC Renews The Walking Dead for a Sixth Season

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Key-Art-560x330Days away from its Season 5 premiere, AMC announced today that it has renewed The Walking Dead, the No. 1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The Season 5 premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9/8c, followed by the live season premiere of Talking Dead at 10/9c with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
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Matthew Weiner Teams Up With Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis for Are You Here

mad-men-are-you-here-wilson-galifianakis-560Fans anxiously awaiting the return of Mad Men in Spring 2015 can currently go see Are You Here, a new feature film written, directed, and produced by show creator Matthew Weiner. The film explores the complicated bonds of family and friendship, featuring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis as Steve and Ben—reunited friends who travel together to Ben’s family home in the wake of his father’s death. Amy Poehler also gives a nuanced performance as Ben’s sister Amy. Check out the trailer below. Then check out the movie, currently available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Video on Demand through your local cable provider. Continue reading “Matthew Weiner Teams Up With Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis for Are You Here” »

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Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan to Direct White City Pilot for AMC

amc-logo-325AMC today announced that Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan will direct the pilot for White City, a gripping geopolitical drama focused on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.

White City is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth. The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he’s in a relationship with, Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, Jon must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.
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Breaking Bad Binge – Aaron Paul Shares Five of His Favorite Jesse Pinkman Scenes

breaking-bad-aaron-paul-favorite-scenes-325Although he flunked Mr. White’s chemistry class, Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman proved himself as good a meth cook as Walt — and sometimes a better man. AMC asked actor Aaron Paul to look back on his most memorable Jesse moments. Find out what makes these scenes special to Paul, watch clips of the moments themselves, then tune in to the Breaking Bad Binge on Sunday nights at 5/4c to see the full episodes.

Walt’s Proposal to Jesse - Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot
Airs During Breaking Bad Binge: Sunday, August 10 at 5/4c

I love this scene because this is where the true journey begins for Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman. This is the decision that changes both of their lives forever.

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AMC Releases Line-up of Series Regulars and New Photos for Better Call Saul

better-call-saul-episode-101-saul-odenkirk-560During the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour today, AMC released two new photos from the set of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, currently in production in Albuquerque, NM. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean.

In addition, the network confirmed the line-up of series regulars for Saul, set to premiere in early 2015.

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Story Notes for Ghostbusters

sn-ghostbusters-284x184Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Ghostbusters.

Anthology Notes

Ghostbusters II came out 5 years later, reuniting all of the main cast. It was also a box office success.

Ivo Shandor, the architect of Dana’s building, was the main villain in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, released in 2009. The whole cast lent their voices to the game. Dan Aykroyd called it “essentially the third movie.”

Automotive Notes

Ecto-1 was going to stay painted black, but they realized that it would not be visible at night. They decided to go for a more comedic approach and paint it white with red trim.

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Story Notes for Ocean’s Eleven

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Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Ocean’s Eleven.

Award Notes
In 1963, the year Brad Pitt was born, Carl Reiner won an Emmy for his writing on The Dick Van Dyke Show. As of 2014, Reiner has won nine Emmy Awards for acting, writing and producing.

Steven Soderbergh and Julia Roberts won Oscars while filming this movie. He won Best Director for Traffic and she won Best Actress for Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich. Continue reading “Story Notes for Ocean’s Eleven” »

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Yeah, Bitch! Relive Breaking Bad From the Beginning With Breaking Bad Binge Event

BBadBinge-560AMC has announced that a Breaking Bad Binge television event will begin on Sunday, August 10. Every episode from the Emmy Award-winning drama series will air in order on Sunday nights from 5PM to 1AM ET/PT beginning with the pilot and concluding on Sunday, October 5 with the series’ record-breaking finale, “Felina.” Each episode will kick-off with never-before-aired behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew, including an inside look at the making of each episode, and commentary from those who helped make Breaking Bad “one of the greatest dramas in TV history” (The Hollywood Reporter).

With millions of Breaking Bad viewers still engaged each week on social media, AMC will also give fans an even deeper dive into the Breaking Bad world with custom social graphics and content, including episode and season badges, character quote cards and iconic moments. Through a partnership with Facebook, the network will deliver a never-before-seen glimpse into the evolution of the Breaking Bad Facebook community, which consists of almost 10 million fans and still continues to grow each week. Together, AMC and Facebook will analyze over six years of posts, likes, shares and comments to bring the social stats to life and demonstrate how trends, such as the Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) alter ego “Heisenberg,” took off on social media.

In addition, the Breaking Bad Binge will be complemented with new content on AMC.com. Using the Story Sync platform, the Breaking Bad Binge Companion will deliver an all-new interactive experience to fans of the show that tracks the story being told in each batch of episodes during the Binge marathon. Every Sunday night, AMC.com will release a new Companion with 40-50 pieces of content to accompany that Sunday’s episodes. Content will include trivia questions, polls on fan-favorite through-lines throughout the series, graphics on the science of the show, freeze frames of key moments in each episode, memorable one-liners from the characters, video replays and webisodes.

AMC’s Breaking Bad capped its historic run in September 2013, delivering a series-record 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults 18-49. Ratings for the final episode were up 300% over the previous season’s finale, demonstrating the remarkable growth of the iconic series.

From acclaimed writer, producer, director Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad is produced by Sony Pictures Television with Mark Johnson (Gran Via) and Michelle MacLaren as executive producers. Breaking Bad, which first premiered on AMC in January 2008, follows the story of a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future.  The series has garnered ten Emmy Award wins – including the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series – two Peabodys, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Breaking Bad stars three-time Emmy® Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy® winner Aaron Paul; Emmy Award-winner Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk.

The Breaking Bad Binge airs on Sundays starting Sunday, August 10 at 5PM/4c.

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Story Notes for Meet the Fockers

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Automotive Notes
Jack’s RV is a customized Fleetwood Pace Arrow. Three of them were given to the production. One was sawed in half so that there would be room for the cameras to film the interior scenes.

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