USA Today Profiles Norman Reedus; Jon Bernthal Visits Conan

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This week, Norman Reedus gets praised in a USA Today feature, Jon Bernthal talks on-screen sex with Conan and Newsday highlights The Walking Dead‘s return, giving it an A-.

In a USA Today profile of Norman Reedus, Robert Kirkman says, “I feel absolutely blessed he has honored our show with his presence.”

Jon Bernthal appears on Conan and talks about simulating sex on basic cable. Bernthal also speaks with Men’s Fitness about boxing to stay in shape and says The Walking Dead is the “most physically demanding job” he’s ever had. (No Link.)

Newsday gives The Walking Dead an A- and applauds the show for remaining “good, while the tone gets darker and darker. Smart, grim start to the second half.”

The Walking Dead is on Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List of “The Top 10 Things We Love This Week.” (No Link.)

MTV provides a first-look at McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead Season 2 Special Edition DVD case.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) culls The Walking Dead for “a few pointers in preparedness” from the first half of Season 2.

New York magazine profiles Glen Mazzara ahead of the show’s Feb. 12 return.

Comic Book Resources chats with Robert Kirkman, who teases that Season 3 is “even crazier” than what we’ll see in the rest of Season 2.

Last Call with Carson Daly visits with Greg Nicotero, who talks zombies and the “all-consuming” nature of his job.

The U.K.’s Press Association interviews Andrew Lincoln, who talks about the “extraordinary schizophrenic lifestyle” of living in both the U.S. and England.

CultureMob speaks with Steven Yeun, who discusses the “bittersweet” nature of the Midseason Finale’s last scene.

Melissa McBride reveals to Zap2it, “You may see Carol pick up a weapon in the second half of Season 2. Let’s say that.”

Huffington Post includes The Walking Dead‘s return in its list of what to watch this week. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CBS News, io9 and Star magazine (No Link) mention it too.

The Contra Costa Times previews The Walking Dead‘s return, observing that the “riveting zombie drama will pick up right where November’s messy massacre of the barn-walkers left off.” The Oklahoman does the same, noting that Jon Bernthal “continues to make his character one of the most compelling to watch on this gripping show.” Meanwhile, TVLine shares some spoilers in the aftermath of the Midseason Finale, and USA Today tries to figure out what’s going to happen in the season’s second half.

After Elton readies for The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere with a trivia challenge, asking, “Think you know your Dale from your Daryl?”

• Ahead of the Season 2 premiere in New Zealand, TVNZ presents The Dummies Guide to The Walking Dead.

Zap2it talks to The Walking Dead‘s costume designer about the signature looks she creates for each character, including the walkers.

MSNBC highlights The Walking Dead‘s return, characterizing the drama as a mix of “gore, fear, drama, conflict and occasional well contamination.”

USA Today cites The Walking Dead in its exploration of the “trend toward more mainstream science-fiction television in the past six years or so.”

Zap2it makes note of The Walking Dead Valentine’s Day eCards, featuring some of the most familiar walkers.

• While highlighting The Walking Dead‘s Midseason Premiere on Sunday, the Vancouver Observer examines why “our society is so captivated by zombie sagas.”

PolicyMic frames The Walking Dead as a “a crash course in some fundamental economic concepts.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that The Walking Dead has inspired a 5K run, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, featuring hundreds of make-believe zombies as obstacles.

The San Antonio Express-News refers to The Walking Dead as the “pinnacle of the Zombie Renaissance” in its report on the Zombie Response Team, a group of San Antonio survivalists.

MTV callsThe Walking Dead‘s new Left Behind Facebook app “pretty damn freaky.” Shockya thinks it’s an “amusingly eerie experience.” USA Today warns the video “might make you a little jumpy for the rest of the day.”

Shock Till You Drop takes a look at The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning, the new adventure game based on that “plays out like a motion comic book and allows you to monitor Shane’s attitude.”

Rabid Doll highlights The Walking Dead marathon airing this weekend on AMC.

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