Glen Mazzara Chats With New York Magazine; Robert Kirkman Talks Dead in Documentary

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This week, New York magazine and TheWrap conduct Q&As with Glen Mazzara while Robert Kirkman reveals his pessimistic streak in a documentary. Plus, New York has good news about The Walking Dead‘s ratings. Read on for more:

Glen Mazzara tells New York magazine that “Daryl would crush it on Survivor, anyplace, anytime,” when asked which character he’d like to see on reality TV.

TheWrap also speaks with Glen Mazzara, who talks about The Walking Dead‘s ultimate ending — or rather, how it won’t end: “No one is safe. There is no safe haven.”

Blastr features a clip from Comics in Focus: The Image Revolution, where Robert Kirkman reveals he didn’t think The Walking Dead would make it to TV: “Every step of the way, I never believed it was actually gonna happen.”

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Vote for Robert Kirkman to Be Spike‘s Game Changer of the Year

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Today Spike TV’s All Access Live announced its nominees for the 2012 Game Changer of the Year Award, and The Walking Dead comic creator and TV series executive Producer Robert Kirkman has been nominated. The award — which honors revolutionary work done in the comics, movies and scifi industries — will be voted on by fans and presented during an event at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Kirkman will be competing with some heavy-hitters for the award: DC Comics’ Jim Lee, The Avengers director Joss Whedon, Comic Book Men‘s Kevin Smith, Incredible Hulk Mark Ruffalo, The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan and Game of Thrones‘ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also nominated.

But it’s your vote that will determine the winner. So log on to Spike.com and vote for Robert Kirkman now.

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Glen Mazzara Joins LA Times Roundtable; Jon Bernthal Talks Shane’s Demise

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This week, Glen Mazzara joins a Los Angeles Times roundtable for show runners while Jon Bernthal talks about Shane’s demise with The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, TV Guide sheds some light on Carl’s Season 3 arc. Read on for more:

Glen Mazzara explains to a Los Angeles Times roundtable, “I think what people like about our show is for some odd reason everybody can buy a zombie apocalypse. Like people just get that, you know?”

TV Guide talks to Glen Mazzara, who says of Carl’s Season 3 arc, “We’re interested in exploring Carl as a child soldier in this war against the walkers.”

Jon Bernthal talks The Walking Dead Season 2 with The Hollywood Reporter and says of Shane’s demise, “The only thing I care about…is that this death really resonates and that it affects Rick and sets other things in motion.” Bernthal also speaks with The New York Times about starring in the play Small Engine Repair, which will start its run in New York next May.

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Video – Inside The Walking Dead‘s Visual Effects

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Massive walker herds. Exploding CDC buildings. Even a looming prison. Each adds to the spectacle of The Walking Dead. What you may not realize, however, is that sometimes these visuals are generated by the computer-generated wizards at Stargate Studios. In this new behind-the-scenes video, Visual FX Supervisor Victor Scalise walks you through 3D effects added to the apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead. “As we hope with most of our work,” he says, “you don’t know they’re computer-generated.”

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Don’t miss The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend July 7-8 on AMC.

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The Cast and Producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead Invade Comic-Con 2012

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The cast and producers of AMC’s breakout hit series The Walking Dead will participate in an hour-long panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA. Moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, The Walking Dead panelists will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated third season, which debuts in October.

The Walking Dead panelists include Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman and Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero.

More Details
• Autograph session on Fri., Jul. 13 at 10:45AM at Booth #3721
• Panel on Fri., Jul. 13 at 1:25PM in Hall H
• Press roundtable interviews available on Fri., Jul. 13 at 3PM

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Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd

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The Walking Dead‘s Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd describes sending Season 3′s extras to zombie graduate school and predicts who would win in a walker-pirate battle.

Q: You guys are now shooting Episode 303. How are things on set?

A: They’ve been great…We shut down the town [we're shooting in], and we had a couple hundred fans surrounding the town. And they stuck around not able to see anything, so I have to give them full credit for their persistence.

Q: This season is the longest yet, at 16 episodes. What kind of challenges does a longer season present?

A: It’s really a marathon this year. The advantage is we have had some cooler weather in May and we’ll be going into cooler weather again in October. The challenge is maintaining the same intense level of storytelling that our audience expects of us, and we certainly plan to deliver on that.

Q: There are so many new locations and characters this season, what are you most excited about?

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Win a Stagger-On Role by Watching The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend

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Attention aspiring zombies: AMC is offering you a chance to find out what it’s like to live life as one of the undead with the Watch to Win Sweepstakes. All you have to do is tune in to The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend July 7-8, culminating with a Talking Dead live prime time special on Sun., Jul. 8 at 9/8c. During the special, host Chris Hardwick will reveal a special code word. Submit the code word at AMCDead.com and you’ll be entered to win a trip for two to The Walking Dead production in Georgia, where you’ll be transformed into a zombie extra for a Season 3 episode. (Please note: The entry period closes Mon., Jul. 9 at 6AM ET.)

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David Morrissey Talks The Governor With Indiewire; Jon Bernthal on His Final Scene

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This week, David Morrissey talks to Indiewire about playing The Governor, Jon Bernthal tells the Los Angeles Times what it was like to film Shane’s death and Variety names the Midseason Finale a Top TV Moment. Read on for more:

Indiewire speaks with David Morrissey about trying to figure out the role of The Governor: “I’ve got this sort of Jackson Pollock-like idea at the moment, which is all over the place.”

Jon Bernthal tells the Los Angeles Times about shooting his final scene for The Walking Dead: “When the scene was over, everybody converged like zombies around me, and I made a little speech. It was a beautiful night and an emotional night.”

• Variety includes The Walking Dead‘s Season 2 Midseason Finale in its list of the TV season’s top moments.

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Photo – Merle Dixon Returns in The Walking Dead Season 3

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Since being abandoned on a rooftop in Season 1, Merle Dixon has been the source of fervent fan speculation. (Where is he? Is he alive?) Today, AMC confirms that Merle (Michael Rooker) will return in The Walking Dead Season 3. Check out this first look at the character — sporting a new arm accessory — in The Walking Dead Season 3 Production Gallery, which also includes shots of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and The Governor (David Morrissey).

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Don’t miss The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend July 7-8 on AMC.

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Last Chance to Enter to Win a Trip to The Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere

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The Walking Dead Premiere Sweepstakes is probably your best chance to win tickets to the Season 3 Premiere and a trip to Greg Nicotero’s KNB EFX studio, where his makeup team will create a one-of-a-kind bust of you as a walker. If you haven’t entered already, this week is your last opportunity to do so. Submit your entry before 5/4c on Fri., Jun. 15 and you could be one of the first to see the premiere of Season 3 and experience your very own zombie transformation. What are you waiting for?

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Don’t miss The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend July 7-8 on AMC.

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