This week, Scott Gimple discusses Morgan’s presence with both Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, while the ratings for the Season 5 premiere were impressive on every level. Plus, Robert Kirkman teases the next episode, “Strangers.” Read on for more:
• Entertainment Weekly talks to Scott Gimple about Morgan’s appearance in the season opener and how “it does seem like he is following something, like he’s walking towards something, that it’s the start of something.” Gimple also tells The Hollywood Reporter, “There’s a Morgan story to tell. It’s the beginning of something, but I’m not going to say what it is, or how involved it is.”
• The Season 5 premiere ratings set a new record, according to Vulture, with 17.3 million viewers, 11 million of whom fell into the 18 to 49 demographic. Entertainment Weekly adds that the show was the most talked-about episode ever, with more than 1.32 million tweets, and is also “one of the only shows in Twitter history to take up all 10 trending topics in the U.S. at once.” The New York Times notes that the show “shattered its own previous record as the most-watched drama in cable television history.”
• Robert Kirkman teases the next episode to Entertainment Weekly, saying that “we’re possibly going to meet some new people, and we’re going to see a new iconic location that’s a big deal in the comics, so that’s some juicy spoilers right there, right? And, uh, and everyone dies.”
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The 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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This week, Jimmy Kimmel hosts Norman Reedus, while Lauren Cohan does a photo shoot for GQ. Plus, Entertainment Weekly has a one-minute refresher of The Walking Dead and several cast and crew interviews. Read on for more:
• Norman Reedus shows up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about his fans, calling them “my people,” and describes an interaction with two women who took his breath back to Japan.
• Lauren Cohan, as part of a GQ photo shoot, shares, “I’d always fantasized about playing a southern role.”
• Ahead of the new season, Entertainment Weekly provides a one-minute refresher of Season 4.
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Days 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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This week, Scott Gimple talks to Entertainment Weekly about Season 5, while Norman Reedus talks about The Walking Dead‘s appeal in GQ. Plus, Entertainment Weekly asks several cast members — including Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz and Norman Reedus — about the new season. Read on for more:
• Entertainment Weekly learns from Scott Gimple that Rick in Season 5 “doesn’t blink to protect people who he loves. He does not blink and he can get pretty scary pretty quick.”
• In GQ‘s cover story, Norman Reedus talks about how The Walking Dead remains appealing, saying, “As long as we keep it moving and keep it fresh and interesting, it’ll stay fresh and interesting.” Reedus is GQ‘s example of looking good in your 40′s, a time when “you know who you are, and you call the shots. It’s called maturity. Congratulations, you’ve arrived.”
• Reviewing the Season 5 premiere, Variety applauds the show, which “finds itself in a very good place, from the current makeup of its ever-evolving cast to the latitude it has earned to take unexpected detours. Given the hype surrounding the series, it’s still impressive to see the producers deliver such a feast.”
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This week, TV Guide asks Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus about Season 5, while Steven Yeun tells Entertainment Weekly about Glenn’s transformation. Plus, Reedus shows up on the cover of GQ. Read on for more:
• Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus talk to TV Guide about Season 5, with Reedus pointing out that “Daryl looks at Rick as the brother that Merle [Michael Rooker] wasn’t. To have somebody he looks up to and has a mutual respect for — someone he can trust — is a big deal for Daryl.”
• Steven Yeun tells Entertainment Weekly that Glenn is “definitely probably the man he never dreamed he could be at this point.”
• Women’s Wear Daily reports that Norman Reedus will appear on one of GQ‘s October covers.
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This week, Entertainment Weekly shares some embarrassing secrets from The Walking Dead cast, while Gale Anne Hurd teases Season 5 to Us Weekly. Plus, Greg Nicotero discusses the “putrefied and disgusting” walkers of Season 5. Read on for more:
• Entertainment Weekly gets Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun to spill some embarrassing secrets about Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero and Scott Wilson.
• Us Weekly interviews Gale Anne Hurd, who says that Rick “will do whatever it takes to keep his immediate family and extended family alive.” [No link]
• Greg Nicotero talks to Moviepilot about Season 5′s zombies and how “we wanted to make these things look as putrefied and disgusting as possible.”
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This week, The Walking Dead cast teases where their characters are at in Season 5 to Entertainment Weekly, while Josh McDermitt discusses learning more about Eugene this season. Plus, Robert Kirkman knows how The Walking Dead comic will end. Read on for more:
• Andrew Lincoln shares with Entertainment Weekly that Rick is now “a man who doesn’t doubt himself anymore, and he’s accepted his brutality as much as his humanity. So I think he’s in an incredibly powerful and dangerous place.” Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus, as well as Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun, share their thoughts on their characters too.
• Josh McDermitt, speaking with Wetpaint, reveals, “We’re really going to jump into the backstory of Eugene a little more in Season 5.”
• Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly he knows how The Walking Dead comic will end: “I don’t know exactly what issue that’s going to fall on, per se, and I do have a lot of road laid out before that that is going to take a long time, but I certainly know exactly what I’m building to.”
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AMC announced today that it has ordered a pilot episode of a companion series for The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead, which premiered on AMC in October, 2010, has been the #1 program on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are also executive producers of the new project which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner.
“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”
“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new version of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them,” said Kirkman.
“I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon The Walking Dead’s already epic narrative,” said Erickson.
The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014. No additional details are being provided about the location and/or casting for the pilot at this time.
The Walking Dead returns Sun., Oct. 12 at 9/8c on AMC.
This week, Entertainment Weekly speaks with new cast member Seth Gilliam, while Danai Gurira appears on the cover of Essence. Plus, the cast tells EW how they’d like their characters to meet their demise. Read on for more:
• Entertainment Weekly interviews The Wire alumnus Seth Gilliam, who’s says that “this is the first time I’ve actually been on a show where it’s popular while it’s airing. And I was not prepared for that, and I’m not sure that I ever will be actually.”
• Danai Gurira, who appears on the cover of Essence in October, thinks TV is experiencing a golden age because “we’re allowed to see that more people are given a voice, and that is a beautiful thing.”
• Entertainment Weekly polls The Walking Dead‘s cast members to find out how they’d like their characters to go “if and when their time comes.”
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