Allison’s Other TV Bests of 2014

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In my intro to last year’s “Other TV Bests” category, I said, “if 2014 does even this half as well [as 2013], things should look pretty good.”  We have achieved it folks, and more than we could have asked for.  There just isn’t room for all of the noteworthy TV of 2014.  I’ve listed out more than my fair share of bests already, yet there are still more that deserve a mention (and yes, this one I limited to just 10).  Hit the jump for the rest of the best.

THE WALKING DEAD Spinoff Setting Revealed to Be Los Angeles

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AMC has been rather secretive when it comes to its potential The Walking Dead spinoff.  Given that the original series is the most watched show on all of television, we knew some sort of brand extension was coming sooner or later.  Comic book creator and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman is executive producing the potential spinoff, which is currently in the pilot stage, but details regarding how the show relates to the original have been few and far between.  We do know that the new series focuses on an entirely different group of survivors and we presumed that it would also take place in an entirely new location.  That suspicion has now been confirmed, as a new report reveals The Walking Dead spinoff setting as Los Angeles.  More after the jump.

Cliff Curtis to Lead THE WALKING DEAD Companion Series; Bradley James Takes Title Role in Lifetime’s THE OMEN TV Show DAMIEN

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Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey just scored two key roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, code name Cobalt, and now it looks as though Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related) is getting in on the action as well.  It’s being reported that Curtis snagged the lead role in the pilot episode, which takes place during the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but in a different location.

On top of that, Lifetime’s straight-to-series follow-up of The Omen just scored its headliner as well.  Bradley James will lead Damien as the title character.  Hit the jump for more on both shows

Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey Cast in THE WALKING DEAD Companion Series

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Just a little over a month after signing on to direct the pilot episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, Adam Davidson has two key cast members attached.  It’s being reported that Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey just snagged roles in the Walking Dead spinoff series, which apparently is also known as Cobalt.  Dillane’s the guy who played 16-year-old Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and he also has a supporting role in Ron Howard’s upcoming release, In the Heart of the Sea.  Debnam-Carey has worked on a number of short films and TV shows in Australia, but this summer’s Into the Storm marked her American movie debut.

Hit the jump to find out more about the plot of the Walking Dead companion series including who Dillane and Debnam-Carey are playing.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE WALKING DEAD Mid-Season Finale Sets Record with 14.8 Million Viewers

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TV ratings for Sunday, November 30th, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • AMC’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead unsurprisingly set a record for the show with 14.8 million viewers, the highest ever for a Walking Dead “mid-season finale”.  That’s up 24% from season four’s mid-season finale and on the heels of the show’s all-time record in October for the season five premiere.  Read Dave’s recap of last night’s episode here.
  • Over on the networks, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine dropped a tenth in the 18-49 demo with a 1.4 rating and scored 3.09 million viewers, while Mulaney also dipped a tenth to a 0.6 rating and 1.54 million viewers and Bob’s Burgers ticked up a tenth to a 1.0 rating and garnered 2.21 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time dropped four tenths from its last new episode to a season low 2.0 rating and scored 6.3 million viewers, Resurrection dropped four tenths to a series low 0.8 rating and 3.57 million viewers, and Revenge fell half a ratings point to a series low 1.0 rating and 4.07 million viewers.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Coda”

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Another The Walking Dead mid-season finale, another death of a prominent cast member.  By now you probably know who won’t be continuing to fight the good fight when The Walking Dead returns for its second half of season five next February, but I’ll save that tidbit until after the jump regardless.  Let me just say that, of all the characters the writers could have chosen to kill off, this choice was easily the safest.  Does that make the fallout any less resonant?  Does that make the loss any easier to bear?  We’ll attempt to sort it all out.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Crossed”

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AMC’s The Walking Dead will enjoy its mid-season finale next weekend, so tonight’s episode was all about the setup, as you might have expected.  Before they take a two-month break, however, Rick & Company have quite a bit of work to do.  There are two of their own who are currently in the hands of some crazed hospital employees, and any wrong moves could cost numerous lives.  While there’s a good chance that next week’s hour will end in a frustrating cliffhanger, at least tonight’s penultimate run put all the pieces in place.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Consumed”

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Tonight’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead gave viewers the long-awaited road trip with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride), but was it everything it was cracked up to be?  Arguably, these two are the strongest members of the group when it comes down to sheer survivability, so even hordes of Walkers in a dense urban setting wouldn’t stand a chance, right?  And surely we’d see lots of break-neck action peppered in between moments of post-apocalyptic romance, yes?  Eh, perhaps this hour was not exactly what viewers had been waiting for, as it was little more than a placeholder between episodes.  Honestly, it’s best moments came as a cautionary tale for reckless drivers.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Self Help”

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Tonight’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead was all about Eugene, for better or worse.  Josh McDermitt’s character has been the sole remaining hope in this hellish post-apocalyptic world, and is at the center of Abraham Ford’s promise of a new future.  But was his story about being the savior of the human race all it was cracked up to be?  Well, this episode, “Self Help,” aims to answer that question, while opening up a whole new can of worms about just where our survivors will go from here.  This was a textbook case of an episode chock full of character development and emotional swings, while also folding in some of the best Walker-fighting scenes in the series so far.  And Rick & Co. weren’t even featured!  Season five is the strongest this show has been in quite some time, and tonight’s episode certainly did not disappoint.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Slabtown”

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Guys, I don’t know if you know this, but everything in the post-apocalyptic zombie world is just terrible.  You can’t trust cops, danger lurks around every corner in the suburbs, and prisons are just the worst.  Even hospitals end up killing more people than they help!  Okay, so the world of The Walking Dead isn’t all that different from our own world, except of course for the wild card that is the shambling, flesh-eating Walkers.  Considering how strange life in this fictional world is on a weekly basis, I was amazed that the creative team managed to put together an hour that was even stranger than usual.  More than once I was convinced that “Slabtown” was a fever dream or a drug-induced hallucination experienced by Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), right up until the last second.  For fans of Beth/Kinney, I’d imagine this was a rather enjoyable episode, but judging by social media reactions, for most it was just torture.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Four Walls and a Roof”

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Are you hungry for more of AMC’s The Walking Dead?  Well then it’s a good thing we’re continuing these recaps which give you a chance to marinate on the show’s happenings and chew on some of the deeper philosophical underpinnings.  Oh yeah, and you get to relive the brutal violence against the undead and the cannibalistic alike again and again!  Tonight’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof”, certainly sped up the timetable on what was expected to be season five’s central conflict, a turn of events which was equal parts surprising and reassuring that the rest of the season will be just as thrilling.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

Adam Davidson to Direct the Pilot Episode of THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Series

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AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series just locked a director for the pilot episode and he’s an Academy Award winner!  Adam Davidson snagged the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film back in 1991 for The Lunch Date and, ever since, he’s been racking up TV credits.  He’s worked on a slew of shows including Lost, Deadwood, Dexter, True Blood, Fringe, Big Love, Masters of Sex and so many more.

Davidson is expected to start shooting his Walking Dead companion series episode late this year.  Hit the jump for more on the show and Davidson.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Strangers”

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Now that the group of survivors has been reunited after the chaos at Terminus, what are they to do?  The Walking Dead has spent plenty of time in past seasons bottled up in one location or another (the farm and the prison, notably) but it looked like they were getting ready to hit the dusty trails for good this season.  Not so fast.  In the fifth season’s second episode, we get a momentary glimpse of life on the road for this unwieldy group before a new arrival (and an old foe) turn a possible sanctuary into a probable death trap.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap. 

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Premiere Shatters Ratings Records with 17.3 Million Viewers

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In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear from the fact that it got a Season 6 renewal before its current season even started, The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere ratings prove that the AMC drama series isn’t going anywhere soon.  Last night’s episode (read Dave’s recap here) drew a series high 17.3 million viewers, besting its previous record of 16.1 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere by over 1 million viewers.  Moreover, in the all-important 18-49 demo, the episode notched an 8.8 rating.  By comparison, that’s nearly double the highest rating for any entertainment programming last week, as The Big Bang Theory scored a 4.5 rating in the demo on CBS.

Even if you’re not a fan of The Walking Dead (and I’m really not), you have to admit that these numbers are insane.  In an age where more and more people are consuming television from a variety of different platforms on a delayed schedule, the fact that a basic cable show can pull in these kinds of numbers is staggering.  Watch a sneak peek for next week’s episode after the jump.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap of the Season 5 Premiere: “No Sanctuary”

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Season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead ended with one hell of a cliffhanger that saw the fan-favorite group of survivors biding their time in the Terminus folk’s make-shift railcar prison cell.  Thankfully, season five kicked off more or less from this same spot, so viewers didn’t have to hang on too long to find out the fate of Rick & Co.  Now that it’s arrived and the wait is over, just how good was the premiere?  In a word: Perfect.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap of the season five premiere.

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