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Atlanta Walker Stalker convention tour photos and review

  • 10:46 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Steve Yeun

More than 35,000 “Walking Dead” fans from all over the country converged to meet virtually the entire current cast of “The Walking Dead” at panels, in person and at parties in downtown Atlanta. On top of that, many former cast members were there as well.

The two Nashville-based “Walking Dead” podcasters and convention organizers James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff were a steady presence, moderating several of the panels and keeping the actors happy. They also managed to more than triple the size of the convention over last year’s inaugural one.

Attendees who wanted to be up close and personal to the actors [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ recap season 5 debut

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Daryl and Glenn are in a tight spot with a dude with a baseball bat, about to go all Robert DeNiro on their skulls. CREDIT: AMC

Welcome to paradise!

That’s not how one would begin any “Walking Dead” recap, especially this one. This is more like “Escape From Alcatraz.” Or more specifically, “Escaprecape From Terminus.” (This begs the question: why venture to anywhere called “Terminus” in the first place, “sanctuary” promises or not?”)

This is clearly an action episode, not a character building one. Blood, guts, kills, the entire kit and kaboodle.

We knew from the end of season 4 that the killer Rick Grimes (as opposed to Farm Rick) is back in full force. His sense of betrayal and need to save his troops are embedded deep in [More]

Atlanta actress Melissa McBride transforms Carol, her ‘Walking Dead’ character

  • 10:20 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Carol Peletier, played by long-time Atlanta actor Melissa McBride was a bit player on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season one. Meek and withdrawn, she was the battered wife of nasty husband Ed. She looked like potential mincemeat, easily forgotten once chomped on.

But after a zombie kills Ed, Carol volunteered to bash his skull in with a pick ax to ensure he didn’t turn into one himself.

Fellow actors and executive producers then watched her hack away with a purpose and intensity that electrified the set.

“The power of her performance blew me away,” said Greg Nicotero, an executive producer who has been [More]

AMC renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for a sixth season

  • 1:11 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Even before AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead” has debuted its fifth season, the network has given the zombie drama a guaranteed sixth season.

From an economic standpoint, this makes total sense. The show is the No. 1 show among 18-49 year olds, beating all broadcast networks and averages about 20 million viewers a week, DVR usage included. Even if the show lost some ratings steam this year, it would still be a financial boon for AMC.

On top of that AMC doesn’t have a lot of other hits  at the moment. Why not give the producers the comfort and freedom to plan ahead?

The [More]

Social media savvy shows: ‘Scandal,’ ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘The Walking Dead’

  • 12:09 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Scandal" returns Thursday and the fans await!

Gauging the popularity of a TV show a few years ago was simple. Nielsen sent out overnight ratings the next day and that was it.

It’s now much more complicated.

First of all, 47 percent of households use DVRs, “Scandal” (ABC)

Returns for fourth season Thursday night at 9

What it is: A juiced-up drama featuring a D.C. fixer and perpetually crazy presidential intrigue.

Average viewership: 12 million

Facebook likes: 2.6 million

Instagram posts: 744,000

Average tweets during an episode: 405,000

Why it works for social media: Creator Shonda Rhimes packs in so many ridiculous plot twists and soundbites into each episode, it’s easy to miss what’s going [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ trailer for season 5

  • 9:08 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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AMC’s insanely popular “The Walking Dead” returns October 12 for a fifth season.  And at Comic Con, viewers got to see an intense trailer which was then posted on YouTube yesterday.

As folks who follow the show’s shooting schedule, our survivors don’t spend much time in Terminus, thank goodness. Somehow, they convince the Terminus folks that (most of them) should live and they join forces to go to D.C. so Eugene Porter can find a place to seek a cure. Yes, Porter claims he knows a way to solve the problem. But does he really?

One spoiler that is no longer a [More]

‘The Walking Dead’ encloses a Senoia neighborhood with 15-foot wall

  • 2:47 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"The Walking Dead" is replicating 2009 CBS reality show "There Goes the Neighborhood" (shown above) by building a 15-foot wall around several homes. CREDIT: Rodney Ho

Associated Press reports that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has received clearance to enclose a Senoia neighborhood of about 10 homes with a 15-foot wall, apparently as a new safe haven from walkers.

It will be built soon and be up through November, which means it will be a major plot location for the second half of the season.

The story said the wall will be made to look like concrete but really isn’t.

This reminds me of a CBS summer reality series that aired in 2009 called “There Goes the Neighborhood.”  The producers built 20-foot walls around several homes in Kennesaw. Seven [More]

TV briefs: ‘Halt & Catch Fire,’ ‘Kandi’s Wedding’ ratings, ‘The Walking Dead’ ’80s-style theme song, Anna Lynne McCord

  • 2:21 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Bravo's spin-off show 'Kandi's Wedding" opened at a solid 2.4 million viewers.

AMC’s ‘Halt & Catch Fire,” shot in Atlanta but set in Texas in 1983, opened Sunday night with a soft 1.2 million viewers, 900,000 fewer than the most recent AMC series “Turn.”

But the pilot was available online for two weeks before its TV debut so it’s hard to say if that opening means much. What is more important is the next couple of weeks. And AMC is surely hoping for some big DVR pick up as well.

Meanwhile, Bravo is likely to be thrilled that Atlanta-based “Kandi’s Wedding” opened at a solid 2.4 million viewers, far better than the openings for [More]

‘The Walking Dead Escape’ hits Philips Arena May 31

  • 5:00 am Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

If just watching the bleak, post-apocalyptic zombie world on TV isn’t enough, Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” series, has developed something more hands on.

Coming to Philips Arena May 31, “The Walking Dead Escape” is an interactive, immersive obstacle course where attendees can be a zombie or a human being trying to avoid becoming a zombie.

“The Walking Dead,” which is currently shooting season five around metro Atlanta, is the most popular cable series in history, averaging more than 13 million viewers this past season. It draws more 18-to-49 year-old viewers than any other non-sports program on TV. It [More]

Scott Wilson (‘The Walking Dead’) glad to see Hershel return in flashback

  • 2:39 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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SPOILER ALERT: Lots of them here in case you haven’t kept up with the show. But I figure most folks reading this have already seen season four.

Scott Wilson finished up a meaty episode as Hershel earlier this season, an episode where he fought mightily to save lives while people were keeling over from a deadly strain of swine flu.

The next day, showrunner Scott Gimple gave Wilson the bad news: Hershel was going to die three episodes later. But it was a gloriously shocking and meaningful death. The Governor didn’t buy Rick’s overture for both sides to live together in peace. [More]