What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about The Walking Dead? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on TV’s most popular shows.
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Calling all fans of The Walking Dead. There are 10 days left to watch THE WRITERS’ ROOM featuring series creator Robert Kirkman online. In honor of the episode, one lucky fan will win a Rick Grimes action figure. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @TheWritersRoom on Twitter then tweet out #TWRGiveaway. If selected, you’ll receive a Rick Grimes action figure courtesy of SundanceTV. No purchase necessary. The giveaway begins on Thu., Jun. 19 at 11AM EST, and the deadline for entry is Fri., Jun. 27 at 5PM EST. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.
For the last few years, Greg Nicotero — The Walking Dead Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Designer — has extended AMC’s hit series online with The Walking Dead webisodes. For this digital spin-off, he’s contributed not only his sizable talents as a director and zombifier but also as a story maker. The latest web series, “The Oath,” was recently named a Webby honoree for Drama: Individual Short or Episode and Best Writing. Since THE WRITERS’ ROOM spoke with Robert Kirkman on-air Fri., Aug. 27, we thought we’d follow up online with Nicotero today.
Taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, like every episode of The Walking Dead, cable’s most-watched TV series ever, is never quite drama-free. Before our host Jim Rash even began discussing The Walking Dead, Smallville and other comic adaptations in this season’s second episode, the lights began flickering on and off.
Article: Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows
In honor of this Friday’s episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics,” here’s a list of the best English-speaking supernatural shows of the last 25 years. (Otherwise, THE RETURNED would be in the top slot, naturally.) From zombies to monster hunters, it’s all here. Check out the list below, if you dare.
Los Angeles Bureau Chief of TV Guide Magazine Michael Schneider discusses The Walking Dead‘s success, the legacy of Smallville and the gap between TV and movie comic book adaptations.
Q: What’s the biggest surprise that Robert Kirkman brought to the zombie genre with The Walking Dead?
A: That it could be done as an ongoing TV show. Many have tried, but no one has been able to figure out how to bring such humanity to the genre on television. That’s a credit to Kirkman, as well as Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and everyone else involved.
Q: Do you think the series has pushed the envelope in terms of makeup and F/X on TV?
A: That’s a testament to Greg Nicotero, the special effects master who has created such a distinctive look and world. Greg’s zombies are icky, dripping, messy monsters that are a visual treat to see. And then can’t unsee.
THE RED ROAD’s Nick Gomez gives an inside scoop on co-stars Jason Momoa and Tom Sizemore and talks about his experiences and other hits like The Walking Dead, Dexter, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
SundanceTV: How did your role on THE RED ROAD come about? What were you told about your character?
NG: I got a call from my agent about THE RED ROAD, and I put together an audition tape for the casting. The scenes that I got to audition with were the actual scenes that I did for that first episode I’m in, where I’m trying to break into the garage. What’s interesting is some characters just click and some don’t… I’ve done a lot of very hardened sort of men, prisoners. I’ve played a lot of bad guys, so I’m usually hurting somebody… But as an actor you’re always justifying what you’re doing and this was the easiest one to justify because even though I was doing something illegal, I completely clicked with why he was doing it. I completely understood a father doing whatever he had to because his son was hurt, so I really wanted to play this role. I wanted to play a character that had some built-in sympathy.