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AMC orders up 16 more episodes of The Walking Dead

01.16.2012

The third season of "The Walking Dead" is a go, says AMC. They've just ordered more 16 episodes of the show, three more than the channel usually orders for all of its series ("Mad Men", "Breaking Bad", etc.)

Season 2 of the critically acclaimed global hit series continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49, as well as, top international pay-TV ratings on Fox International Channels' (FIC) major markets. The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as the series' showrunner and executive producer. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.

The Walking Dead has received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as "above all else, The Walking Dead hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it's thrilling" (The Hollywood Reporter), "...with Dead's riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills" (Us Weekly), "The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in." (The Guardian, UK), "It doesn't even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards" (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany).

The Walking Dead secured a 2010 Golden Globe® nomination for Best Television Series - Drama and won the 2011 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

Really glad they got acclaim for the prosthetic makeup, because the effects are definitely a highlight for the show, and put most films to shame. Good ol' KNB's still got it!

This comes on top of recent news that "Mad Men" season five will debut with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, March 25th. "The Killing" will also be getting a two-hour premiere on April 1st.

As for people waiting to see what happens in the second part of the second season of "The Walking Dead", the series will return for its six more episodes starting February 12th.

Source: AMC

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5:46AM on 01/18/2012

Also interesting...

The best, most interesting, character on the show: "DARYL", (NORMAN REEDUS)...isn't in the graphic novel...I don't know if that's a testament to good television writing... Or, it reveals that the TV version lacked an element that REEDUS' character adds that the writers realized would be problematic if they DID NOT create the character to fill a void in the design of the show...as I mentioned below...when it teeter-tots on the edge of boring...the show jumps to something REEDUS' character is
The best, most interesting, character on the show: "DARYL", (NORMAN REEDUS)...isn't in the graphic novel...I don't know if that's a testament to good television writing... Or, it reveals that the TV version lacked an element that REEDUS' character adds that the writers realized would be problematic if they DID NOT create the character to fill a void in the design of the show...as I mentioned below...when it teeter-tots on the edge of boring...the show jumps to something REEDUS' character is doing and it's not boring anymore IE: "Zombie Ear Necklace"...REEDUS is like the "not boring" fail safe character that re-invigorates the show when it's lagging out.
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5:25AM on 01/18/2012
I am on the fence here with this...in short sprints i really like the show...but then it goes on to the point where it feels like it's over staying it's welcome each episode with quiet drawn out conversations that almost "feel" like they are about nothing, or drawn out to the point where they, again "feel", like they are trying to find balance in the run time of the programming slot and accidentally creating minimum character exposition/action moments which unintentionally create lots of empty
I am on the fence here with this...in short sprints i really like the show...but then it goes on to the point where it feels like it's over staying it's welcome each episode with quiet drawn out conversations that almost "feel" like they are about nothing, or drawn out to the point where they, again "feel", like they are trying to find balance in the run time of the programming slot and accidentally creating minimum character exposition/action moments which unintentionally create lots of empty space....it's def got it's dramatic ups and downs where it casts you out and reels you in...but the second season's first half was completely casting out...with very little reeling in- actually only one moment where we are reeled in and hooked....hopefully, the second half of 2 will reel us in a little closer, make the series more claustrophobic, tighter, more perilous, more dangerous. The cast interviews were pitching the second season as more "balls out" and more "dynamic"...i think that misled me. Because it really does teeter-tot on the edge of boring more often than not...and I don't need gunfights every 5 minutes...but the show needs a shot of adrenaline more often than not as well...I think it'll work out, and they will find a nice balance- the balance that the graphic novels already have. Just gonna take, LITERALLY, the next 22 episodes to pull that off.
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3:31PM on 01/17/2012
I loved the comic book. Followed it for around 70 issues. My biggest problems with the TV show is the cast. They're just uncomfortable to watch. Also, I love the character arcs that the comic book took. The TV show is making their own, and doing a piss-poor job at it. I cared about the characters in the comic book. In the TV show, I don't care if they all die. I can't fathom why they would stray from the comic book as far as they have. They had a formula that worked and destroyed it by
I loved the comic book. Followed it for around 70 issues. My biggest problems with the TV show is the cast. They're just uncomfortable to watch. Also, I love the character arcs that the comic book took. The TV show is making their own, and doing a piss-poor job at it. I cared about the characters in the comic book. In the TV show, I don't care if they all die. I can't fathom why they would stray from the comic book as far as they have. They had a formula that worked and destroyed it by giving it to people that aren't qualified.
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3:21PM on 01/17/2012
The Pilot and First Episode of Season 2 are very well done. Everything else is poorly paced, which doesn't count for "Character Development," it's just lazy. It doesn't help that all of the characters are bland stereotypes and never leap beyond that. I will continue to watch it, but it needs to fix that shit.
The Pilot and First Episode of Season 2 are very well done. Everything else is poorly paced, which doesn't count for "Character Development," it's just lazy. It doesn't help that all of the characters are bland stereotypes and never leap beyond that. I will continue to watch it, but it needs to fix that shit.
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1:46PM on 01/17/2012
Much like Jim Law, the last episode of the first half of this season completely redeemed it for me. The show does move slowly, but the writers know what they're doing. And knowing where this series is going (if it keeps following the novels), I'm even more excited for what's to come.
Much like Jim Law, the last episode of the first half of this season completely redeemed it for me. The show does move slowly, but the writers know what they're doing. And knowing where this series is going (if it keeps following the novels), I'm even more excited for what's to come.
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9:58AM on 01/17/2012
I liked the first half of season one but i think it has slowly declined. I find myself being more annoyed half the time than intrigued.
I liked the first half of season one but i think it has slowly declined. I find myself being more annoyed half the time than intrigued.
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7:53AM on 01/17/2012

Awesome show!

I'm glad they still going strong. Granted the second season kinda slowed down a bit but that's a natural step for any TV show I suppose. Keep 'em coming!
I'm glad they still going strong. Granted the second season kinda slowed down a bit but that's a natural step for any TV show I suppose. Keep 'em coming!
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5:02AM on 01/17/2012
I have to say, the group of people this is centered around do some of the stupidest things possible. For some reason I am still watching this hoping for something clever and smart to happen, but I feel i'm wasting my time though.
I have to say, the group of people this is centered around do some of the stupidest things possible. For some reason I am still watching this hoping for something clever and smart to happen, but I feel i'm wasting my time though.
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1:46AM on 01/17/2012
all I can say is keep it coming!!
all I can say is keep it coming!!
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10:49PM on 01/16/2012
While I'm all for mentioning that The Walking Dead received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Drama, please stop calling attention to awards like the "Emmy for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup". Might as well just call it the "Emmy for Best Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy Nerd Program".
While I'm all for mentioning that The Walking Dead received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Drama, please stop calling attention to awards like the "Emmy for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup". Might as well just call it the "Emmy for Best Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy Nerd Program".
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8:23PM on 01/16/2012
It blows my mind that people actually think season 2 is good. They try way too hard to create drama that the whole show feels unnatural and forced. Its like they think having all the characters cry for 60 minutes makes it a drama.

Whats worse is the people that defend the show always go into pretentious douchebag mode of "youre just too dumb and want mindless action blah blah blah." What people want is a show that knows how to accentuate what makes it unique while still telling a great
It blows my mind that people actually think season 2 is good. They try way too hard to create drama that the whole show feels unnatural and forced. Its like they think having all the characters cry for 60 minutes makes it a drama.

Whats worse is the people that defend the show always go into pretentious douchebag mode of "youre just too dumb and want mindless action blah blah blah." What people want is a show that knows how to accentuate what makes it unique while still telling a great story, something TWD has no idea how to do. Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire are amazing dramas and they dont have to sit in a room crying for an hour to make people think so.
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9:46PM on 01/16/2012
this show is basically how i judge people's opinions these days. how everyone hasn't adopted the method of watching this as a comedy is beyond me. I don't even think the zombie stuff is innovative, there is nothing good about this show beyond the pilot
this show is basically how i judge people's opinions these days. how everyone hasn't adopted the method of watching this as a comedy is beyond me. I don't even think the zombie stuff is innovative, there is nothing good about this show beyond the pilot
8:15PM on 01/16/2012
I love the idiots on here bitching because every episode isnt blasting hundreds of zombies to pieces. Its called character development morons and story deveolpment. Watch something else if all that can be done is to bitch about it.
I love the idiots on here bitching because every episode isnt blasting hundreds of zombies to pieces. Its called character development morons and story deveolpment. Watch something else if all that can be done is to bitch about it.
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9:48PM on 01/16/2012
Same typical brain dead defense of the show. Too bad not one person here has said they wanted non stop zombie action. Its like you have your copy/paste response you cant wait to post in every article that might criticize twd.
Same typical brain dead defense of the show. Too bad not one person here has said they wanted non stop zombie action. Its like you have your copy/paste response you cant wait to post in every article that might criticize twd.
4:53PM on 01/17/2012
THE CHARACTERS ARE AWWWWWFUL. For fuck sake.
THE CHARACTERS ARE AWWWWWFUL. For fuck sake.
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6:45PM on 01/16/2012
I love the critiques here. Most of the complaints I see are about how "nothing happened". A lot of the comic is the same way, and yet it's a critically acclaimed series. So, they must be doing something right. I've enjoyed the second season as much as I have the first, even despite the too-long subplot involving the girl. Can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the season and I am very, very happy that there's another season coming.
I love the critiques here. Most of the complaints I see are about how "nothing happened". A lot of the comic is the same way, and yet it's a critically acclaimed series. So, they must be doing something right. I've enjoyed the second season as much as I have the first, even despite the too-long subplot involving the girl. Can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the season and I am very, very happy that there's another season coming.
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11:04PM on 01/16/2012
I have to disagree with your comment about the missing girl plot-line. I was hoping they'd stretch that out for at least 3 or 4 more seasons. They could extend the search for her to include neighboring states, then Mexico and Canada, followed by Europe and North Africa.
I have to disagree with your comment about the missing girl plot-line. I was hoping they'd stretch that out for at least 3 or 4 more seasons. They could extend the search for her to include neighboring states, then Mexico and Canada, followed by Europe and North Africa.
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6:34PM on 01/16/2012
Awesome news. I'm reading a lot of hate for the first half of the second season. Personally, I think the pacing has been brilliantly matched with smart, unpredictable character development. I have a good feeling that the recent slower pace has been the calm before a huge storm. I love this show!
Awesome news. I'm reading a lot of hate for the first half of the second season. Personally, I think the pacing has been brilliantly matched with smart, unpredictable character development. I have a good feeling that the recent slower pace has been the calm before a huge storm. I love this show!
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6:15PM on 01/16/2012
"continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49"

So excluding Breaking Bad, Mad Men and the first season of the Walking Dead? As much as I like the show, second season has been a snooze fest
"continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49"

So excluding Breaking Bad, Mad Men and the first season of the Walking Dead? As much as I like the show, second season has been a snooze fest
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1:45PM on 01/17/2012
He's talking about viewership... it's breaking records as the most watched cable television show, ever.
He's talking about viewership... it's breaking records as the most watched cable television show, ever.
5:24PM on 01/16/2012

I hope...

...it'll be better than the second season. The last episodes sucked ass. Can only get better from down here...
...it'll be better than the second season. The last episodes sucked ass. Can only get better from down here...
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5:18PM on 01/16/2012

The funniest show on tv

can't wait to nitpick the shit out of how terrible each episode is!

Seriously, enough with the "it's one of the best shows on television," b/c it's clearly one of the worst... look beyond the zombies, and what do you got? terrible characters, terrible pacing, and a whole lotta "who gives a shit?"

that being said, will watch every episode
can't wait to nitpick the shit out of how terrible each episode is!

Seriously, enough with the "it's one of the best shows on television," b/c it's clearly one of the worst... look beyond the zombies, and what do you got? terrible characters, terrible pacing, and a whole lotta "who gives a shit?"

that being said, will watch every episode
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12:01AM on 01/17/2012
You need a better hobby.
You need a better hobby.
1:48PM on 01/17/2012
Why? Why would you waste your time with something you don't even like? I don't watch the stupid rom-coms that come out ever year, and then I don't have to bitch about them. It's like they don't even exist. They please their audience, and isn't that enough?
Why? Why would you waste your time with something you don't even like? I don't watch the stupid rom-coms that come out ever year, and then I don't have to bitch about them. It's like they don't even exist. They please their audience, and isn't that enough?
4:58PM on 01/19/2012
It's almost like he does it to just bitch about something.
It's almost like he does it to just bitch about something.
5:11PM on 01/16/2012

16 More episodes of TWD?

Can I get a hell yeah?! This show fucking rocks. The ratings speak for themselves. I can't wait for more from this series.
Can I get a hell yeah?! This show fucking rocks. The ratings speak for themselves. I can't wait for more from this series.
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5:09PM on 01/16/2012

Great Show!

The Walkind Dead is one of the best shows on television, if not top 5. Season 2 has been great and the season 2 mid-finale was brilliant (did not see that ending coming).

I can't wait for this, Mad Men, The Killing, and Breaking Bad to return.
The Walkind Dead is one of the best shows on television, if not top 5. Season 2 has been great and the season 2 mid-finale was brilliant (did not see that ending coming).

I can't wait for this, Mad Men, The Killing, and Breaking Bad to return.
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5:25PM on 01/16/2012
Huh? It was terrible, they just hung around the house for 5 episodes and nothing happened!
Huh? It was terrible, they just hung around the house for 5 episodes and nothing happened!
5:52AM on 01/18/2012
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