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LA Times Interviews Kirkman; Bernthal Talks Shane With TV.com

This week Robert Kirkman chats with the Los Angeles Times about his expectations for The Walking Dead while Jon Bernthal shares what he likes about Shane with TV.com.

Robert Kirkman speaks to the Los Angeles Times in a video interview, where he states bluntly of his success on The Walking Dead, “I expected to fail, let’s get that out of the way now.”

Jon Bernthal tells TV.com what he likes about Shane: “I love that they’ve made a character that was pretty much one note in the comic and they’ve written him to be unbelievably complex.” Bernthal also talked to Metro.co.uk about Andrew Lincoln’s American accent, among other things.

Michael Rooker speculates to Screen Rant, “It doesn’t seem like Merle is The Governor. Merle is Merle. I think if I come back, I’m going to be even bigger than The Governor.” There’s also an extended interview.

BleedingCool.com reports that Andrew Lincoln made a video appearance at London’s Kapow! Comic Con, where he “appeared to express genuine geeky joy” that Stephen King will probably write a Season 2 episode. Digital Spy covers the appearance too.

• Also at Kapow!, IGN reports that The Walking Dead won the first-ever Stan Lee Awards for best comic series and best TV series.

The Walking Dead appears at No. 3 on JoBlo.com‘s list of the 12 best-selling digital discs during the month of March.

Holy Moly shares its reasons “why The Walking Dead is awesome.”

Dread Central highlights the new behind-the-scenes photos, noting that “fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead got another treat today.” LAist calls the photos “cool stuff.”

Norman Reedus will appear in Lady Gaga’s Judas video as the title character, and the video’s co-director tells MTV his performance was “so prolific.” The Los Angeles Times also has Reedus at the NYC premiere of his new movie, The Conspirator.

• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Chandler Riggs is a guest at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Comicon.

Big Island Video News reports that Sarah Wayne Callies will make an appearance at Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival next month, .

Fast Company debunks the myth that transmedia is “so ten minutes ago” by noting that “many of the big hits–including Glee, True Blood, and The Walking Dead–model new transmedia strategies to attract and sustain audience engagement.”

Digital Spy reports that The Walking Dead pulled in nearly 1.5 million viewers when it was rebroadcast in the U.K. on Channel 5 last weekend. FOXSports.com notes the numbers are “well above” the channel’s slot average of 1.05 million for the year so far. The Guardian has more on the ratings.

C21 Media reports that Fox International Channels has licensed the rights to air The Walking Dead in Australia.

USA Today has a video about the music in the SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals video game that includes music by Bear McCreary. The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald reports that McCreary is also offering a composing workshop at this week’s Northwest Projections Film Festival.

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