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Laurie Holden Talks to TV Guide; Variety on The Walking Dead vs. Downton Abbey

This week, Laurie Holden talks to TV Guide about what to expect from Andrea when The Walking Dead resumes next month, while Variety points out how similar the drama is to PBS’s Downton Abbey. Plus, Entertainment Weekly previews the newest collection of Minimates action figures. Read on for more:

Laurie Holden tells TV Guide that Andrea won’t sit idly by while Daryl’s in trouble: “Once she realizes her friends are in jeopardy, and that any harm has come to anybody that she cares for, she’s going to take action.”

Variety argues there are vast similarities between The Walking Dead and PBS’ Downton Abbey, from the “enviable” ratings to the plotlines.

Entertainment Weekly highlights the newest set of The Walking Dead Minimates action figures, featuring Rick, Tyreese, and Hershel, among others.

The New York Observer cites The Walking Dead as an example of TV shows that feature antiheroes yet enjoy blockbuster ratings.

WebProNews reports on the recent launch of The Walking Dead‘s “Dead Yourself” app — which is ranked No. 7 on the iTunes list of the top free entertainment apps.

• According to Inside Facebook, The Walking Dead Social Game was the No. 2 People Talking About This (PTAT) gainer for app pages on Facebook this week.

The Winnipeg Free Press examines why zombies — popularized by The Walking Dead — are so fascinating and why they “speak to so many of us, especially at the moment.”

TheWrap reports that the Writers Guild of America has nominated AMCtv.com’s The Walking Dead: Cold Storage webisodes (written by John Esposito) for an award in the Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media category.

Norman Reedus is set to lend his voice to the character of The Punisher in a Marvel animated feature (to be released this spring) called Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, reports ComicBook.com.

• Courtesy of Shock Till You Drop, check out a behind-the-scenes photo of Chandler Riggs on the set of his new movie, Mercy, an adaptation of a Stephen King short story.

MediaPost covers a publicity campaign for The Walking Dead‘s debut on France’s NT1.

CBS Atlanta reports that Senoia, the home of Woodbury’s town hall, will have trolley tours of the city up and running this spring.

• The Casper (Wyo.) Journal reports that two fans of The Walking Dead will offer a course called “Zombies” as part of Casper College’s continuing education department.

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