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The Walking Dead‘s Return on TV Guide Cover; Norman Reedus in Super Bowl Ad

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This week, The Walking Dead‘s return is featured on TV Guide‘s cover, while Norman Reedus appears in a Super Bowl ad for Time Warner Cable. Plus, Glen Mazzara previews what’s to come when the Midseason Premiere airs on Sunday. Read on for more:

The Walking Dead hits the cover of TV Guide, which trumpets an on-set exclusive and preview of “the smash-hit zombie thriller.”

CarterMatt highlights the Time Warner Cable Super Bowl commercial that featured Daryl, noting, “Getting Norman Reedus to appear here is what really steals the show.” The Los Angeles Times thinks the ad was “sure to tickle the funny bones of Walking Dead fans everywhere.” Gale Anne Hurd, talking to Hypable, weighs in on the ad: “Norman brings Daryl to life just as memorably in the ad as he does in the TV series.”

Glen Mazzara previews the rest of Season 3 with The Hollywood Reporter. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Mazzara shares that “our comic book fans will still be excited and delighted to see how the story unfolds.” Mazzara also speaks with the Los Angeles Times and The New Zealand Herald about what to expect.

The New York Times uses The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad as examples of shows where entire seasons are “binge”-viewed in one sitting.

Esquire learns from Norman Reedus why his “zombie-killing skills are insane right now.”

Entertainment Weekly shares some “revealing shots” from the Midseason Premiere, “The Suicide King.”

NBC News highlights The Walking Dead‘s Feb. 10 return: “As the show returns after an end-of-year break, Rick and crew and The Governor are about to throw down.” People, Us Weekly and OK! also choose to feature the Midseason Premiere. (No links.)

Gale Anne Hurd talks to Hypable about the biggest risks she thinks The Walking Dead has taken and what her favorite changes are from The Walking Dead comic book.

• Andrew Lincoln tells The Toronto Star that when The Walking Dead comes back on Sunday, “The game is on.” (No link.)

Norman Reedus is interviewed by Australia’s 702 ABC Sydney and Time Out Melbourne about Daryl. Reedus shares a list of his favorite TV shows, including Mad Men, with Metro. Spike.com chats with Reedus and lists the 10 people it would like to reanimate as zombies.

Danai Gurira talks to Zap2it about shooting Michonne’s big confrontation with the Governor, calling it “very intense.”

Access Hollywood catches up with Laurie Holden, who discusses Andrea’s emotions at this point in the series: “I think she’s beginning to realize that everything she thought was a miracle and a nirvana and heaven is actually a sliver of hell.”

David Morrissey teases SFX about the rest of Season 3 being “full of surprises.”

Channel Guide Magazine chats with Steven Yeun, who says that Season 3 underscores the idea that “the worst thing that happens is when all the rules are stripped away from society and you see what people are really capable of.”

Allvoices reports that the U.S. ambassador to Iceland hosted a special screening of the Season 3 premiere in Reykjavik and participated in a zombie walk.

BuzzFeed highlights a “brilliant” ad installation promoting The Walking Dead in Toronto’s Union Station.

Broadway World lists The Walking Dead cast and crew members that will appear at next month’s PaleyFest opening presentation.

The Orange County Register praises The Walking Dead as “a surprisingly thoughtful story about what it means to be human.”

• Canada’s National Post has a graphic of all 349 walker kills on “everyone’s favorite hour-long gorefest,” including who did the killing and which weapon he or she used. (No link.)

TV Overmind lists several “shocking” moments from The Walking Dead comic books that it would like to see on the TV show.

Snakkle checks out celebrities like Jon Bernthal and Madison Lintz before they became zombified, observing that Bernthal’s “career has only taken off since his on-screen role as the zombie-killer-turned-zombie” and that Lintz “makes cute look scary.”

JOE.ie has a re-imagining of The Walking Dead as a “cheerful” ’80’s sitcom.

The Orange County Register recommended last weekend’s The Walking Dead Season 1 and Season 2 marathons. (No link.) E! Online also touted the marathon because “you can never have enough zombie brains.” CarterMatt hawked the marathon as an alternative to the Super Bowl.

SheKnows has some ideas for “gory treats” to serve when watching the Season 3 Midseason Premiere.

WAAY-TV reports that Alabama native Michael Rooker has joined the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival Advisory Board, held annually at the University of North Alabama.

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