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Gale Ann Hurd Wins Producers Guild Award; Josh McDermitt Talks Season 5 With HuffPost

This week, Gale Ann Hurd is honored with the David O. Selznick Award at the Producers Guild of America award ceremony, while Josh McDermitt talks Season 5 with The Huffington Post. Plus, Den of Geek highlights The Walking Dead‘s webisodes. Read on for more:

• At the Producers Guild of America awards ceremony, Edward Norton presented Gale Anne Hurd with the David O. Selznick Award, which recognizes a producer’s outstanding body of work and in the past has been given to Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder and many more distinguished producers. While presenting the award, Norton highlighted Hurd’s work on The Walking Dead and confessed, “At night when my wife is sleeping, I sneak into the living room, get my iPad, put on some headphones and watch The Walking Dead. It’s kind of an addiction,” according to Deadline.

• Josh McDermitt talks to HuffPost Entertainment and reveals that the rest of Season 5 is “just gonna get a little darker and a little crazier.”

• Den of Geek highlights webisodes, from shows like The Walking Dead, that “seek to extend the value of their most popular shows – and ramp up their engagement with viewers.”

• Looking ahead to the rest of Season 5, TVLine shares a preview: “Proving once again that no good deed goes unpunished, Rick’s attempt to honor Beth doesn’t just go badly, it goes catastrophically badly.”

• ComicBook.com shares photos of Rick and Michonne from the midseason premiere, which airs Feb. 8 and is titled “What Happened and What’s Going On.”

The Wall Street Journal, speaking with Danai Gurira ahead of the world premiere of her play, Familiar, learns that Michonne reminds Gurira of “the women of Liberia—the women who fought, who got up and became their own weapon.”

The Hollywood Reporter says that The Walking Dead is No. 3 on the TV Obsession index, a ranking of the buzz and engagement of the 10 most popular shows mentioned on Facebook, for the week of Jan. 12 to 18. [No link]

Atlanta magazine takes the Big Zombie Tour Part 2, which focuses on Senoia, Ga. and “exploring the more rural and run-down locales” from The Walking Dead.

• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gale Anne Hurd will be interviewed as part of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television series called “The Hollywood Masters.”

The Telegraph explains how binge-watching has changed TV forever and ranks The Walking Dead – “a cheery tale of life after a zombie apocalypse” – as the No. 5 series people are most likely to binge-watch.

WhatCulture shares the 10 weirdest early performances by the stars of The Walking Dead, which “has one of the best ensemble casts on television.”

• Michael Rooker tells Cleveland Magazine that the arrow of Yondu, his Guardians of the Galaxy character, would be his weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse because it “could take out hundreds of zombies with one whistle.”

• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Cohan will star in The Boy, a horror thriller to be directed by William Brent Bell.

• Ahead of Familiar‘s premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Danai Gurira tells the New Haven Register that the play is about the new America, where “the immigrant has all types of colors and comes from all types of places. I feel that’s an unexplored topic.” Danai Gurira was also interviewed by the Hartford Courant about Familiar, during which she talked of her time on The Walking Dead: “I was embraced by true artists who make up The Walking Dead family so I felt like I was in the right place from the get-go.”

The Huffington Post spotlights 12 films to watch in 2015 — and one of them is Triple Nine since “anyone who has seen The Walking Dead is bound to have some kind of crush on Norman Reedus, so seeing him in this on the big screen is set to be a treat.”

Deadline reports that Tyler James Williams has been cast in a proposed spinoff of CBS’ Criminal Minds.

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