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The Walking Dead One of Cable’s Biggest Hits; Kirkman Talks Season 2

This week programming executives call The Walking Dead one of the year’s biggest hits, while Robert Kirkman discusses characters from the comic book that he’d like to see on the TV show and Gale Anne Hurd talks worldwide premieres.

TheWrap and The Hollywood Reporter note that a panel of top programming chiefs anointed The Walking Dead and BET’s The Game cable’s two biggest hits over the last year.

Robert Kirkman chats with IGN about the future of The Walking Dead, noting that he’s hoping to see Michonne, Tyrese and Hershel introduced to the show, but “whether or not we’ll get to all of them in [Season 2] is up in the air.”

Gale Anne Hurd tells how a cab ride in London proved The Walking Dead‘s worldwide premiere to be the right decision: “The cab driver said ‘Why were you here?’… And he said ‘I’m a huge fan of the comic book series, can’t wait to watch the show.'”

Regarding The Walking Dead video game series, Big Shiny Robot asks, “Does this mean regular zombie episodes written by [Robert] Kirkman are hitting PSN and XBLA starting 4th quarter 2011? If true, this might be my most-anticipated game of the year.”

Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks tells Newsarama about The Walking Dead, “It’s kind of fun to get to meet some of those actors, and we’ve already started campaigning to go on and be zombies for a day.”

Deadline Hollywood mentions The Walking Dead in an article on the growing number of feature film directors working in TV, explaining the AMC series hails from a filmmaker and boasts “arresting visuals.”

Den of Geek‘s schedule of U.K. TV highlights features a rebroadcast of The Walking Dead Season 1, noting that Episode 1, “Days Gone Bye,” is “a good indicator of how different this is to your average show…”

The Walking Dead actor Neil Brown, Jr. talks Guillermo with ShockYa: “My character was originally not in [Episode 4], and then Frank Darabont in conjunction with Robert Kirkman just created this guy and there was a happy response from fans”

Variety and The Hollywood Reporter report that The Walking Dead has garnered six Saturn Award nominations, the most of any TV show. In its story on the awards, MTV calls the The Walking Dead “gruesomely awesome.”

Variety, Gold Derby, HitFix and TheWrap reported on The Walking Dead‘s win at the American Cinema Editors awards.

The Hollywood Reporter covered The Walking Dead‘s win at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards.

Dread Central showcases a TV spot for the release of The Walking Dead on DVD and Blu-Ray March 8.

• The official PaleyFest website lists the participants in The Walking Dead panel on March 4: Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun and Emma Bell.

The Baltimore Sun notes that Laurie Holden appeared at last weekend’s annual Farpoint sci-fi convention.

• The Texas Comicon website lists an upcoming appearance by Anthony Guajardo (Miguel) at the June gathering.

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