This week, Adweek reports the drama was the year’s top series for the 18-49 demo, while Josh McDermitt shares his hiatus survival tips with Entertainment Weekly. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter ranks The Walking Dead‘s best characters. Read on for more:
• Adweek reports that the top series of the year in the 18-49 demographic, by a wide margin, was The Walking Dead, which drew 11.3 million viewers in the demo (and 18 million overall), according to Nielsen.
• Josh McDermitt offers his “Walking Dead Hiatus Survival Guide” to Entertainment Weekly, including a tip to “tell a group of people you’re going to ask them out to dinner, then wait seven months to reveal which one it is — trust me people love cliffhangers.”
• The Hollywood Reporter “presents its rankings of the 30 best Walking Dead characters, through six and a half seasons of the show.”
• TVLine‘s 2016 TV Dictionary includes “man bush” (Negan’s term for “an especially bushy beard”), “Pee-Pee Pants City” (Negan’s term for “the point at which his potential murder victims wet themselves”) and “pouring the Bisquick/making pancakes” (Abraham’s “euphemisms for coitus and conception”).
• Movie Pilot cites the show’s opening credits sequence as one of TV’s 10 best, calling it “a cool piece of music with a quick tempo and a certain grit that deftly parallels the iconic post-apocalyptic saga.”
• Michael Cudlitz talks to FanBolt about The Walking Dead, saying that “the great thing about this show is that the stakes and the needs of the characters are all heightened, and we sort of have a safety net with the graphic novel that allows us to go bigger as long as everything’s grounded in reality.”
• Entertainment Weekly names a sequence from Season 6’s “No Way Out” as one of the craziest action scenes this year, calling it an “impressively choreographed sequence” that featured Rick, Carl, Michonne, Jessie, Ron and Sam trying to navigate through Alexandria camouflaged in walker guts.
• TVOvermind considers Father Gabriel one of TV’s most improved characters because he “transformed into a bonafide badass who quickly digs graves, stands up for Rick, and kills walkers with the best of them. Gabriel went from ‘worst’ to ‘best’ in no time flat.”
• Christine Evangelista teases to Yahoo TV that Sherry is “trying to redeem herself, so when or how she does that, I think that’ll be interesting to see.”
• The Kansas City Star is a fan of The Walking Dead because “the storylines are joltingly good with the arrival of Negan (played with abandon/glee by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). It’s weekly, postapocalyptic viewing for the whole family.”
• ComicBook.com notes how a meme from the Mid-season Finale of Michonne holding a gun to a Savior’s head in a car “has turned into one of the most shared memes of the new season.”
• The Wilmington (N.C.) Star News tracks down the local actress, Aerli Austen, who played the Savior in question and she says she was “very excited and definitely surprised” about the meme.
• ComicBook.com spotlights an infographic showcasing who’s alive and who’s dead that “really drills in the reminder of how ruthless The Walking Dead can be.”
• Steven Ogg tells the Calgary Herald that one item on his wish list for 2017 is for “AMC’s The Walking Dead to return!!”
• According to ComicBook.com, AMC has released the first half of season 7 online, “from the bloody and gruesome premiere, which featured multiple deaths, up to the bloody and gruesome Mid-season Finale, which featured multiple deaths.”
• In addition, ComicBook.com notes that AMC has released online a scene from the Mid-season Finale that “showed someone watching Alexandria at night — the same person who was watching Rick and Aaron at the pond.”
• Dread Central reports that McFarlane Toys will release a 7-inch Negan figure in August 2017.
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