The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Poster Revealed & Get Dead Yourself (for fun)

The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Poster Revealed – The Walking Dead – AMC.

The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Poster

The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Poster

It’s getting closer … February 10 … the day the Walking Dead returns to AMC. Click on the link and you’ll see the Walking Dead midseason premiere poster with the tagline “An Eye for an Eye.”

Also on that page there are some links to the Top TV Moments, including Lori & Shane’s deaths and E! Names Danai Gurira Breakout Star. (I would too just to keep from getting chopped up into little pieces.)

They also have this new Dead Yourself App for iPhone and Facebook, but when I tried to put the link into the blog, it kept putting my Facebook credentials in and I wasn’t too happy about that. So if you want to make yourself into a zombie (for fun) of course, you’ll have to check it out for yourself at DeadYourself.com.

But brace yourself and don’t have an accident when you go to that website (DeadYourself.com) because it’s actually quite scary.

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More Walking Dead Fun … Exclusive Interview with Steven Yeun

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The Following’s Poe Obsession? or just something else being discussed by The Talking Heads.

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) discovers the cult house in Episode 2 of The Following. © 2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Sarah Shatz/FOX

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) discovers the cult house in Episode 2 of The Following. © 2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Sarah Shatz/FOX

Last nights episode of The Following was an excellent follow-up to the premiere. It’s a good sign when the second installment of a series leaves you begging for more instead of a) leaving you flat or b) asking yourself “now was that episode 3 or 4?”

The Following is one of those shows where a commercial comes along, you look at the clock and you think it’s half over and only 15 minutes have gone by and realize you’ve been sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time. Yes, it’s getting that good and will be getting better.

I signed into my imdbpro.com account this morning to check the credentials of some of the actors of The Following and of course the talking heads are “talking.” People take television so seriously. In the “News” feed, Vulture.com interviewed this English professor about the hard-on Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) has for Edgar Allan Poe in the series (see the link below).

Personally, she should be asking that question of the writer(s) and creator of The Following, not an English professor who knows about Poe. Especially when the English professor says that the most accurate TV/film adaptation of Poe in recent years has been The Simpsons (well at least it’s still in the “Fox” family).

I wonder how much Gwynne Watkins knows about Edgar Allan Poe? Well she seems to be very well educated and well written. However her Twitter biography includes two words that says it all – professional overthinker. Ah ha, there lies the problem. It’s television people, we’re not teaching an online class, we’re trying to entertain people.

So it’s up to you if you want to read Gwynne’s column or … not. My advice is to set your DVR and not miss any more episodes of The Following. If you have missed any, you can go here: http://www.fox.com/full-episodes/ and catch up.

What’s With The Following’s Poe Obsession? — Vulture.

Donnie Wahlberg’s Finest Hour coming soon to TNT

Proud “Boston Boy” Donnie Wahlberg Salutes His Hometown Police Force In TNT’s New Reality Show. By Lori Acken

The night time Gang Unit at work November 5, 2012 in Boston, MA. ©Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. A Time Warner Company. Credit: Antonio Bolfo.

The night time Gang Unit at work November 5, 2012 in Boston, MA. ©Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. A Time Warner Company. Credit: Antonio Bolfo.

Donnie Walhberg knows a thing or two about playing a cop on TV and in the movies, having embodied more than a dozen lawmen since he parlayed his New Kids on the Block fame into a successful acting career in the mid ’90s. But when Wahlberg, who currently stars as Detective Danny Reagan in the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, decided to produce a law enforcement show of his own, he knew exactly whom he wanted for his stars — the real men and women of Boston’s police force.

“It’s my hometown,” Wahlberg explains of the resulting show, Boston’s Finest. “And the Boston Police Department works in a way that’s very different from most police departments. They’re very much about preventative law enforcement as opposed to responsive law enforcement, so they work really hard at keeping things from happening in the first place, as opposed to reacting when they do happen.”

Wahlberg credits his work on Blue Bloods for giving him a new level of respect for and understanding of folks entrusted with the safety of the very neighborhoods in which they grew up. And it’s that personal side of the patrolmen that he wants to convey over the door-busting and head-bashing of other police-related reality shows. “If you know how passionate a police officer is and what his upbringing is and why he’s so motivated to do the job he does, you can see him in a lot less dangerous a situation and still care that much more for him,” Wahlberg says. “It’s not just some guy in a blue uniform who’s supposed to be a superhero — he’s a human being with a family and vulnerabilities and responsibilities. You can actually heighten the drama by knowing more about the person.”

Wahlberg cites an episode featuring a member of Boston’s gang unit. “He’s talking to gangbangers on the most dangerous streets in Boston — and all the while there’s a huge amount of tension because a gangbanger was killed and now there’s a war ready to break out. We get to know more about him and how he came very close to being in one of these gangs himself, but now he’s working the other side of it. And when the funeral of the gangbanger passes by at the end and there hasn’t been any violence erupting, you see just how much it means to this police officer and how determined he is to keep these kids from taking each other’s lives. It’s really, really powerful.”

As powerful as Wahlberg’s drive to honor the code of the force that entrusted him to tell its stories. “If I don’t honor that and the show has huge ratings, then I’ve only done a service to myself — and I can’t do that,” Wahlberg says. “I’m a Boston boy! I want to make the city proud.”

Boston’s Finest premieres Wednesday, Feb. 27 on TNT.

FX Serves Up A Cold-War Dish Of Soviet Spies Living Undercover.

By Stacey Harrison

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are Soviet spies in "The Americans" Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/FX

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are Soviet spies in “The Americans” Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/FX

There’s a temptation to look back fondly on the Cold War, if for no other reason than that the line between good and evil was clearly drawn: The U.S. hated the Soviet Union and vice versa.

But in The Americans, that line is muddled, both for the characters and the audience. The time is 1981, and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) seem like the all-American couple, running a travel agency and raising their two children in suburban Virginia. But what their neighbors — and even their children — don’t know is that they are actually Soviet spies living deep undercover.

“You’re rooting for them and against them,” says executive producer Graham Yost. “It’s an interesting dilemma for the audience, which we find really fun and we think people will, too.”

The idea arose after news broke in 2010 about Russian spies who had been living in America for years, Yost says. Setting it back in the Reagan years allows the series to really encapsulate the era.

“It’s the last great gasp of the Cold War,” Yost says, citing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Star Wars missile defense system and the Iran-Contra scandal. “It was just this big, heightened, crazy time and there were no cellphones. Computers were just in their infancy, so it didn’t have to be a tech-heavy world. We could go back to more Cold War spy stuff.”

The Americans premieres this Wednesday, Jan. 30 on FX Network.

Kevin Bacon helps make ‘The Following’ worth following

Review: Kevin Bacon helps make ‘The Following’ worth following – latimes.com.

The cast from "The Following" © 2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

The cast from “The Following” © 2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

The Following premiered on Monday and tied CBS’ Elementary as the second-highest rated new drama premiere of the season.

AHS: Asylum on FX had its season finale on Wednesday, which was somewhat disappointing, but definitely not unexpected (the three episodes prior to the finale were some of the best). Now that AHS is over, you can concentrate all your brain power on watching The Following.

The review above (click the link) is exceptional, written by Mary McNamara, Television Critic, from the Los Angeles Times. You might need some brain power to read it, because she isn’t one of those entertainment magazine reporters who write a bunch of fluff riddled with typographical errors.

I watched The Following and I loved it. Seeing Kevin Bacon on the small screen was worth tuning in and the supporting cast is exceptional.

Click on the link, read the review and tune in next Monday to watch The Following. Also, don’t forget to set your DVR.

NCIS – Shabbat Shalom, Shiva – Shocking

I had to get caught up on my NCIS over the weekend and walked away quite shocked, actually. I made it through the Jan. 15 episode “Shiva” and was rather devastated by the loss for both Ziva and Leon.

If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you catch them – you certainly don’t want to miss any of the episodes out of order.

In case you’re not up on your Hebrew, Shabbat literally means ‘ceasing’ or ‘stopping’ and Shalom of course can be ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ similar to the Hawaii word “Aloha.”

Shiva on the other hand is a Hindu deity and is “the Destoyer” or “the Transformer.” Shiva has many benevolent as well as fearsome forms.

Once you see the two NCIS episodes with these two titles, these words and their meanings will make much more sense to you.

Stay in On Saturday & Watch Ripper Street (it’s flawless)

‘Ripper Street,’ With Matthew Macfadyen, on BBC America – NYTimes.com.

You definitely won’t be sorry.

© BBC

© BBC

The premiere episode was absolutely delicious. I’m still trying to decide who I like better, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (center, Matthew Macfadyen), Drake (Jerome Flynn, on the left) or Capt. Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, on the right) who is definitely my kind of man since he’s into death and forensics.

I mean if you doubt the NYTimes, don’t bother clicking on the link above and reading their ringing endorsement of the show, this is my second write-up of it.

I will suggest that you set your DVR, because it does take a while for your ears to get use to that fine English language they spoke over there in them days (gosh what horrible grammar).

After viewing both episodes, I’ll be DVRing them just so I can watch them more than once. I promise you, they are just… that… good. It’s like watching a little movie onto itself. They are FLAWLESS.

Don’t let the title give you the slightest doubt. The closest this show is to Ripper anything is that it’s being done in the same time frame and in the same neighborhood. Other than that, you’ll forget all about Jack-The-Ripper after the first episode.

Besides, they’ll be plenty of other drama to be engrossed in during the coming episodes and  you’ll be oh, so engrossed.