Neve Campbell, IronE Singleton in “An Amish Murder” Lifetime Sunday

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Neve Campbell Plays A Small-Town Cop With Scary Secrets In Lifetime’s “An Amish Murder.” By Lori Acken

With her fresh-scrubbed beauty and natural self-possession, actress Neve Campbell makes a believable ex-Amish heroine in Lifetime’s new original film, An Amish Murder.

The twisty mystery, based on Linda Castillo’s best-selling novel Sworn to Silence, features the Party of Five favorite as Kate Burkholder, an Amish exile from tiny Painter’s Mill, Ohio, who comes back home as its chief of police and finds herself embroiled in a gruesome serial murder case that dredges up horrific memories from her youth. Joined by a visiting detective (Rookie Blue’s Noam Jenkins) with demons of his own, Burkholder finds it increasingly difficult to separate the personal from the professional in tracking down a killer she thought could never strike again.

The film is the first project in a development deal Campbell recently signed with Lifetime — and one she says she was drawn to for the chance to delve deeper into a culture she finds fascinating for its focus on family and self-contained calm in a country full of chaos.

“There’s something especially interesting about the Amish community today, because if you think about the recession, they probably weren’t affected,” says Campbell, who mastered serviceable Pennsylvania Dutch and logged hours racing around in the Canadian cold while five months pregnant with son Caspian for the role. “They’re self-sufficient and everything that they do is within their own community. They’re not dependent on the outside world; not dependent on electricity or oil or those kinds of things. And there is something really beautiful about their love of family and their respect for their faith.”

Speaking of family, Campbell took advantage of her dual role as executive producer to suggest one particular actor to play Kate Burkholder’s brother Jacob, a practicing Amish who struggles with having to shun his sister when she desperately needs his help. Jacob is played by Campbell’s own brother, Christian (Big Love).

“This is the first time we’re playing brother and sister, so that was fun!” Campbell chuckles. “There was the brother character in the project, so when I spoke to Lifetime about it, I said, ‘Well it would seem obvious — I actually have a brother and he’s an actor. A successful actor!’ They were very pleased to get him, so it worked out well.”

Directed by Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal’s dad, Stephen, An Amish Murder also features The Walking Dead’s IronE Singleton and C. Thomas Howell (Southland, E.T.) as Campbell’s fellow cops.

An Amish Murder > Lifetime > Jan. 6

The Walking Dead – New to Show and a Chip Dip Recipe!

The Walking Dead – New to Show – AMC.

It’s Friday, Dec. 21 and I have four days off in a row. Imagine, I don’t have to get up with the alarm clock for four days.

And then it’s back to work and then more days off! Plus I always take a vacation day after a Holiday which means I’ll be off on the 2nd of January which leads me to why I’m writing this post.

Starting on Dec. 31 and continuing through Jan. 1, AMC will be running all episodes of The Walking Dead. A perfect opportunity for you to get caught up with everything before new episodes return on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9pm/8pm CT.

Lori Acken from our office interviewed Steven Yeun (who plays Glenn Rhee) this week and asked me for questions. I was honored.

One of the questions I gave her to ask him was if he had any recipes to recommend in case someone was planning a New Years Eve/Walking Dead Marathon party. I’m not sure if she asked him that, hence, not sure if he recommended any recipes, but I’ve got a helluva cream cheese and olive chip dip recipe that’s been in our family going on 50 years or more, if you want that.

The link I have for you is perfect if you’re New to the Show … because that’s exactly what the link is! Have fun … oh and if you want that chip dip recipe, leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll send it right along.

Talking Dead – AMC

Talking Dead – AMC.

As I mentioned many posts ago, the Talking Dead is a “guilty pleasure” you should indulge in after watching The Walking Dead. Both on-air and on the web, the show is 30 minutes (counting commercials) plus there’s another 18 minutes of commercial free video on the web (http://www.amctv.com/talking-dead).

As promised, I won’t write spoilers or recaps on shows, but I must say, episode 304 (which in episodic TV speak is Season 3, episode 4) of The Walking Dead was a real WOWer! I was falling asleep in the last 10 minutes of it and in my sleeping stupor I heard little snatches of things … “but she’s my mother.” So when I woke up the next morning at 4:45am I quickly made my morning cup of joe (good and strong), grabbed my DVR remote and zipped it to the last 15 minutes of the episode and quickly watched the ending.

Just for reference, only the bonus segments of Talking Dead are on the website, not the television portion, but trust me, the bonus segments are much more up our baby boomer alley than the television portion. In the bonus section that the link above leads to Chris Hardwick (the host) challenges his guests (IronE Singleton (T-Dog) and Gale Anne Hurd (series producer)) to a game. What ensues is quite funny and wouldn’t be allowed on regular TV. Ah, the joy of cable!

Now don’t forget to click the link above and have a good laugh while you watch the bonus segment of The Talking Dead. And make it one of your guilty pleasures along with The Walking Dead, every Sunday at 9pmET on AMC.

Chris Hardwick is the host of The Talking Dead on AMC.

Ten Sneak Peek Photos From The Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere – The Walking Dead – AMC

Ten Sneak Peek Photos From The Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere – The Walking Dead – AMC.

The Walking Dead premieres on AMC Sunday, Oct. 14 9/8C (not available on DISH)