‘Walking Dead’ Finale Devours 15.8 Million Viewers | Multichannel + iZombie (The CW)

‘Walking Dead’ Finale Devours 15.8 Million Viewers | Multichannel.

Still unsure why you should watch The Walking Dead on AMC. Yes, if you read the article attached to the link above, the stats mention the 18-49 age bracket. But “we” all know just how useless that’s become.

Just look at how our age bracket affected Longmire this past viewing season. A&E dumped it and Netflix picked it up. Very possibly due to pressure from our age bracket and because they realized a quality show when they saw one.

The fact is, The Walking Dead isn’t just about zombies, it’s about humans overcoming adversity. The zombies represent just another wall to climb, negative to overcome, or enemy to defeat.

Just when Season 5 of The Walking Dead began, it was announced there would be a Season 6. The first season only had 6 episodes. Season 5 had 16.

There are more “zombie” related shows on television than you count on one hand. The CW has one that is so unique, you should definitely set your DVR to catch it. iZombie, stars Malcolm Goodwin (you may know him from Breakout Kings) and Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones).

Rose McIver as Liv. The CW © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. Credit: Cate Cameron.

Rose McIver as Liv. The CW © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. Credit: Cate Cameron.

Goodwin plays a homicide detective who thinks McIver has psychic powers. The truth is, McIver is a zombie and when she devours the brains of the dead people in the morgue where she works she ends up “digesting” some of their “personality traits” and can “see” who killed them.

iZombie creators Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas are the same team behind Veronica Mars (2004 & 2014). iZombie is slated for 13 episodes at this time and I’ve devoured the first two episodes and can hardly wait for more.

iZombie is on the CW Network on Tuesdays at 8pm CST. Set those DVRs, you don’t want to miss this show.

BTW: There’s very little gore or violence in this show, and yes, she does eat brains, but it’s usually tastefully done in a pita pocket or disguised in other ways, so if you’ve avoided The Walking Dead because of the “zombie” element, you shouldn’t have any trouble watching iZombie and will thoroughly enjoy the cleverness of this show.

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The Walking Dead – The First 2 Minutes of the Mid-Season Premiere – AMC

The Walking Dead – The First 2 Minutes of the Mid-Season Premiere: The Walking Dead: Season 5 – AMC.

AMC has posted a teaser of the first two minutes of the mid-season premiere of Season 5 of The Walking Dead. The episode airs Sunday, February 8. Don’t miss it!

The Best & Worst of 2014! People Mags December 22 Issue

People Magazines Best & Worst of 2014 Dec. 22 Cover

People Magazines Best & Worst of 2014 Dec. 22 Cover

When this issue hits our mailbox at work, I always make sure to read it cover-to-cover. Most of the other People Magazines that arrive in the mail I just page through, but the Best & Worst is always interesting and since I don’t pay for the subscription, that’s even better.

This year-end issue they usually forecast who will be HOT in the coming year and they didn’t disappoint … They mention Kathy Griffith taking over for the late Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. I never watched that show, so I could give a rat’s ass who takes over. Up and comers versus backstabbers is the daughters of Melanie Griffin and Don Johnson, Dakota Johnson, who we’ll be seeing in the adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. That girl has strong acting genes on both sides of the bloodline.

Katy Perry will be headlining the half time show at the Super Bowl in 2015 (Feb. 1), which is just a week before the Grammys (Feb. 8). I wonder if Taylor Swift feels snubbed.

On page 50 they list the Top 10 “Your Faves” Pop Culture’s Most Wanted, Streamed, Watched and Read of 2014. Under Prime-Time Cable, #8 was… yep, you guessed it … Longmire. The show A&E dumped and the show Netflix has now picked up and put into filming for Season 4. That was the only A&E show listed. The Walking Dead was #1 (of course) followed by Game of Thrones (HBO); American Horror Story (FX); Sons of Anarchy (FX); Rizzoli & Isles (TNT); Major Crimes (TNT); The Last Ship (TNT); Longmire (A&E); True Blood (HBO); The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo).

Movies, Most Streamed Songs on Spotify, Kindle Bestsellers, Increase in Twitter Followers, and some other social media garbage is also listed.

I also use this issue to see if I missed anyone in my 2014 list of obituaries. People, of course lists the really big celebrities who died, but they also included some of the lesser known celebrities.

I’ll be putting up my list starting on Friday, December 19.

 

 

‘Walking Dead’ Tackles ESPN Football In Ratings | Multichannel

‘Walking Dead’ Tackles ESPN Football In Ratings | Multichannel.

I’m rather confused by this particular article, because The Walking Dead airs on Sunday night and ESPN televises their football games on MONDAY night. So I read a little deeper and I realized the author, Umstead, was comparing “top ratings honors” between the two cable shows.

Hmmmm, must be a slow TV news day. Not to mention the picture he uses is from last season. Oh well, we can’t all be hip and cool.

The chart at the end of the article is rather interesting – right off the bat there’s 2.4 million viewers separating The Walking Dead and Monday Night Football, but again I just don’t get the comparison. There’s over 6 million separating Monday Night Football and the MLB Playoffs.

The Talking Dead is just under the MLB Playoffs with 5.1 million (go Chris Hardwick). America loves its Dead.

Seth Gilliam plays Father Gabriel Stokes in "The Walking Dead" Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

Seth Gilliam plays Father Gabriel Stokes in “The Walking Dead”
Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

Over at AMC, Seth Gilliam is now in the mix as Father Gabriel Stokes. Gilliam, 45, has a long and impressive list of TV and movie credits, but is probably most well known for his work on The Wire as Det./Sgt. Ellis Carver.

Tyler James Williams will also be joining the cast of The Walking Dead this season. You might know him from the movie Everybody Hates Chris.

If you saw the premiere episode of Season 5 you may have caught a brief sighting of Lennie James (Morgan Jones), who was in Season 1 and Season 3 and continues to be a fan favorite.

You can look forward to not only this season of The Walking Dead, but AMC renewed it for a sixth season just a few days before the premiere episode on Sunday, October 12.

‘Walking Dead’ Returns with Record 17.3M Viewers | Multichannel

‘Walking Dead’ Returns with Record 17.3M Viewers | Multichannel.

Yes, that’s 17.3 MILLION Viewers according to Nielsen live plus same-day data.

If you haven’t seen the premiere episode you can see it at amctv.com without having to log-in, for the next 29 days (as of Tuesday, October 14).

The Talking Dead is also available to watch for the next 26 days (as of Tuesday, October 14). Chris Hardwick had some great guests on the premiere episode of the Talking Dead including Conan O’Brien, Scott M. Gimple and Greg Nicotero. Conan O’Brien was hysterical.

If you’re a baby boomer and think for one minute that other baby boomers aren’t watching The Walking Dead, then go to the amctv.com website and look for an advertisement asking “ARE YOU A FAN OF THE WALKING DEAD?” Join AMC’s Viewer Panel to unlock exclusive content and rewards.

One of the last questions asks for your birth date. When I put in mine, which qualifies me as a baby boomer, it kicks me out saying “that age category is presently filled at the moment.” That tells me AMC apparently wants the opinions of, and appreciates those of us in that silver surfing category.

The No Sanctuary episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead was phenomenal. Well worth waiting for. Of course I had to wait until yesterday and last night to watch it, because I was so tired on Sunday that I fell asleep just minutes before it came on and woke up when the theme music was playing. At that point I packed it in and gave in to the sandman beating the heck out of me, and watched it online yesterday while I was at work.

I had to watch it again last night when I got home. It’s definitely one of my favorite episodes. Bravo to Norman Reedus for his superb acting upon seeing Melissa McBride. Bravo to the entire cast and crew.

The Zombie Assault Survival Kit from Channel Guide Magazine

The Zombie Assault Survival Kit from Channel Guide Magazine

Don’t forget to shuffle on over to www.channelguidemag.com/zombie for your chance to win a Zombie Assault Survival Kit. It’s got everything you’d need to survive in a zombie apocalypse: A 29-piece Human Survival Kit from Lifeline, a pack of Bicycle-brand Zombie playing cards with 52 tips on surviving a zombie apocalypse, a pet first aid kid, a mini human first aid kit (that’s a human first aid kit, not a first aid kit for a mini-human), a t-shirt, plus some helpful lists and it’s all contained in a nylon drawstring sportbag.

What’s Cancelled … What’s Coming Back?

I don’t watch much network television. CSI, Criminal Minds, that’s about it. This past season CSI had CSI: Cyber which was excellent. This coming season they’ll be switching up between regular Vegas CSI and the CSI: Cyber.

Here’s an up-to-date list of some of what the cable networks have cancelled and renewed so you can start marathon watching what’s on your DVR and begin making room.

AMC
Hell on Wheels: Season 4 to debut Aug. 2
The Killing: Season 4 to debut Aug. 1 on Netflix (all six episodes)
Mad Men: Part 2 of Season 7/finale season to debut summer 2015
TURN: Season 1 finale aired June 8; Season 2 renewal could go either way.
The Walking Dead: Season 4 finale aired March 30; Renewed for Season 5

BBC America
Copper: Cancelled.
Doctor Who: Season 8, now starring Peter Capaldi, to debut August 2014
Orphan Black: Season 2 debuted April 19; Season 3 renewal a safe bet
Ripper Street: Renewed for Season 3 The last I heared Ripper Street may be on a new network. 

FX/FXX
American Horror Story: Renewed for Season 4 – AHS: Freak Show
The Americans: Season 2 finale aired May 21; already renewed for Season 3
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17, 2013
Archer: Season 5 finale aired April 21; renewed for Season 6 and Season 7
The Bridge: Season 2 to debut July 9
Chozen: Officially cancelled
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Renewed for Season 10 (FXX); already renewed for Seasons 11 and 12
Justified: Season 6 will be show’s last
The League: Renewed for Season 6 (FXX)
Legit: Season 2 finale aired May 14 (FXX); Officially cancelled
Louie: Season 4 debuted May 5
Married: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)
Sons of Anarchy: Renewed for Season 7
The Strain: Season 1 to debut July 13
Tyrant: Season 1 to debut June 24
Wilfred: Fourth and final season to debut June 25 (FXX)
You’re the Worst: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)

PBS
Call the Midwife:
 Season 3 finale aired May 18
Downton Abbey: Renewed for Season 5
Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 finale aired May 18
Sherlock: Season 3 finale aired Feb. 2; Season 4 a sure thing

TNT
Dallas: Season 3b premieres Aug. 18
Falling SkiesSeason 4 to debut June 22
Franklin & Bash: Season 4 to debut Aug. 20
King & Maxwell: Officially cancelled.
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut June 22
Legends: Season 1 to debut Aug. 20
Major Crimes: Season 3 to debut June 9
Mob City: Officially cancelled
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 3 debuted June 17
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5 debuted June 17
Southland: Officially cancelled

USA NETWORK
Burn Notice: Series finale aired Sept. 12, 2013
Covert Affairs: Season 5 to debut June 24
Graceland: Season 2 debuted June 11
Necessary Roughness: Officially cancelled.
Playing House: Season 2 could go either way.
Psych: Series finale aired March 26
Royal Pains: Season debuted June 10
Sirens: Season 1 finale aired May 1; Renewed for Season 2
SuitsSeason 4 to debut June 11
White Collar: Renewed for shortened sixth and final season.

WGN America
Salem
Renewed for Season 2

Think You Know Your Walkers? Prove It!

Think You Know Your Walkers? Prove It With Three The Walking Dead Photo Quizzes.

Here’s a fun test to take at http://www.amctv.com site. I took it and probably would have got 100% if I wouldn’t have been in such a hurry. Truly the story of my life – in many things, always rushing.

It’s on the same order as one of those Brain Games only for Walker fans. You really need to have been paying attention through the last three seasons to get a good score.

Have fun and challenge your friends and see who gets the highest score.

Zombie Bowl – Walking Dead Marathon Sunday Feb. 2, 9am

Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) - The Walking Dead - Season 2. Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) – The Walking Dead – Season 2. Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead Zombie Bowl | Which Walker Scares You Most?.

Watch Sunday’s Walking Dead marathon and you can vote in the “Which Zombie Scares You the Most”  Tournament?

The Well Walker is one my personal favorites, followed by the two Michonne had as pets.

Next Sunday, The Walking Dead is back with new episodes. It’s about time, though I have been enjoying the array of games and articles at the AMC website.

They have this great game where they want you to guess which zombie goes with which season. I did pretty good when I was concentrating and not trying to show off to Eddie, my UPC man. I think I got 100% in Season 1 and then I got cocky.

You can find that feature under Games, Polls and Quizzes at the AMC site. If you’re not already getting the Walking Dead newsletter, you should sign up for that and possibly win some swag.

If you don’t feel like watching zombies on Sunday, there’s always Kittens, Puppies and of course, football. You choose.

My Favorite Rewinds of Season 2 of The Walking Dead

Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) - The Walking Dead - Season 2. Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) – The Walking Dead – Season 2. Credit: Gene Page/AMC

As I was watching the Season 2 marathon of The Walking Dead, I discovered there were some parts of a few episodes that caused me to do a rewind. Here they are.

Episode 2 – Bloodletting – Maggie rides up on the horse right when Andrea has fallen to the ground trying to get away from a walker. Maggie is there to get Lori and take her to the farm. It’s the first time anyone from that group has seen her. Maggie kerthumps the walker with a bat. Glenn falls in love with Maggie at first sight (it’s actually the first time I noticed it). Lori jumps on the back of the horse. Right about then the walker sits up and Daryl shoots him in the head with an arrow and says “shut up.”

Other things I noticed in this episode was the superb acting of Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes). This is the episode where Carl has been shot and the group en masse discover the farm. Once Maggie delivers Lori to the farm, Rick meets her outside and the two share a parent moment over Carl. Lori goes to see how Carl is doing and her acting has you believing Carl is HER SON. She lays down next to Carl, draws Rick in around her and draws the audience in as well.

Episode 6 – Secrets – When Andrea finally learns to “focus” when shooting and becomes a full fledged, card carrying Amazon warrior and jumps Shane’s bones in the car on the way back to camp.

Episode 7 – Pretty Much Dead Already – The load of responsibility is really getting too much to bear on Rick when after the shoot out of the walkers at Hershel’s barn, Carol’s daughter Sophia shuffles out at the very end. No one but Rick has the compassion to raise his gun and do what desperately needs to be done.

Episode 10 – 18 Miles Out – Rick and Shane fighting in the yard where they take Randall to drop him off. This was almost like a Laurel and Hardy moment only with the threat of zombies in the mix.

Morrissey rules as The Governor in Walking Dead

Morrissey rules as The Governor in Walking Dead – Road Runner.

Here’s an intimate interview with David Morrisey, The Governor from The Walking Dead. There’s quite a bit of past work listed as well.

If you listen carefully, you can almost here that wonderful English accent.

The Walking Dead Marathon is happening now, continues through the night and picks up tomorrow with Season 3.