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On 3/25/2020 at 4:07 AM, sigmaforce86 said:

Last episode delayed because of the virus, they can't complete the post production on E16 so Sunday April 5th will be the "finale" and the best they can say about the remaining episode is they'll be shown later this year.

https://tvline.com/2020/03/24/walking-dead-season-10-finale-episode-16-delayed-coronavirus/

 

Oh, that's some ironic stuff right there. The season finale, delayed by a global virus.

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The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Delay Explained by Director and VFX Supervisor

The Walking Dead Season 10 finale "will not disappoint" after being postponed to later this year, promises director and executive producer Greg Nicotero. The coronavirus pandemic impacting all three Walking Dead shows makes it "impossible" to complete post-production on the Season 10 finale, "A Certain Doom," forcing the season to end prematurely with its 15th episode, "The Tower," Sunday, April 5, AMC noted in a statement. The delay comes after the cabler pushed back physical production on The Walking DeadSeason 11 by three to four weeks, paused filming on Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 for up to a month and postponed the series premiere of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, originally scheduled to follow the mothership series' Season 10 finale on Sunday, April 12.

"Post production for those who are curious involves [visual effects], music, sound mixing and sound FX," Nicotero wrote on Instagram. "This process usually goes up to about 3 weeks from air date."

"I'm finding out about this same time you guys are and it's disappointing but the episode will not disappoint," Nicotero continued. "Be safe everyone."

The delay is to "prioritize safety," tweeted Aaron McLane, visual effects supervisor on The Walking Dead since Season 9.

"So disappointed that it came to this but we have to keep our teams protected. When COVID hit many of the studios had to slow down so their employees would be safe. We will deliver a great finale ASAP," McLane tweeted. "Post production usually goes on for months after filming wraps. That’s editing, VFX, music, sound design, color correction, and delivery. We work on an episode up to a few weeks before air. The finale will be amazing but we had to prioritize safety."

Showrunner Angela Kang and the writers' room are continuing work on Season 11 remotely. The various Walking Dead teams are "monitoring everything with the advice from government, and even stronger than advice in most cases, to make sure everyone is healthy and safe," Scott Gimple, TWD chief content officer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Like everyone else, once we're given the all clear, we're ready to roar back. Just like with everybody else, it's this weird moment of pause," Gimple said. "There are so many people who work on these shows. Between the three shows, we're talking about [numbering] in the thousands. We want everyone safe and healthy. That's the deal. We all have to pull together to make sure everyone is safe and healthy."

He continued, "All the shows are in some degree or another of writing. Fear the Walking Dead didn't have a ton of writing left, but a good amount of it. We're cooking on [writing The Walking Dead] Season 11. People were starting to peel off and write their scripts, and that's moving along. Post can work remotely to a degree. There's a good amount of work on all of the shows that needed to be done in rooms, and we're still doing that, just not together."

 

https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2020/03/26/the-walking-dead-season-10-finale-delay-explained-director-greg-nicotero-visual-effects-supervisor/

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On 3/13/2020 at 7:47 PM, iRarelyWatchTV36 said:

Hello, irony. 

Apocalypse shows shut down due to an epidemic.  [/poor taste joke]

TWD pre-production delayed & FTWD filming shut down due to CoronaVirus

 

On 3/26/2020 at 6:55 PM, CrazyDog said:

Oh, that's some ironic stuff right there. The season finale, delayed by a global virus.

Pardon me if I think that’s getting just a little too meta for words.

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The Walking Dead star reveals what it's like working with Andrew Lincoln
BY CHRIS EDWARDS   June 10, 2020
https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a32822010/the-walking-dead-andrew-west-andrew-lincoln/ 

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The Walking Dead star Andrew J West has revealed what it was like to work with the show's former lead Andrew Lincoln.
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In a recent appearance on the Talk Dead To Me podcast, West opened up about his short stint on the show and what it was like to work with Lincoln.
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"He is so method," said West. "He is, look, he's the nicest, warmest, most welcoming dude in the world. I love him to death. I had such a great time working with him.

"He takes his job so seriously and I loved it," he continued before joking: "But, I will say I probably still have welts on the side of my body from when he was whacking away at me with a rubber machete during the church scene.

"I think six years later I'm still healing from that. The guy, he's so committed to what he's doing and he's so intense."

 

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Comic-Con@Home: AMC Sets Panels For ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Fear The Walking Dead’, The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ And ‘NOS4A2’
By Dino-Ray Ramos    June 22, 2020 
https://deadline.com/2020/06/comic-con-at-home-amc-the-walking-dead-fear-the-walking-dead-the-walking-dead-world-beyond-and-nos4a2-1202966227/ 

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AMC has unveiled its lineup for this year’s virtual edition of San Diego Comic-Con — also known as Comic-Con@Home which runs July 23-26. The Walking Dead universe will be out in full force with the franchise’s original series as well as Fear the Walking Dead and the newest addition The Walking Dead: World Beyond. In addition, there will be a panel for the vampire drama NOS4A2. Dates and times for the panels will be announced at a later date.
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The Walking Dead
will make its 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting the season 10 finale episode, “A Certain Doom,” which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), the panel will feature TWDU Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner and Executive Producer Angela Kang, Executive Producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the season finale, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand and Paola Lazaro, among others.

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Here's video of yesterday's TWD panel for Wizard World...

THE WALKING DEAD Panel – Wizard World Virtual Experiences 2020
Fandom Spotlite   Jun 26, 2020

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The Walking Dead actors Chandler Riggs, Xander Berkeley, David Morrissey, IronE Singleton, Dan Fogler, Jayson Warner Smith, Juan Javier Cardenas, Emma Bell and Karl Makinen gave a virtual panel through Wizard World Virtual Experiences 2020 to talk about the show, their careers and answer fan questions.

Chandler Riggs was Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, but is also known for A Million Little Things, Robot Chicken and Inherit the Viper.

Xander Berkeley played Gregory on The Walking Dead, but also has appeared in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Supergirl, MacGyver, 12 Monkeys, Zoo and Aquarius.

David Morrissey played The Governor aka Phillip Blake on The Walking Dead, but is also well known for The Missing, Britannia, Extant, Doctor Who, Blackpool and the upcoming show The Singapore Grip.

IronE Singleton portrayed Theodore ‘T-Dog’ Douglas on The Walking Dead, but is also known for Somebodies, The Blind Side, Seeking Justice and White Man Black Man Jew Man.

Dan Fogler is Luke on The Walking Dead, but is also well known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Goldbergs, Secrets and Lies, and Hannibal.

Jayson Warner Smith was Gavin on The Walking Dead, but is also known for Queen America, Rectify, American Made and Thank You for Your Service.

Juan Javier Cardenas played Dante on The Walking Dead, but is also known for S.W.A.T., Damnation, Lethal Weapon (TV Series), Snowfall and Lusa.

Emma Bell played Amy Harrison in the first season of The Walking Dead, but is also known for Dallas, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Relationship Status and Designated Survivor.

Karl Makinen played Richard in the Kingdom on The Walking Dead, but is also known for roles in Perry Mason, Charmed, The Call of the Wild, Strange Angel, The Princess Diaries and Twin Peaks.

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50 minutes ago, tv echo said:

Here's video of yesterday's TWD panel for Wizard World...

THE WALKING DEAD Panel – Wizard World Virtual Experiences 2020
Fandom Spotlite   Jun 26, 2020

So - considering only one of the panel members portrays a character who has not already been killed off in the series - would this be considered a Walking Dead virtual panel of walking dead...?

Too meta for words.  🤣🤣🤣

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Friday panel schedule for Comic-Con@Home (SDCC's 2020 virtual event) has been posted...
https://www.comic-con.org/cciathome/2020/friday

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Friday, July 24:
1:00pm PDT    AMC's The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead will make its 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting "A Certain Doom, " which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro. In The Walking Dead episode 1016, "A Certain Doom, " Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.
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4:00pm PDT    Comic-Con: Robert Kirkman at Home 
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Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Fire Power) shares his latest projects and answers your questions!

 

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13 hours ago, tv echo said:

Friday panel schedule for Comic-Con@Home (SDCC's 2020 virtual event) has been posted...
https://www.comic-con.org/cciathome/2020/friday

 

I was very excited about it until I found out they couldn't get Neil.

13 hours ago, tv echo said:

That was the only one I voted for that won.

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"Least Entertaining Villain"?  They were being polite. Negan wins that, plus "Most Annoying" and "Most Irritating", and "Most Boring" villain.

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'The Walking Dead' is going to have 6 'extra' episodes after the season 10 finale. Here's what that means.

So in case anybody still cares or is bored enough,  the Season 10 season finale is now set to air Oct. 4. Beyond that, the TPTB have apparently pulled an extra half season out of their asses from stuff they had laying around. And yes, I realize with this show that could be a literal thing. We reportedly won't be getting a season 11 until sometime later next year.

‘The Walking Dead’ Adds Extra Episodes To Season 10; No Season 11 This Fall Due To COVID-19 – Comic-Con@Home

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Warning: I have not watched these entire videos, so I don't know if there are any spoilers...

AMC's The Walking Dead | Comic-Con@Home 2020
Comic-Con International   Jul 24, 2020

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The Walking Dead will make its 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting “A Certain Doom, ” which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro. In The Walking Dead episode 1016, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.

Comic-Con: Robert Kirkman at Home | Comic-Con@Home 2020
Comic-Con International   Jul 24, 2020

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Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Fire Power) shares his latest projects and answers your questions!

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The Walking Dead Preview Special 2020 to Air Ahead of Season 10 Finale

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The one-hour first look airing Sunday, September 27, arrives one week before the October 4 double bill of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale, "A Certain Doom," and the series premiere of new spinoff The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Both episodes were scheduled to air back-to-back on April 15 before being delayed by six months due to coronavirus related complications, and now follow The Walking Dead Season 10: Episode Diaries marathon running through October.

 

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Actual news as I thought they'd ride this show forever.

The Walking Dead Officially Ending With Season 11

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The Walking Dead is officially ending after its 11th season. Season 11 will be a super sized season, offering the show a 24-episode farewell tour, with its airing beginning in the fall of 2021. The 24-episode run will span the fall of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. 

 

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The end. But not really.

Some other articles are downplaying the Carol/Daryl spin-off, making it sound like it has as much chance of happening as a Rick Grimes film. I'm also pessimistic how covid might screw up this schedule.

As much as I love Carol & Daryl, I'd prefer the mothership show them together for the final seasons rather than pairing Daryl with randos & sticking Carol with Aunt Batty. 

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I admit I'm struggling to keep up with who has what streaming options now. As near as I can tell IMBd TV is an Amazon owned offshoot that mostly offers 20-year-old movies and some limited "channels" showing bits and pieces of series that have long since aired elsewhere. But with ads to pay for it. I wonder how that will eventually square with Netflix, which last I checked has the entire run of the show up to this last unfinished season. You know, just in case anyone wants to go back and relive The Negan Years in their entirety up to this point.

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Exact day/time TBA...

New York Comic Con X MCM Comic Con’s Metaverse, October 8-11, 2020
https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/ 
https://www.findthemetaverse.com/schedule 

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Free panels will be available on all days of New York Comic Con X MCM Comic Con’s Metaverse on YouTube.com/NYCC starting October 8 - just bookmark this page.

Missed a panel? Head to YouTube.com/NYCC to catch up on panels you may have missed from ReedPop’s Metaverse in August, and make sure you smash that subscribe button on our YouTube page to get notified of new vids!
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AMC’s The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead will present a panel at NYCC spotlighting episode 1016, “A Certain Doom,” which will air as a standalone episode Sunday, October 4 at 9 PM ET/8c. In The Walking Dead’s, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.

AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead will present a panel for the series’ upcoming sixth season, premiering Sunday, October 11 at 9 PM ET/8c. Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan’s (Lennie James) last message at the end of season five implored the group to “Live” and this season we’ll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia's communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia's walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world.
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AMC’s The Walking Dead - World Beyond
The Walking Dead: World Beyond returns to NYCC as the third series in wildly successful The Walking Dead Universe. The series is set to premiere Sunday, October 4 at 10 PM ET/9c The Walking Dead: World Beyond delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.

 

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Showrunners Who Punished Characters Because Of The Actors Who Played Them
BY ABIGAIL CAMPOS, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO  September 20, 2020
https://studybreaks.com/tvfilm/showrunners-who-punished-characters-because-of-the-actors-who-played-them/ 

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Frank Darabont, “The Walking Dead”

Frank Darabont, the co-creator of the fan-obsessed show “The Walking Dead,” didn’t exactly punish the actor through his character, but the character’s fate was significantly altered because of his relationship with the executive producer.

Jeffrey DeMunn, who played Dale Harvoth, requested to be killed off the show after learning that the showrunner was being fired from “The Walking Dead” for what AMC stated were creative differences. The character death was a shock to many fans, but especially to those who read the comics that the show was initially based off.
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In the original source material, Dale lives to have a much longer and fulfilling character arc.

To the audience’s disappointment, Dale is killed off in the second season by a zombie, or “walker,” in a quiet field and mercy-killed to end his suffering from his fatal wounds.

In 2013, it was revealed that Darabont was suing AMC for $280 million for not receiving proper payment for developing, writing and producing the series and being dropped from a contract that guaranteed that the co-creator would be involved in the entire run of the show and any spin-offs.

Ultimately, it was not the creator that sealed Dale’s fate, but the actor was still punished due to the showrunner.

 

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The Walking Dead: Season 10 Finale Opens "New Chapter" For Lauren Cohan's Maggie in Final Season

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Cohan is now back in Georgia for filming on The Walking Dead Extended Season 10, a batch of six all-new episodes to air on AMC in early 2021. These episodes will bridge the gap until the delayed eleventh and final season, now premiering late next year, where Cohan fully rejoins the show as a series regular.

 

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"But also we know there's still Negan to contend with. He's just kind of been on this redemption arc, making some progress, and now that she's back, they were never expecting to be in the same community together again. So obviously that's going to have a big ripple effect into the season to come."

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) murdered Maggie's husband, Glenn (Steven Yeun), some eight years earlier. In present day, while undercover with the Whisperers, Negan unwittingly participated in Alpha's attack on the Hilltop that left the farming colony in ashes.

Should he survive the Season 10 finale, Negan will have to face a reckoning when he next meets Maggie in Season 11.

"She's lost the Hilltop, she thought it was there, and it's been burnt to the ground," Kang added. "So a lot of story is going to come out of that, too."

 

 

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On 9/19/2020 at 11:23 AM, tv echo said:

Exact day/time TBA...

New York Comic Con X MCM Comic Con’s Metaverse, October 8-11, 2020
https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/ 
https://www.findthemetaverse.com/schedule 

The three Walking Dead panels have been scheduled for October 10...
https://www.findthemetaverse.com/schedule 

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2:35 PM EDT    AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead
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3:10 PM EDT    AMC’s The Walking Dead - World Beyond
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3:45 PM EDT    AMC’s The Walking Dead
30 minutes
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Norman Reedus Explains How The Walking Dead Is Filming During the Pandemic

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Norman Reedus is back to work on The Walking Dead. The Daryl Dixon actor is among the cast members now in Georgia for filming on the Extended Season 10 episodes designed for safe shooting during the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down both The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead in March. As the franchise returns to life six months later, the cast and crew of network AMC's flagship series are moving forward on a half-dozen more episodes with newly implemented safety protocols — including thrice-weekly COVID testing and an on-set epidemiologist.

"We have all these protocols now. We have to take COVID tests three times a week," Reedus said during a virtual interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "The epidemiologist from the Pentagon during the SARS scare is our on-set doctor now. There's a whole thing going on over here."

These six new episodes are more anthological and smaller in scale, taking place in the aftermath of The Walking Dead's original Season 10 finale, "A Certain Doom," airing October 4. The episodes explore the fallout from The Whisperer War with "deep dive" character-focused stories, each suited for filming amid the pandemic.

 

 

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If anyone cares - voting for the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards began yesterday - TWD is a nominee in the Drama Show of 2020 category, Danai Gurira is a nominee in the Drama TV Star of 2020 and Female TV Star of 2020 categories, and Norman Reedus is a nominee in the Male TV Star of 2020 category...

https://pca.eonline.com/tv/the-drama-show-of-2020
https://pca.eonline.com/tv/the-drama-tv-star-of-2020
https://pca.eonline.com/tv/the-female-tv-star-of-2020
https://pca.eonline.com/tv/the-male-tv-star-of-2020

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Prediction: The "Rick Grimes Movie" is a two-hour tv movie. That's best-case. More likely, Rick shows up for a three episode arc on Walking Dead: Smells Like Teen Spirit 

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You can now watch this virtual panel with the showrunners from all three Walking Dead series (TWD, FtWD, TWD: WB) plus Scott Gimple, from NYCC that premiered on Oct. 9...

-- Angela Kang said that she would love to get back Morgan from FtWD.

-- Scott Gimple said that "there's absolutely a chance" and that's "there's a far-flung story" for character crossovers. (It sounded to me like he was hinting at long- term plans to have characters from all three series meet up at some point in the distant future.)

-- Angela Kang said that, because of COVID, they can't return to shooting big crowd scenes.

The Walking Dead Showrunners Summit | Entertainment Weekly Presents
New York Comic Con    Streamed live on Oct 9, 2020

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Entertainment Weekly brings together the showrunners from all three TWD series—Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Fear the Walking Dead), Matt Negrete (The Walking Dead: World Beyond)—along with Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple to discuss the past, present, and future of the franchise, including the recently announced end of the original show as well as the development of multiple future spin-offs. EW Executive Editor At Large Dalton Ross will moderate the conversation.

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You can now watch this virtual TWD panel from NYCC...

AMC's The Walking Dead Cast Interview
New York Comic Con   Premiered on Oct 10, 2020

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Joining us today we've got the wonderful cast of The Walking Dead:

Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer of the TWD Universe
Angela Kang, Executive Producer and Showrunner
Norman Reedus, “Daryl Dixon”
Melissa McBride, “Carol Peletier”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan “Negan”
Khary Payton “Ezekiel”
Paola Lazaro “Princess”

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Among other things, Scott Gimple says in this interview that he's "looking hard" at a Walking Dead animated series...

'Walking Dead' Boss Addresses the State of the Zombie Apocalypse
OCTOBER 19, 2020 7:50am PT by Josh Wigler
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-scott-gimple-franchise-overview

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The Hollywood Reporter speaks with Scott M. Gimple for a conversation covering the currently airing 'Fear' and 'World Beyond,' looks ahead at the Daryl and Carol spinoffs and even the end of the flagship 'Walking Dead' series: "It all went by way, way, way too fast."
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For Gimple, trudging forward through the world of the walkers means looking well beyond what's on the air or otherwise already out there: announced spinoffs such as Tales of the Walking Dead, an anthology series that may feature familiar faces from other iterations of the series; the untitled series with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride as Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier; the planned feature film series in which Andrew Lincoln will reprise his role as Rick Grimes, though given current events, the theatrical component may be a bit in question; and even more still lurking underground, like corpses stirring in their coffins 6 feet under.

Ahead, a conversation with Gimple about all of these aspects of the Walking Dead universe and more — including his work as a comic book creator in the form of the Skybound series DIE! DIE! DIE!, a violent action-adventure comic he co-authors with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
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Scott Gimple teases Rick Grimes movie update - Exclusive
BY GIL MACIAS/OCT. 13, 2020 12:25 PM EDT
https://www.looper.com/260786/scott-gimple-teases-rick-grimes-movie-update-exclusive/

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In the case of AMC's The Walking Dead, the hit flagship series had to temporarily halt all productions — but according to The Walking Dead's Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple, the machine has been recalibrated and things are finally starting to gear up. In other words, the walkers are walking again. 
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Speaking of the Walking Dead movies, what's going on with them? World Beyond was originally announced as a two-season limited series that will pave the way for the long-awaited Rick Grimes movies, but with the recent shifts in the production schedule, is that still the case? 

"That's absolutely still the plan," Gimple confirmed — but he then hinted that World Beyond could possibly stretch further, if necessary. "Everything is changing all over the place, so you never know. But we're working on it and moving forward. If we need to make more, we will. This is the first one that we've done in such a short way. I mean, granted, a lot of shows do this now, but we had a lot of story and have a lot of story to get to, so we'll see happens."

In World Beyond, we learn a lot more about the mysterious CRM (Civil Republic Military), the group who abducted Rick Grimes during season 9. Is it possible that these new characters will spill over into the new movies? 

"Anything is possible," shared Gimple, who has a reputation for treading carefully around spoilers. "I think it's probable not to see much crossover in these first movies — but, again, everything's changing. And this is taking a lot longer now than we expected. I'm just talking from a COVID-19 point of view, this big chunk of time we didn't anticipate. I think Robert Kirkman said it best: We're using this time to really go over it and really road test it and really consider all the different directions we're going in. So, we're still in the lab in some ways. We've done a lot of work on it, but we're trying to perfect it at the moment."

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The Walking Dead: Michael Rooker Explains Why He Won't Play Merle Dixon Again
By BRANDON DAVIS - October 19, 2020 
https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/news/the-walking-dead-michael-rooker-merle-return/ 

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Michael Rooker is finished with The Walking Dead. The actor who portrayed Merle Dixon in the show's early seasons is not enticed to reprise the role for any sort of flashback or one-off episodic arc in the upcoming Tales of the Walking Dead anthology series. As his Love and Monsters film recently became available for on demand viewing, Rooker caught up with ComicBook.com to field an array of questions about his recent work. He bluntly and gracefully explained why a brief return to Merle Dixon would not be something of any interest to him as he continues to grow with other new roles.

"Actually, I'm not interested in doing a one off, you know?" Rooker said, as seen in the video above. "I wouldn't be interested in that. I'm being honest, I would not."

The reason behind it is simple. Rooker wants to play characters with potential for growth. Merle can't go anywhere as his final destination was revealed in earlier seasons of The Walking Dead.

"I wish them all the luck in the world and I love the story," Rooker says/ "That's why I wanted to do it in the beginning, you know? But I think Merle had a great send off as well as comparing Merle sendoff with Yondu sendoff. They both had really amazing, I don't know what we could have done to make it even more, to make it better, you know? And so I'm the kind of actor that sort of, unless it's obvious that the characters gonna move on, I'm not interested in revisiting, you know? I like to move on with my career. I like to move on with my work and I like to do different things. So, you know, hopefully, hopefully that'll happen."

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The Walking Dead cast wearing tracers to protect against COVID-19
By Dalton Ross October 21, 2020 
https://ew.com/tv/walking-dead-tracers-covid-19-norman-reedus/ 

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Like many shows, The Walking Dead went back into production recently. AMC opened up the set in Senoia, Ga. to film six bonus episodes for season 10 that will air in early 2021 to help fill the gap until season 11 begins in October of next year. And, like other productions starting back up, TWD is incorporating new safety measures to keep cast and crew safe.

According to star Norman Reedus, that includes the use of tracers to monitor how long people are spending time in close proximity to one another. “We wear these little tracers in our clothes that will tell us how long we spend in proximity to another tracer,” says Reedus of the unique technology. And that’s not all. Reedus called into EW Live (SiriusXM, channel 109) to discuss his new book Portraits from the Woods — which features behind-the-scenes photos from The Walking Dead set, with all proceeds being donated to the COVID-19 Response Fund — and also talked about the new protocols on set.

“We're being super safe,” says Reedus. “There's a ton of rules now. Everybody's masked up or has shields on. I have a big scar on my face so that this mask doesn't work, so I wear the shield everybody else wears masks. “They take our temperature right off the bat. We get tested three times a week. We do the rapid testing.”
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Not only that, but every time a cast member approaches the notably egalitarian set, he or she is forced to now make a grand entrance. “It's kind of embarrassing,” explains Reedus. “Because I'll show up on set and they’ll be like ‘Actor on set!’ And then the people part like Moses and the sea. And I'm like, “Excuse me, coming through.’ It's embarrassing.”

Reedus feels for his crew members who have to do the heavy lifting — literally. “I look over and there are crew members carrying cameras and equipment who have a mask and a shield. And I'm like, I have nothing to complain about.” But both cast and crew are already experiencing on-set separation anxiety. “We like to hug, we like to high-five, we like to shake each other,” says Reedus. "We're with that group. So to keep us all separated, it's different. Granted we're getting used to it, but there are no divas on this set. Now everyone's away from each other and everyone's got these masks on you and you can't see people's smile, so it's kind of a different vibe.”

Beyond new safety measures on set, the show is also having to figure out new ways to stage scenes, and the action viewers see on screen will be impacted as well. “I just fought with a zombie stuntman last week,” notes Reedus. “And usually you're kind of face to face and you can roll around together and have fluid movements and it doesn't hurt your body as much. But this guy had to be away from me and he had to wear a mask on a zombie, which was really weird. But instead of the fluid-rolling-around sort of style, he has to stiff-arm me to get his face out of camera. So it hurt a lot more! I finally got manhandled by the zombie. I had to offer him a free drink at Nic and Norman's because I think I hurt him a little bit. But it was actually me that deserved the drink ’cause I got beat up more than him.”

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I've got some stuff and some things, Tiny Tim.

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The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln to Star as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

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Bah, humbug! The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln will play Ebenezer Scrooge in a live-streamed production of A Christmas Carol to be performed live at The Old Vic Theatre. Directed by Matthew Warchus (Ghost The Musical, Matilda The Musical), this version of Charles Dickens' classic tale is adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). In addition to A Christmas Carol, running from December 12 to Christmas Eve, Lincoln sits down with radio and television broadcaster Dermot O'Leary for the second installment of the Old Vic: In Conversation series on Thursday, December 17, to discuss the socially distanced play.

 

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18 minutes ago, nodorothyparker said:

I've got some stuff and some things, Tiny Tim.

No circumstances on earth exist in which that sentence sounds right.

 

...and it’s”thangs”, not “things”.  😉

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See, I don't know how that translates to his original English accent, which I'm assuming is what you're going to get in a Christmas Carol production.

I kind of want to see this just for the sheer train wreck of it, but don't think I want to shell out ticket prices for a streaming thing.

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The Walking Dead Holiday Special Announced by AMC
By CAMERON BONOMOLO - November 2, 2020 
https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/the-walking-dead-holiday-special-amc-plus-streaming-talking-dead-chris-hardwick/ 

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AMC's annual Best Christmas Ever will include the first-ever The Walking Dead Holiday Special, a virtual get-together featuring fan-favorite cast members and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. Announced exclusively for streaming on AMC+ — the network's new premium on-demand streaming bundle offering early access and ad-free viewing — the festive event is one of several holiday specials to air throughout December. Select episodes of Hardwick's popular after-show Talking Dead, currently recorded virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, already air exclusively on AMC+ on Sundays following new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

The Walking Dead Holiday Special will stream Sunday, December 13, on AMC+, one week after the first season finale of World Beyond. Appearing cast members are TBA, but guests will include actors from The Walking Dead, Fear, and World Beyond.

The inaugural Walking Dead Holiday Special is the latest virtual gathering of Walking Dead stars following this summer's Walking Dead Family Hangout and The Walking Dead Universe Preview Special, which launched the 11-week streak of all-new TWD content airing through December 6 on AMC.

 

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39 minutes ago, tv echo said:

Oh joy...

The Walking Dead Holiday Special Announced by AMC

I wonder if Bea Arthur will be singing a song on it... 

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The inaugural Walking Dead Holiday Special is the latest virtual gathering of Walking Dead stars following this summer's Walking Dead Family Hangout and The Walking Dead Universe Preview Special, which launched the 11-week streak of all-new TWD content airing through December 6 on AMC.

 

Okay, I was curious and had to look this up...

TWD Universe Family Hangout
The Walking Dead   Premiered Jul 25, 2020

Host: Yvette Nicole Brown
Guests: Khary Payton (TWD), Paola Lazaro (TWD), Cassady McClincy (TWD), Lennie James (FtWD), Karen David (FtWD), Alexa Nisenson (FtWD and Annet Mahendru (TWD:WB).

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2 hours ago, tv echo said:

The inaugural Walking Dead Holiday Special is the latest virtual gathering of Walking Dead stars following this summer's Walking Dead Family Hangout and The Walking Dead Universe Preview Special, which launched the 11-week streak of all-new TWD content airing through December 6 on AMC.

When ‘The Gimp’ announced several new worlds of TWD he wasn’t kidding, all I can see is one money grabbing opportunity after another. Based upon the quality of ‘The World Beyond’, my heart sinks virtually without trace into the dark, cold depths of despair. Just let it die and leave us with at least some memories of a once great show. ⚰️

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26 minutes ago, OoohMaggie said:

When ‘The Gimp’ announced several new worlds of TWD he wasn’t kidding, all I can see is one money grabbing opportunity after another. Based upon the quality of ‘The World Beyond’, my heart sinks virtually without trace into the dark, cold depths of despair. Just let it die and leave us with at least some memories of a once great show. ⚰️

Sorry, brother. This show is like a zombie doomed to rot for many years without anyone to put a bullet through its head. 

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1 hour ago, OoohMaggie said:

Walking Dead Holiday Special

No. I'm picturing zombies in Santa hats.

1 hour ago, OoohMaggie said:

Walking Dead Family Hangout

No.

1 hour ago, OoohMaggie said:

The Walking Dead Universe Preview Special

No.

45 minutes ago, Superclam said:

‘The World Beyond’

Oh, hell no!

Not a minute or even a second of any of these money grabs. As it is I hate myself for continuing to be a sucker and watching the main shitshow.

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