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VARIETY – The worlds of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” will collide at some point next year.

 

A character from one show will crossover to the other series — that’s what “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman told fans Saturday night at the “Walking Dead” panel held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of New York Comic-Con.

 

“Fear” launched in 2015 as a prequel to “Walking Dead.” The “Fear” storyline follows two families at the outset of the zombie apocalypse. “Walking Dead,” which bowed in 2010, follows the struggles of survivors trying not to become “walkers” long after the country has been overrun by the undead.

 

Kirkman would not offer any other details other to say that one character will hop shows next year.

 

“More news coming in the following months,” Kirkman said after teasing the plan for the “one character that I will not name.”

 

“Walking Dead” is set to begin its eighth season on Oct. 22. “Fear the Walking Dead” will wrap its third season on Oct. 15. The buzz about the convergence of worlds could help boost fan interest in Season 4 of “Fear,” which has seen a big drop in viewership since its first season.



EW – “This is the weirdest Walking Dead panel I’ve ever been a part of,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan remarked to the crowd gathered at New York Comic Con on Saturday.

 

He was responding specifically to all the fans referencing his old character on Grey’s Anatomy, but the Theater at Madison Square also heard talk of shipping Jesus (Tom Payne) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), another fan interrupting Austin Amelio to shout his disdain for Dwight, talk of a crossover with Fear the Walking Dead, and host Chris Hardwick turning #SexyA—hole into his new hashtag, thanks to a brutally misquoted audience shoutout. But, as evidenced by the cheers drowning out some of the chatter on stage and footage shown on screen, the fans are ready for season 8 and the cast thinks they have something worthwhile.

 

The Walking Dead took a turn for the worse in terms of Rick’s reality on the show, in terms of critical reception, and in terms of ratings. But heading into the season 8 premiere, which marks the AMC drama’s 100th episode, Andrew Lincoln feels the show is more like what it was in the beginning.

 

“Season 7 sucked for Rick Grimes, but season 8, he’s definitely getting his strut back,” the actor told the roaring crowd. “We’ve got the gang back together, I’m working with a few of my special buddies,” he teased before adding, “It’s reminiscent of seasons 1-4.” Then he offered another oddball moment of the night by doing his best Napoleon Dynamite dance for the crowd.

 

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – AMC continued its The Walking Dead tradition, using the show’s Comic-Con stage to unspool the first look at its upcoming season. But before the new footage was screened, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and the cast took the stage with no introduction and went directly into a dedication for stuntman John Bernecker, who died July 12 after plunging headfirst from a balcony on the show’s Georgia set while attempting a seemingly simple 22-foot fall. Production on season eight was briefly shut down and multiple investigations are underway. (Spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, which paneled before the flagship, also featured a moment of silence for Bernecker.)

 

“We didn’t know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you and do something for John,” a somber Gimple said after noting Bernecker’s countless credits and how much the stuntman loved his job.”John was someone who was beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream and he helped other people do the same.”

 

Gimple then introduced the season eight trailer.

 



But who will die in Sunday’s episode?

 

There are two major questions heading into Sunday’s season seven finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead: Who will die and who will come out on top in the first battle in the famed All-Out War arc from the comics?

 

While all signs point to Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) not surviving the season, the latter remains a larger question as battle between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) stretched an impressive 12 issues in the comics. Given the weight applied to this part of Robert Kirkman’s story, it’s unlikely that Negan (and Lucille) will go down swinging in one episode. Instead, the question now shifts to how the finale will set the stage for season eight.

 

Sunday’s episode is also the first season finale that producers have crafted since the backlash to the months-long cliffhanger created by Negan’s first arrival in the season seven ender. Will producers follow the same track?

 

“Doing it again in the same way isn’t what we do,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple tells THR. “We did a big cliffhanger at the end of season four. We tried to mix it up and not go back to that because there is a definitive conclusion to the end of the season.”

 

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Lauren and her Walking Dead cast mates attended Paley Fest last night to talk about the remainder of Season 7 and upcoming Season 8. Below is a link to the pictures from the event. I’ll be adding more tomorrow when I get them!:

 

 

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‘The Walking Dead’ Cast & Creatives On Dream Deaths For Beloved Characters And “The Epic Tale To Come” – PaleyFest

DEADLINE – At the Dolby Theatre tonight, just two weeks after the Oscars’ envelope fiasco rocked the same room, a raucous crowd gathered on opening night of PaleyFest to greet the cast and creatives behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.

 

While Danai Gurira and baseball bat-wielding Jeffrey Dean Morgan were notable absences this evening, on hand for the panel were stars Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio and Tom Payne.

 

Also present were executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, the latter of whom wrote the comic books on which the series is based. And while the EPs held their cards close to their chest throughout the spoiler-free evening, with the Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead fast approaching, Gimble did take a moment to reflect on where the series is heading.

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We’ve officially made it, everyone! We’ve arrived today to the final edition of our Golden Globes Preview Series, or at least the part of it where we spotlight our own personal picks for nominees. We’ll still have the result of the reader vote a little bit later on down the road on December 1, and to go along with that, there is also still to come the actual nominees being announced on December 12. At some point between then and the start of the actual Globes on January 8, we’ll more than likely be looking at much of this field further.

 

In closing off our category previews today, we’re talking a one here in Best Supporting Actress which is certainly one of the more complicated ones that you’re going to find, if for no other reason than that you’re looking at a multitude of different genres, and a field that in general really deserves to be split up. (Who hasn’t the Hollywood Foreign Press done that already?) Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen here to the detriment of everyone who’s going to be snubbed on our list. We know we’re being redundant in mentioning once more the abundance of great people from top to bottom, but it’s so true and there are such a wide array of quality people to choose from.

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX) – While we’re not going to attest to “Roanoke” being a perfect season, we will state that it is a far superior overall product than the two or three seasons that came before it … with Bates’ performance as the Butcher / deranged actress Agnes being a huge part of the reason why. This is Bates at her best, milking every second of screen time and alternating between being reasonably-kind and relatable to utterly terrifying and dangerous.

 

Lauren Cohan, “The Walking Dead” (AMC) – We knew that there would be a vast amount of heartache in Cohan’s performance of Maggie, given all that she went through before before the season 6 finale and also what transpired afterward. Yet, at the same time there’s also been a source of strength and inspiration there, as we’ve had a chance to look further at the full extent of her journey, and precisely how far she’s come from the character she was back when we first got to know her during the Hershel’s Farm era. Cohan’s work has always been to a certain degree underrated, and we hope that this marks more of an opportunity for her to walk into the spotlight.

 

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The Walking Dead star dishes on her go-to workouts, best self-care practices, and more in Health’s December issue.

 

Lauren Cohan knows what it takes to live her healthiest life.

 

“The best way for me to put it is that if my spiritual life isn’t bigger than my real life, then I’m out of balance,” The Walking Dead star, 34, explains to Health in our December issue, on newsstands this Friday.

 

Cohan has learned how important it is to carve out enough time for the things that enable her to feel this sense of balance. But it hasn’t always been easy: “I think what happened [in the past] was I didn’t have a very good balance with exercise and food,” the actress says. “I’d be stressed out and I’d eat too much, or I’d be stressed out and I’d stop exercising. The last few years, I’ve been focusing on consistency and balance, and it’s made a huge difference.”

 

One of her strategies? Scheduling dedicated blocks of “me” time into the day. “I have timers on my phone for everything: It’s time to meditate, it’s time to do this.”

 

Regular exercise also helps Cohan feel like her best self. She told us she works with a personal trainer to do core-based alignment workouts and strength training three to four days a week, as well as yoga on weekends. She also allows herself one “rest” day during the week—but still makes a point to walk at least 20,000 steps during that day off.

 

The actress explains that when it comes to her well-being, mental positivity is as important as her rigorous fitness routine.

 

“Somebody said to me the other day, ‘If this moment isn’t the best moment of your life, you’re doing something wrong.’ And I think about that all the time,” Cohan tells Health. “Because not liking where I’m at is such a waste of energy. And being able to be there for others is only coming from self-acceptance. You have to do what makes you feel good, but for me it has to come from that spiritual side first.”

 

And while Cohan is diligent about practicing self-care, she believes a person’s healthy habits can have an even bigger impact on others.

 

“I’m taking the time to be a better person so I can be of service—putting other people before myself.”



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“Steven brought me on to the show. He’s the first person that I hung out with. The day I got there, Steven, Sarah Wayne Callies, and myself went for Korean barbecue, and I remember I got to Georgia and I was wearing a flannel shirt and it was July and they were like, ‘Yeah, you need to buy some T-shirts.’ I also remember that year we went on Fourth of July to watch the fireworks and the sky opened. Oh my god, it was pouring rain! And we all left and everybody ran out with jackets over their head and we all went to Steven’s house. We got out the guitar and we just started singing, and Steven sang a song and Emily sang a song. We were all borrowing Steven’s clothes and sitting around his apartment on the Fourth of July with it pouring rain outside. It was like college. It was our first big hangout.

 

Steven has been a leading man professional on the show without ever having been any of those things before being on the show. You know what Steven is? He’s ride or die: You know he has your back. Everything that we see in Glenn is what Steven brings to him, and that’s that steady heart. I’m so excited for him knowing he’s going on to do amazing things. He’s the most professional gentleman and the silliest, funniest goof ever. And Steven’s still alive! So that’s good.”



AMC is far from done playing with the undead.

 

The cable network has handed out an early renewal for zombie drama The Walking Dead, picking up the Robert Kirkman entry for an eighth season due in late 2017.

 

The news, announced Sunday at the top of a two-hour retrospective, comes a week before season seven premieres with the franchise’s most highly anticipated episode yet.

 

Season six of the series, based on Kirkman’s comics of the same name, ended with a massive cliffhanger. Negan, perhaps the franchise’s biggest villain thus far, was introduced in the season six finale as the character (played new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was on the verge of killing at least one of 11 core characters lined up before him. The show heads into its seventh season with its highest number of series regulars ever with 20.

 

Season eight — which likely will debut in October 2017 — will kick off withThe Walking Dead’s landmark 100th episode. Also returning is Chris Hardwick-hosted after-show Talking Dead. The early renewal comes as little surprise given the Scott M. Gimple-led drama’s ranking as the No. 1 show on TV among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The series, starring Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, has held that ranking for the past four seasons.

 

Season seven debuts Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m., followed by a special 90-minute Talking Dead broadcast live from Hollywood Forever Cemetery with all 11 cast members.

 

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement with a nod to Negan’s famous line from the comics and season six finale. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”
In addition to showrunner Gimple and Kirkman, The Walking Dead is exec produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

 

The Walking Dead is one of multiple series Kirkman has on his roster. He also co-created prequel Fear the Walking Dead, which has already been renewed for a third season in 2017, and has unscripted entry Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics‚ both at AMC, where he is under an overall deal. Beyond that, he has Cinemax’s Outcast, which the premium cable network renewed for a second season before its debut earlier this year. Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment banner is also developing multiple titles for TV, including his comic Thief of Thieves for AMC and Chronicles of Amber, which has yet to find a network.

 

The Walking Dead ranks as AMC’s longest-running series. Its roster of original scripted fare also includes Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Into the Badlands, Humans, Preacher, The Terror, The Son, Lodge 49 and the upcoming fourth and final seasons of Turn and Halt & Catch Fire.



Hordes of “Walking Dead” fans descended on Madison Square Garden Saturday night with the hopes of learning who wound up on the receiving end of new villain Negan’s bat at the close of last season.

 

Some came in elaborate costumes. There were assorted Ricks and Michonnes, one-eyed Carls and even a few Negans hefting barbed-wire bats.

 

Big spoilers about the show’s seventh season, which bows Oct. 23 on AMC, were not to be found at the show’s annual New York Comic Con panel, moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick. But there were some clues revealed at the end of the panel, thanks to a clip from the premiere that was well received by the adoring crowd.

 

Here’s what we learned:

 

  • Viewers will find out who’s getting beaten to death by Negan in the season premiere — no fakeouts, showrunner Scott Gimple promised. “It’s a weird feeling to be that powerless,” star Norman Reedus said of shooting the sixth season finale and seventh season premiere. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to get over that wall. I hated doing all that. It was miserable. It sucked, it really did.” Exec producer Greg Nictoreo, who directed the season opener, added: “Some of the most amazing moments were found not where you’re going to expect them.”
  • Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is worse than the Governor of season three fame. He’s got a “Barnum and Bailey style of justice,” according to Morgan, which viewers saw on display at the end of the season. And they’ll only see worse. But why would anyone follow such a brutal maniac? “It’s not just the charisma,” Morgan said. “A lot of people follow him out of fear of getting an iron to the face or worse. But he’s also kept a lot of people alive for a long time.”
  • Unlike previous seasons, which have been a little more contained, season will be more expansive, according to exec producer Gale Anne Hurd. We’ll see more of the “Walking Dead” universe, including King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his terrifying tiger Shiva.
  • Tara (Alanna Masterson) doesn’t know yet about the grisly fate that befell her lover Denise (Merritt Wever).
  • Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, was overcome with emotion at one point during the panel, forgetting the question Hardwick asked. Does that mean Maggie’s dead? Not necessarily, but such a reaction probably doesn’t bode well for viewers invested in Maggie’s emotional state.
  • Star Andrew Lincoln wasn’t at the panel, but Reedus told a story about him putting Reedus’ motorcycle on a boat and sending it floating into the middle of a lake. “With a sex doll on it,” Reedus added.


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