The Walking Dead returned on Sunday. And not only is it the first episode of season 4, but it will also mark the first episode of the Scott M. Gimple era. Gimple, a writer on the past two seasons of the AMC drama, replaces Glen Mazzara as showrunner. Mazzara, of course, himself replaced original showrunner Frank Darbaont. So there has been quite a bit of replacing going on. It’s kind of like a semi-famous Minneapolis punk band or a goofy Keanu Reeves movie.
So what will the new season feel like under Gimple? Well, star Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, has a word you might not expect to describe it. “This season is very beautiful,” said Yeun when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this week. Come again? Beautiful? Yep. Yeun went on to tell Jenna Morasca and me how the emphasis on character development and story will lead to some truly touching moments. Of course, those moments are just designed to crush us that much more when horrible things start happening to the characters we love the most. I know, diabolical.
Yeun also talked about the evolution of Glenn (“He’s seen the horrors of this world more than anybody else”), losing so many of his castmates in last season’s bloodbath, and why “we’ve all been Obamaed.” What does he mean by that? Well, you can listen to the whole thing now on the InsideTV Podcast and find out. Just click on the audio player icon below as Yeun previews what to expect in tonight’s big season premiere.
But that’s not all. Jenna and I also welcomed Connie Britton into the EW Radio studio to talk about both Nashville and Friday Night Lights. Connie candidly tells us what she loves —and doesn’t love — about her ABC drama. And she also gamely answers my query as to what — or who — is holding up the much anticipated Friday Night Lights movie we keep hearing rumors about. Britton is as delightful as always, and you’ll enjoy getting a helping of Tami Taylor/Rayna James.
And for your reality fans, Jessica Shaw and I also chatted with the latest person to be eliminated from Survivor: Blood vs. Water. How does Marissa Peterson feel about being voted out due to her uncle’s excessive taunting? And how does she feel about the man she cursed out on public television — Brad Culpepper? Listen in to find out!
It is a can’t-miss podcast and you can click on the audio player icon below to enjoy the whole thing for yourself. You can also download the entire podcast right here. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. To send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. And to hear more interviews and television discussion and debate, check out Entertainment Weekly Radio channel 105 on SiriusXM.