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'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's game-changing season finale, 'Beside the Dying Fire'

You know those episodes of The Walking Dead in which people don’t get eaten, zombies don’t get blasted with guns, and major plot points destined to impact the show in drastic, game-changing ways don’t get introduced? Well, tonight’s second-season finale of the AMC was not one of those.


'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode and THAT [SPOILER!]: 'I am a madman!'

After the shocking end to last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, the writing staff of AMC’s zombie show might have been forgiven for taking a week off,, mayhem-wise. They could, for example, have filled out the histories of Hershel and his family, or gotten Rick to put together a PowerPoint presentation explaining where exactly the search for Sophia went awry.


'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode and that shocking [SPOILER!]

KABOOM!!! Yes, undead fans, the latest episode of AMC’s record-breakingly popular, post-apocalyptic, zombie show The Walking Dead concluded tonight with a shot that was heard all around the world — or at least all around a cow pasture somewhere in Georgia.

Did the show end with Michael Zegen’s Randall being executed by our band of survivors? No! In another bait-and-switch by the show’s writers the victim was the Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale, the man who had spent most of episode trying to save Randall’s life only to have his own zombie-ravaged body be put out of its misery by Norman Reedus’ Daryl.

Below, Walking Dead comic writer — and TV show executive producer — Robert Kirkman talks about the episode, pays tribute to DeMunn, and kicks himself for not having the sense to steal Dale’s hat.


'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about the casting of David Morrissey as 'The Governor'

Last week, it was announced that British actor David Morrissey (the TV version of State of Play) had been cast as the Governor in the yet-to-be-shot third season of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead. The Governor is easily the most infamous villain yet to appear in the comic book version of the post-apocalyptic undead saga and the subject of who would (and should) play him had been the subject of much debate amongst fans.

Below,Walking Dead comic writer and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman explains how they decided Morrissey was their man.


'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'Triggerfinger'

Tonight’s episode of the Walking Dead had something for everyone — well, everyone who likes shootouts, facial woundings, and grotesquely impaled limbs. Yes, season two of AMC’s hugely successful zombie show finally put the mayhem pedal to the metal as Rick, Hershel, and Glenn blasted their way out of the bar and Lori put the skewered zombie head into driver’s ed. Below, Walking Dead comics scribe and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about the episode, the show’s record ratings, and the disgusting politeness of Andrew Lincoln.


'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks about 'Nebraska' and previews the rest of the season: 'Things just keep getting worse from here'

On tonight’s midseason premiere of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead our band of postapocalyptic survivors continued to mourn their beloved Sophia. Who is this girl, the Kim Jong-il of zombiefied tykes? In fairness, while it’s been many a week since we last saw Rick and crew, no time at all has passed for them. Moreover, there was plenty of other stuff happening in “Nebraska” as Lori contrived to have a car accident (despite the fact she may have been the only person on the planet actually driving at that moment) and two strangers (Michael Raymond-James and Aaron Munoz) walked into a bar (alas, as neither of them were a horse or French I don’t have a joke for that).


'Walking Dead' return sneak peek: Who are those guys? -- VIDEO

AMC has just posted a preview clip from “Nebraska,” the first of the new Walking Dead episodes which debuts on February 12. In the footage, Rick and Hershel’s post-apocalyptic chinwaggery is interrupted by the arrival of two unfamiliar-looking folks, one of whom declares,”Son of a bitch, they’re alive.”

The big question? Who are those masked men (or, at least, those shot-in-the-middle-distance-with-the-light-behind-them men)?

Frankly, my dears, I don’t have a clue. What’s your best guess? READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode and teases next week's 'shocking' finale

In tonight’s episode of the Walking Dead Steven Yeun’s self-confessed blabbermouth Glenn revealed all to Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale (“There’s walkers in the barn and Lori’s pregnant!”) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) finally told Rick (Andrew Lincoln) about her affair with Shane (Jon Bernthal) after informing Dale that the baby is her husband’s (that’s her story, anyway, and she’d probably be wise to stick with it).

Elsewhere, Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) got horizontal — or as horizontal as people can get in the driving seat of a car — and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn almost became walker chow while getting Lori’s “abortion pills.”

Below, Walking Dead writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman — who also pens the long-running Walking Dead comic — talks about “Secrets” and teases next week’s midseason finale. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks last night's episode: 'Bloodletting'

“Bloodletting” is a title you could give to pretty much any episode of AMC’s gore-drenched, zombie-filled Walking Dead. But it was a particularly apt one for Sunday night’s show, which found the stricken Carl (Chandler Riggs) being given transfusions of the red stuff from his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln) following the young ‘un’s shooting at the end of the season premiere. Said transfusions took place on a farm belonging to new character Hershel (Scott Wilson), a venue that seems likely to be the characters’ base for the next few episodes (at least those who can get there alive. IronE Singleton’s T-Dog was looking rather peaky by end of the show and heaven knows what’s happened to Madison Lintz’s Sophia).

Below, Robert Kirkman — who pens the Walking Dead comic and is one of the show’s writers — talks about the episode, why Shane (Jon Bernthal) is “a good guy,” and his enthusiasm for the idea of a Walking Dead breakfast cereal. READ FULL STORY

HBO's adaptation of 'The Corrections' adds Dianne Wiest, close to securing Chris Cooper

HBO’s adaptation of The Corrections is one step closer to reality with the addition of one (and likely two) Academy Award winners: Dianne Wiest has agreed to star in the prospective series, while Chris Cooper is close to signing on as well, EW has confirmed. (Deadline first reported the news.)

Wiest — whose last TV gig was on the HBO drama In Treatment — and Cooper would play the troubled Midwestern parents of three adult children. The author of the acclaimed 2001 novel, Jonathan Franzen, is penning the script with Noah Baumbach, who would direct the pilot, while Scott Rudin is serving as executive producer. The network has yet to give the greenlight for a pilot — emphasis on yet.

'Parks and Recreation': Read Ron Swanson's nature diary, excerpted from 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope has done a lot of an ambitious things in her lifetime — construct her own Geraldine Ferraro popsicle stick action figure, eat more than a thousand dollars of waffles in one year at J.J.’s Diner  – but now our optimistic parks department deputy director has outdone herself: She’s written a book all about Pawnee, Ind.!

Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, which hits stores Oct. 4, is a complete history of the not-quite-vibrant town made famous on the NBC comedy. (Fans of the show will remember that Leslie had referenced such an opus in season 3’s “Time Capsule” episode.) “It’s a Let’s Go‑type travel guide to Pawnee, mixed with a historical record of everything that’s ever happened in the town,” explains executive producer Mike Schur. “But the premise of the book is that she also got her friends to contribute. So Andy writes about the old Pawnee-versus-Eagleton high school football rivalry, and Ann writes about the 10 weirdest injuries she’s seen working at the hospital. And Leslie can’t stop herself. The book’s got 200 footnotes. There’s an author’s note, a forward, and an acknowledgements page. And a second acknowledgements page. And an epigraph. And then another [two pages] of epigraphs. It might be the craziest tie‑in book project ever attempted, because it’s the entire history of a medium-sized town, but written from the point of view of a slightly crazy person.”

Want a hit of Pawnee lit? EW has secured two exclusive excerpts from the book. You will find the first, “April’s Guide to Hipster Pawnee,”  in this week’s issue, which arrives on stands today. The second, “The Solitude of Nature: A Diary,” was reluctantly submitted by Ron Swanson, which as he notes, was “typed on an Underwood 5 typewriter with original carriage return that I found in a dumpster and completely restored.” Read it below at your own risk, and not just because he calls Thoreau “kind of a p—y.” READ FULL STORY

Chuck Lorre hints at tell-all book in 'Two and a Half Men' vanity card

The legal wrangling may be over, but Two and Half Men‘s Chuck Lorre isn’t completely recovered from his ordeal with Charlie Sheen — despite taking such glee in literally burying his show’s star character last week. After last night’s episode, Lorre’s vanity card referenced the recent legal settlement but hinted that this might not be the producer’s final word on the matter.

“Sometime last year I realized I had become the unwilling contestant in a reality show. I didn’t understand the rules, wasn’t sure if there even were any, and pretty much hated every second of it. For many months I kept hoping and praying that it would end. But it did not. Somewhere along the way, something inside me died. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe': Joshua Jackson pens key mythology tale in new digital comic 'Beyond the Fringe' -- FIRST LOOK

Now we know what happened to Peter Bishop after he disappeared from history in last May’s season finale of Fringe — he took a job writing comics.

In advance of the Fox’s sci-fi saga’s season four premiere on Friday (9/8c PM), DC Entertainment is launching Beyond The Fringe, a new comic book series that fans of the show can buy for 99 cents via digital download. The first installment — available this afternoon at — is written by Joshua Jackson himself and drawn Jorge Jimenez. (Cover art is by Drew Johnson.) New issues will post every two weeks and will alternate between “A storylines” and “B storylines.” The former will explore uncharted regions of the show’s mythology; the latter will feature “what if?” tales that imagine variations of events and adventures.

Jackson’s three-part “A” arc is entitled “Peter and The Machine” and takes place between the events depicted in the season three finale and the forthcoming season premiere. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television supplied EW with a two-page excerpt from the comic, sans captions and word balloons. However, since we watch Fringe wayyy too closely, we might surmise the context.  READ FULL STORY

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