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'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode, 'Chupacabra'

The most recent episode of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead was notable for the unexpected appearance by a legendary, terrifying beast whose regular diet probably includes recently slain, uncooked woodland creatures .

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'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about the latest episode, 'Cherokee Rose'

The latest episode of The Walking Dead was probably the most romantic to date. Then again, it is no insult to AMC’s zombie show to suggest the competition is not tough in that department.

Regardless, “Cherokee Rose” found Glenn (Stephen Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) consummating their relationship in a ransacked pharmacy (hey, zombie apocalypse survivors can’t be choosers). Elsewhere, Daryl (Norman Reedus) temporarily took a break from his undead-thwocking duties to cheer up Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) with a monologue about the flower which gave the episode its title; Lori (SarahWayne Callies) discovered she was pregnant; and we all found out soggy zombies don’t regard canned ham as an acceptable substitute for uncanned brains.

Below, Walking Dead writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman — who also pens the Walking Dead comic — ruminates on the show’s sex scene (or absence of one), the gentler side of Daryl Dixon, and why yours truly is apparently a “hack” writer.  READ FULL STORY

Michael Shannon talks last night's 'Boardwalk Empire,' and General Zod's 'cumbersome' costume

Last night’s episode of Boardwalk Empire marked a pivotal turning point for lawman Nelson Van Alden, who has spent the first half of this season trying to keep his baby mama Lucy a secret from his loving wife (to say nothing of his fellow Prohibition agents). We talked to actor Michael Shannon — currently in the midst of a busy year that includes the recent release of the lauded Take Shelter and production on 2013’s Superman reboot Man of Steel — about the big developments in last night’s episode. (As a bonus, he talked a little bit about taking over for Terence Stamp as General Zod, too!)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Van Alden clearly considers himself to be a righteous man. How did he justify his relationship to Lucy to himself? Was his plan to give this baby to his wife?
MICHAEL SHANNON: The idea was that he could somehow get away with claiming that this baby was left on a quote-unquote doorstep. He somehow managed to almost pull it off. If you step away and look at it, it is a ludicrous plan. 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

Fox looking to bring Marvel's 'The Punisher' to the small screen

Prime time might want to brace itself for a different kind of Castle.

Fox is aiming to make a TV series featuring Marvel comic book character The Punisher. The procedural drama would center on New York City detective Frank Castle, who seeks justice on the side as a merciless vigilante named The Punisher.

The project — which has been given a pilot commitment with a penalty if it doesn’t air — is from Ed Bernero (Third Watch, Criminal Minds), who is also developing a sci-fi western titled The Eye at ABC.

The Punisher property was most recently adapted into two feature films, the first in 2004 with Thomas Jane as Castle, the second in 2008 with Ray Stevenson in the title role. Both were box office disappointments.

'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks season premiere (and that traumatic ending)

Last night’s special, 90-minute episode of the Walking Dead got the second season of AMC’s zombie show off with a bang. Specifically, the show ended with one as Carl (Chandler Riggs) was gunned down. The moment was shocking — if not a huge surprise for fans of the Walking Dead comic, in which Rick’s son has demonstrated a magnetic attraction for bullets over the years.

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Norman Reedus talks action figure-envy, Lady Gaga, and season 2 of the 'Walking Dead': 'It's soooooo f--ing dark!'

Can Walking Dead fans get too much of Norman Reedus? That’s like asking if his zombie-slaying redneck character Daryl Dixon can, well, slay too many zombies. Here at Inside TV, we say “No!” to both questions. Which is why, after Dalton Ross was done yakking with the Boondock Saints star on this week’s podcast, I grilled him further about the second season of the Walking Dead — which premieres on AMC tonight at 9 P.M. ET — working with Lady Gaga, and why Michael Rooker thinks he is a “Poopy pants.”
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'Walking Dead' showrunner Glen Mazzara talks about season 2 (but not about how he got his job)

Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara has teased the second season of AMC’s zombie show in an interview on the AMC website. The new showrunner explained that the show’s second season will follow Robert Kirkman’s original comic series by in large part taking place at a farm belonging to a character named Hershel. “In the graphic novel the story that takes place on Hershel’s farm is really only a few issues,” said Mazzara. “We’ve been able to mine that for many episodes, and we’re very excited about the depth to which we’re able to push the characters, the different dynamics that we’re able to explore. Our approach to our group of survivors when they reach Hershel’s farm is that they are a plague unto themselves. Nothing goes right for Hershel once Rick and his band show up. They make the zombie apocalypse look like kids in a candy story. What’s interesting is that if this was a show solely about Hershel, Rick and his band would really be the antagonists. And that’s been really surprising because every action that Rick and his band take is completely logical, but you’ll certainly sympathize with Hershel.”

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Comic-Con 2011: Greg Nicotero partners with Robert Kirkman to produce line of 'Walking Dead' merch -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment imprint has joined forces with legendary make-up effects wizard Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Grindhouse) to produce a line of products based on Kirkman’s long-running undead comic and other Skybound titles. “I was so jealous when I saw what Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX Group created for AMC’s The Walking Dead television show that I sat down with him to see if he’s be interested in working his magic on The Walking Dead comic book series,” Kirkman said in a statement. “Luckily he agreed, and now I get to see awesome 3-D representations of the zombies that have appeared in the comic book over the years.”

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Sean Astin voicing Raphael in new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- EXCLUSIVE

When you consider that the title sounds like the caffeinated fever dream of a particularly excitable eight-year-old, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has had so many incarnations: Gritty monochromatic independent comic book, beloved ’80s cartoon, mega-grossing feature-film trilogy, an endless assortment of action figures, fondly-remembered videogames, a second animated series that ran for several years in the 2000s, and a big-screen animated reboot.

Next year, Nickelodeon will relaunch Turtles as a new animated series, and EW can report exclusively that Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings‘ Sam, The Goonies‘ Mikey, and Rudy‘s Rudy) will be voicing red-masked Raphael. He’ll be joined by a cast that includes Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Greg Cipes as Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen as Donatello. The series will be executive produced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, and is currently set to debut in Fall 2012, although select fans can get an exclusive first look at the reimagined Turtles at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con. EW caught up with Astin to talk about his role in the new Turtles series, why Lord of the Rings led him into voiceover work, and his favorite cartoons growing up.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Raphael has typically been portrayed as the grumpiest Turtle. Is that still true in the new series?
SEAN ASTIN: Do you mean to say the coolest?

Well, he was explicitly “cool, but rude” in the original cartoon. Is he still rude?
He’s still working through issues. He’s really good at what he does, and he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Sometimes that arrogance can get him in a little bit of trouble. READ FULL STORY

Is there still hope for 'Locke & Key'?

The producers of Locke & Key aren’t giving up without a fight. Though Fox passed on the buzzworthy pilot that’s based on a comic book by Joe Hill, sources say 20th Century Fox TV is talking to Syfy and The CW about picking up the project.

The latter seems less likely, since the fifth broadcast network tends to skew toward young female viewers and next season’s schedule is pretty locked in at this point. But the project is completely on brand for Syfy, if the economics could make the show work on basic cable. Don’t get your hopes up, though, fans: Making the leap from broadcast pilot to a cable network doesn’t happen very often, and Locke isn’t the only busted genre pilot to approach the cable network. But know there’s still attempts being made to get this on the air.

'Smallville': Eric Martsolf on arrival of Booster Gold, Tom Welling's directing skills

. He just has this giant smile on his face and goes, ‘Boooooster.’ And I go, ‘Claaaark.’ It was like we instantly had this understanding about how these guys should get along,” Martsolf says. “It was like two kids in a candy store.”

In a chat with EW, Mansolf talks about getting his chance to play Booster Gold, working with star Tom Welling — who also directed tonight’s aptly titled episode, “Booster” — and even touches on the cancellation of two legendary soaps.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like bringing Booster Gold to life? On the show he’s kind of a trip — has a bit of an ego. READ FULL STORY

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