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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show: 'People have to die!'

Tonight’s episode of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead found Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes settling in at his new prison home. And by “settling in” we mean ensuring the demise of many of the prisoners who, literally, popped up at the end of last week’s show. “In the Walking Dead, people have to die!” chuckles executive producer, and Walking Dead comic writer, Robert Kirkman, the callous bastard. He’s not wrong, though. And at least Scott Wilson’s seemingly doomed Hershel made it through to the end of the show, if not exactly “intact.”

Below, Kirkman talks more about the show, not killing Hershel, and why Rick really is the last person you want knocking at your front door. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's bloody season premiere

Twenty-eight seconds. That’s how long it took Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes to make the first zombie kill in tonight’s season 3 premiere of AMC’s undead epic The Walking Dead. And it only took one more second for IronE Singleton’s T-Dog to make another.

Written by showrunner Glen Mazzara, “Seed” saw Rick and crew mowing down a horde of slavering ghouls as they attempted to take over the prison that seems likely to be one of the main locations of this third run of shows.

Although around half a year of onscreen time has passed since we last saw our post-apocalyptic heroes, the episode was very much of a piece with the action-packed shows that concluded the previous season. “Going back and doing quieter stories with less zombies just didn’t seem like the right move,” explains Robert Kirkman, writer of the Walking Dead comic and an executive producer on the show. “So we decided to plow ahead and make things a little more high octane.”

Below, Kirkman talks more about the episode, whether Daryl and Carol really are “screwing around” — and lunching on owls. Woo-hoo! READ FULL STORY

Death watch 2012: Fall TV survival status report

UPDATED, 10/10: It seems like only yesterday that we were predicting the longevity of duds like Charlie’s Angels and Free Agents for the 2011-12 season. (Yes we know: We can barely remember those pilots, either). But the networks have already been taking (premature desperate nonsensical strange) action on some of their new shows so that’s our cue: Time to start pontificating on survival rates!

Let’s look at how most of the shows are doing in viewers and especially adults 18-49, the demographic of most concern to advertisers. (“Most,” because some newbies have yet to debut.) Though some series started before the season’s official start date of Sept. 24, we’re focusing on the in-season performances of the new comedies and dramas. Here you go, in no particular order: READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' returns tonight: Sex! Ann Romney's Horse! And... Voltron?! A preview of the sitcom's last season


The election is about to take an outrageously absurd turn. No, we’re not talking about the ramifications of last night’s presidential debate — we’re talking about the final season of 30 Rock, premiering tonight on NBC, which will tackle the race for the White House in its own uniquely absurd way. Don’t like teases? Can’t handle spoilers? Hate geeky references to Voltron? Then good lord, man, stop reading! SPOILER WARNING!


'Raising Hope' creator Greg Garcia talks season 3: Will Maw Maw find love?

Raising Hope‘s bizarre but touching second season finale almost felt like a series finale — everything tied up nicely, and it paraded a bunch of minor characters, past and present, through a Seinfeld-ian courtroom scene. Luckily for us fans, the Chance family’s weird adventures are far from over. Show creator Greg Garcia teased for us what we can expect in season 3, which begins tonight. Read on for scoop on Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) relationship, whether Jimmy’s serial killer ex-wife Lucy (Bijou Phillips) is really dead, and whether Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) will find love any time soon. READ FULL STORY

'The Amazing Race': Phil Keoghan teases extreme reactions, extreme abs in season 21 -- VIDEO

If you need more convincing to watch this season of The Amazing Race after learning that two of the competitors are Chippendales dancers, then I’m not the person to do it. Host Phil Keoghan may just be, though. TAR 21, kicking off this Sunday just a week after the show picked up its ninth Emmy for Outstanding Reality Series, will travel to yet more far-flung locations, including China, France’s Loire Valley, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. But it’s the competitors themselves who have Keoghan most excited for this round of racing. Below, he previews what viewers can expect. Hint: There will be shirtlessness — lest you forget — as well as Fabulous Beekman Boys and the show’s first-ever double amputee. (And that’s without mentioning the metalheads and monster truckers!) He teases, “We are picking people to be on the show who we know will react in an extreme manner sometimes.”


'30 Rock' first look: Liz and Jack talk puzzles and, er, positions -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

30 Rock‘s return next Thursday will be bittersweet. As the title of season 7′s premiere indicates, this is “The Beginning of the End” — the first episode of Tina Fey’s sitcom’s last season. At least we know that the show will hit the ground running: the premiere features Jack (Alec Baldwin) developing an “unusual business strategy” that seems to involve driving NBC into the ground, Jenna (Jane Krakowski) doing her best bridezilla impression, and Hazel (Kristen Schaal) and Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) inviting Tracy (Tracy Morgan) to a dinner party at the “condemned site of the Candy Man Murders” — a.k.a. their apartment.

But before the madness begins, Liz (Fey) and Jack have their annual short catching-up powwow. She tells him how she spent her hiatus — hint: it involves a lot of puzzles — and that she and Criss (James Marsden) are “trying.” He, of course, wastes no time making her feel uncomfortable. Get a first look at their quippy exchange below:


'SVU' Q&A: Showrunner Warren Leight teases a season of suspicion -- and a '50 Shades'-inspired ep

leaving, in a way, opened up a lot of new possibilities. The thing that you worry about most is the thing that often works in your favor.”

Heading into season 14, which premieres tonight. SVU has some momentum to maintain. Leight is confident that introducing some new faces (Paget Brewster, Adam Baldwin) and dynamics (key word: suspicion) will be just the trick. If the show’s performance as NBC’s highest-rated drama finale last season is any indication, he may be on to something. Read what Leight has in store for SVU‘s double-barrel opener below, plus see how a certain ultra-popular erotic novel makes its way onto the show. READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'The Middle': Five things to look forward to about the new season

In May, ABC’s The Middle ended with a wedding, when Rusty (Norm Macdonald) haphazardly got hitched at the Heck home. Frankie (Patricia Heaton) went out of her way to try to make the day nice, but — as tends to happen to the Hecks — everything went to crap. And that — yes, crap! — tends to be a theme for the family sitcom, which will find itself mired in quite a lot more of the stuff this coming season.

Tonight’s hour-long season premiere picks up during what series co-creator Eileen Heisler is “the Hecks’ long, crappy summer. It’s a summer episode because we thought about how you never really get to see that. Last year, we saw a teeny little bit of summer vacation, but this takes us through the whole summer. Frankie and [her husband] Mike [Neil Flynn] want their kids to have a summer like they had when they were kids, with all the joys of summer. They want them to have that so they have something pleasant to look back on later, when their lives are crappy.” See, more crap?

Besides that opening-episode crap, here’s a preview of five things to look forward to when the season starts up again tonight at 8 p.m.:


ABC's 'The Neighbors': The story behind fall's craziest new show

ABC’s The Neighbors concerns a family that moves into a community…full of human-looking aliens…who communicate via something called a Pupar…and cry green goo from their ears. Yep, you’re thinking: Did TV time-travel back to 1996, when “wacky” sitcoms (see: 3rd Rock From the Sun) were all the rage?

How’d the season’s oddest new comedy come to be? Looking for answers, we grilled everyone who helped bring The Neighbors (which debuts tonight at 9:30 p.m., before moving to 8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 3) to life to discover how this wild concept — Pupar and all — landed on Earth.

Inspired by his mother’s condo development, Cars screenwriter Dan Fogelman — alongside producer Chris Koch — shopped the alien-human idea My Fellow Zabrovians (as it was then titled) to the networks, and Fox bought it. But after the writers’ strike hit in November 2007, the show’s development languished — and died — before a pilot was produced.
DAN FOGELMAN: It was fun going around town pitching people and seeing who we could stun out of the room and who would take it. My pitch for the show was, “We’re going to do the first season of The Cosby Show.”
CHRIS KOCH: Sometimes it’s just the genre — aliens — that makes us a target.
FOGELMAN: Alien comedy is a genre of storytelling that’s only been done four times [successfully] on television in 50 years: ALF, Mork & Mindy, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and My Favorite Martian. To those who are quick to dismiss [The Neighbors], the only thing I say to them is, There are 15 alien movies that come out every summer. So what’s the problem?


'Supernatural' season 8: Dean and Sam reunite; Castiel's fate revealed (sort of) -- VIDEO

Something is off about Dean in this sneak peek from Supernatural‘s upcoming season 8 premiere. And it’s bone-chilling.

After spending a year in Purgatory “running for [his] life,” though, no one can blame him for being a little on edge. What’s important is that the brothers are back together — but it doesn’t look like Castiel will be joining them any time soon.

“Cas didn’t make it,” Dean reveals to Sam in the clip. “Something happened to him down there. Things got pretty hairy toward the end, and he just let go.”

So…Cas is dead!? Maybe. “I saw enough,” Dean says in a tense moment.

Watch it below:


'Once Upon a Time' season 2 premiere: Regina faces an angry mob -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

We’ve been waiting all summer to see what the arrival of Magic would mean for the residents of Storybrooke. Now, per this exclusive clip from the upcoming season premiere, we know it means trouble for at least one member of the town.

I may be alone in my sympathy for evil Regina, but I can’t help but feel bad as she realizes [Spoiler alert!] that all her powers are gone.

Watch as she learns this in front of an angry mob of townsfolk, and make sure to catch the season 2 premiere on Sept. 30 on ABC.

'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman confirms New York Comic-Con plans


Walking Dead comic writer — and Walking Dead TV show executive producer – Robert Kirkman will participate in a string of panels and signing events during this year’s New York Comic-Con, which runs at the Javits Center, October 11-14.


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