by Brett White
AMC is really enjoying doling out footage from "The Walking Dead's" season 4 premiere via a steady stream of fifteen second promos. At this rate, we'll have seen a whole act of the episode by the time it hits the small screen on October 13th!
Okay, maybe that's stretching it, but there have been two new promos released over the past few days, and they both offer a bit of insight into what's in store for Rick and company as the horror drama based on Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's runaway hit comic continues. First up: fan favorite character's Michonne and Daryl take the wheel!
FROM MTV GEEK
If you thought you weren't learning anything while watching "The Walking Dead," then think again. You're actually learning a lot about important subjects like politics, health, disease, and welfare as it relates to our everyday life—through the lens of a zombie apocalypse, of course. Because of this, the University of California Irvine is partnering with Instructure and AMC to launch a series of free online courses using Instructure's popular MOOC (massive open online course) model.
The eight-week course "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's 'The Walking Dead'" kicks off on October 14th, the first school day following the show's season four premiere. The course will feature lecture videos, self-check quizzes, reading resources and much more.
But why "The Walking Dead," and why now? "The themes in 'The Walking Dead' tie really nicely into the courses that we offer here, which ties very nicely into current events happening around the world," Melissa Loble, Associate Dean of Distance Learning at UC Irvine said in the revealing article over at MTV Geek. For much more info on the MOOC, be sure to check it out!
by Brett White
"The Walking Dead's" return is right around the corner, meaning that the promotion machine is in full-swing. Not that the show really needs promotion; where "Walking Dead" goes, legions of zombie fans follow, busting ratings records along the way. In addition to the rumors and TV spots, though, AMC has posted a video featuring "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman giving a guided tour of the newly expanded prison set that will serve as home base during the show's fourth season. From spaghetti bushes to stab stations, this prison has pretty much everything one needs to survive an ongoing apocalypse. Check out the video below, and thanks to MTV Geek for the heads up!
What do you think of "The Walking Dead's" expanded prison set? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!
The fourth season of "The Walking Dead" hits AMC in just a little bit over a month from now. While the show hasn't been afraid to make departures in the past, executive producer Greg Nicotero promises that an upcoming episode will borrow from Robert Kirkman's comics series "almost verbatim."
"It's really fascinating to make those slight departures, introduce new characters and then get to a situation where you take one episode and you really stick to the source material," he told The Hollywood Reporter in an extensive, cast and crew-spanning "Walking Dead" feature. "You'll be surprised about the way the characters lay out."
by Brett White
"There's walkers in D!"
Surely there's not a more frightening sentence for the survivors in "The Walking Dead" to hear than one that roughly translates to "there are zombies in our living room." This new TV spot for the show's upcoming fourth season may be brief, but it does give us just enough Glenn and Daryl action to hold us over until the show's return on October 13th. It looks like Rick's group's integration with the Woodbury residents is going about as well as could be expected, considering this is the relentlessly grim "The Walking Dead."
Check out the quick TV spot below, and then check out some of the new season's promo photos if you're still hungry for season four updates.
What are you most looking forward to in "Walking Dead" season four? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!
by Brett White
I know you're bummed about "Breaking Bad" ending its run soon, but if its any consolation, one AMC drama looks to be around for a long time to come. "The Walking Dead" television show, which has its fourth season premiere on October 13th, has a guaranteed lifespan that will be significantly longer than most of its cast. "We hope that zombies live forever, and we've just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like," said AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan back in May.
The show's immediate future is now starting to come into focus, with new photos being released at a steady pace. It started with an image of leading-man Rick back in May, followed by one of Daryl in July. Now Entertainment Weekly has revealed one of fan favorite character Michonne taking a much more reliable mode of transportation—a horse.
"With gas at a premium, with the fact that vehicles break down, I think we would return to the days of horseback riding and you can graze them as you go in a place like Georgia," said executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. "You don't have to carry food for them. They feed themselves, so to speak. It goes along with the new approach this season of sustainability... It's actually much more of a useful choice. Not only that, but Michonne looks so badass on it." Check out the badass photo after the jump!
by Brett White
Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
Of particular note this week: the "Killable" storyarc starts in Wolverine #8, get in on the ground floor of Marvel's new Infinity event, and get to know the Flash with the Rogue's Revolution hardcover!
by Brett White
Michonne became an instantly iconic character after debuting on the cover of "Walking Dead" #19, with her katana and zombie accompaniment setting her apart from everyone else in Rick's crew. So when the character slashed her way onto the small screen in AMC's "The Walking Dead," fans everywhere wondered how they would bring the character's armless and leashed undead companions to—for lack of a better word—life.
In a featurette included on the series' season 3 DVD and Blu-ray box set—due out on August 27th—executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and executive producer/special effects supervisor Greg Nicotero reveal just how they transformed actors Theshay West and Moses J. Moseley into Danai Gurira's sidekicks. Hint: it involves a few prosthetics, a lot of fake blood, and some stylish blue sleeves. Check out the whole video below!
What do you think of this new "Walking Dead" featurette? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!
Tony Chu is getting another shot at the screen.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that "Chew" is in line for another adaptation, after a planned television series at Showtime fell through. The Image Comics series from John Layman and Rob Guillory is now getting another chance through Quality Transmedia's Jeff Krelitz, who is producing an animated version of the food-centric detective series, with a live-action television adaptation still in development.
by Ryan Rigley
Last week, "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an in-depth interview about the upcoming fourth season of the crazy popular AMC series of the same name. In said interview, Kirkman discusses Michonne's lust for vengeance, the return of the Governor, and the newly-appointed "Walking Dead" showrunner, writer Scott Gimple.
With Gimple now at the forefront of the series, odds are we'll be seeing a lot more scenes from the Walking Dead comic popping up in the "Walking Dead" TV series. After all, Gimple is the first showrunner that was actually a fan of the comic books before production on season one even began. That being said, here are five things from the Walking Dead comic book that we hope to see in season four of "The Walking Dead."