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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
All about the new Walking Dead boss Angela Kang
Kang, whose first TV job was as an intern on Grey's Anatomy, is now the fourth showrunner on the AMC series, which she has been working on since Season 2. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman says Kang, who has written more than 20 episodes, "brings youthful vitality and energy. She has a great voice. We've definitely seen it shine through over various episodes over the seasons." Her predecessor Scott M. Gimple adds: "The newness of the narrative is driven by her vision. She's putting different things forward that we haven't seen before. But she's also been working on the show since season two. She knows it inside and out."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
The Walking Dead director Greg Nicotero describes filming the physical season finale
"This was much more physical," Nicotero says of the scene between Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. "These guys, we started shooting this scene, and I think the first three hours of the day, the guys were really physical and kind of rolling around. And then I was shooting the up angle on Andy and getting his moments where he says, 'Save him,' and at that point, I needed to give the actors a break to catch their breath, and then we turned around and shot some other stuff." ALSO: Scott M. Gimple says of the Lauren Cohan situation: "We will be telling peeps what’s up with all that soon."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale may be a turning point for the series that has long felt lost
Creator Robert Kirkman called last night's episode a "huge turning point" for Rick Grimes. But it felt like an important turning point for the series, says Laura Bradley. "With new showrunner Angela Kang stepping in for Season 9, the potential for change seems even more pronounced," she says. "After all, Fear the Walking Dead is already changing for the better with its own new show-runners in place. And while it seems too early to call this a surefire sign that The Walking Dead is deliberately changing its course, it’s certainly a step in the right direction."
- Scott M. Gimple on new showrunner Angela Kang: “She’s putting different things forward that we haven’t seen before"
- The Walking Dead will take a "quantum leap forward" next season: "The show will evolve in a huge way," says Gimple
- Season 8 finale was self-satisfied, obnoxious -- yet still gratifying
- The Walking Dead needs to shake itself up radically next season
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
The Walking Dead franchise boss on spinoff plans: "We're going to be doing traditional stuff, non-traditional stuff, stuff people don't expect"
Scott M. Gimple, who is moving up from showrunner to the franchise's chief content officer, says of potential new series: "Yes, definitely scripted. The odds of unscripted are very remote. But I'm not going to say no. We're going to have cool new Walking Dead stuff."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
The Walking Dead boss talks Carl's death, says the comic book time jump could still happen
"We wanted to tell this story where Carl, by affecting the people around him, especially Rick, wants to change the world and change what the world is to them, and then keeping that piece of the book," says Scott M. Gimple. "And, by the way, when I say we’re taking it, that isn’t to say that we might not get there in another way, obviously, but (it led to using) a version of what happened in the book, one of maybe many versions you could see on the show. But it very much was about Carl’s story first. It sprung from Carl’s story."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:46PM EST
The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs: "It really sucks to be off the show," but Carl's death "really made sense"
"When Scott kind of explained it all to me, it really made sense for the story and for everyone's characters," Riggers says of being told by showrunner Scott M. Gimple that his beloved character would die. "It made sense for it to drive the story forward and take it to where it's supposed to be going."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Carl's death will have a "nuclear" effect on The Walking Dead, says Scott M. Gimple
“It’s nuclear in how it affects the characters, how it affects the story, how it affects their world moving forward,” the outgoing Walking Dead showrunner tells Variety. “The death of this character, this young hero…it creates the last sort of conversation of who these people are going to be and how they’re going to move into the future. It might be very tragic. It might be very hopeful. It might be somewhere in between. Not all the characters are going to respond the same way, and the tragedy itself makes it very difficult to hear Carl’s words and to act on them in a way that he wants.” ALSO: Chandler Riggs admits to a Walking Dead mistake.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 3:30PM EST
Lauren Cohan joins ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier: Is she done with The Walking Dead?
Over the weekend, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple said he was "incredibly hopeful about" Cohan returning for Season 9 of the AMC series. “These things do happen in TV,” he told TV Line. “But we’re talking.” In the meantime, Cohan, one of the most popular actresses this pilot season, has signed on to co-star opposite Scott Foley on action-dramedy pilot Whiskey Cavalier, playing a fiery CIA operative opposite Foley's FBI agent. Her joining Whiskey Cavalier doesn't mean she's leaving The Walking Dead, since the pilot could still be rejected. Deadline also offers the possibility that Cohan could recur The Walking Dead for Season 9, even if she's attached to the ABC series.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Will AMC expand The Walking Dead universe?
The promotion of Scott M. Gimple to the title of “chief content officer” over both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead should pave the way for more cross-promotion between the two shows and even more shows within a Walking Dead universe.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
AMC renews The Walking Dead for Season 9 with a new showrunner, while promoting Scott M. Gimple
Gimple will oversee the entire Walking Dead franchise as chief content officer, while writer/co-exec producer Angela Kang will step up to become the executive producer and showrunner. Kang has been with the AMC seires since 2011, writing 20 episodes, including the accalimed “Coda” and “Still” episodes. Season 9 is scheduled to premiere in fall 2018.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
The Walking Dead deserves credit for a bold move that “got us on Sunday”
The midseason twist was a “serious surprise,” a very controversial move that was needed since such surprises had become a rarity on the AMC series, says Ben Lindbergh. “One of the complaints frequently levied against latter-day Dead is the plot armor that protects any person of importance,” says Lindbergh. “If the series’ characters were more deftly drawn, we wouldn’t want them to die; if its events were more logically and painstakingly plotted, we wouldn’t be convinced that they deserve to. As it is, the combination of inconsistent, sporadically likable characters and implausibly close calls creates the sense among self-loathing hate-watchers that we’ve been robbed of blood that was rightfully ours — a hard-earned reward for suffering through seven seasons (and counting), long after learning to stop expecting something else.’
- Father of The Walking Dead star blasts Gimple
- “Leaving Walking Dead wasn't my decision. It was all story-related"
- Gimple: “For what you've seen, no character is safe. That wasn't the point of it”
- Andrew Lincoln on Rick’s journey: "It's such an extraordinary story and in my heart, it deserves some resolution”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
The Walking Dead showrunner clears up any confusion on the midseason finale
Executive producer Scott M. Gimple previewed what will happen when the AMC series returns next year. ALSO: Andrew Lincoln weighs in on the midseason finale.