via press release:
AMC LAUNCHES “TALKING DEAD”
NETWORK’S FIRST LIVE after-SHOW PREMIERES FOLLOWING
“THE WALKING DEAD” ENCORE PRESENTATION, OCTOBER 16TH
CHRIS HARDWICK HOSTS HALF-HOUR, ON-AIR SERIES
FOLLOWED BY ADDITIONAL CONTENT ON AMCTV.COM
New York, NY – September 22, 2011 – AMC announced today “Talking Dead,” the network’s first live after-show that serves as a platform for discussion for AMC’s series, “The Walking Dead.” The half-hour episodes are produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row and are hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist; G4). “Talking Dead” premieres immediately following the encore presentation of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, October 16. Then beginning on Friday, November 4th the series follows "The Walking Dead’s" encore presentation at 11 pm EST.
“Talking Dead” features Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and tv enthusiasts, recapping that most recent “Dead” episode, and taking questions and comments from viewers. Fans may continue to engage with the after-show following the on-air conclusion, online, at amctv.com for more conversations, questions and trivia.
“As an ENORMOUS fan of both "The Walking Dead" comic and television show, I pretty much begged for this job. I'm fairly certain I slobbered on the phone while doing it. Dissecting the moves of Rick Grimes and the remaining survivors after every episode is something I would be doing with my friends anyway, so the fact that AMC is actually paying to do so is a bonus,” said Hardwick. “This half-hour after-show gives fans the opportunity to nerd out about the story in a very public forum: what they like, what they don't like, or what questions they may have. Additionally, it will better inform viewers on making intelligent decisions when faced with the zombie apocalypse, which will probably happen sooner or later.”
“Fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ are incredibly engaged with every aspect of the show. They tweet, blog, and post comments in very large numbers, and we wanted to give them an opportunity to interact with the show in a way that they don’t currently have – a kind of live water cooler,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content. “And, we knew we needed a great host, and are thrilled to have Chris Hardwick on board. He is genuinely knowledgeable about the genre, and truly entertaining.”
Michael Davies is the executive producer of “Talking Dead” for Embassy Row. Jen Kelly serves as co-executive producer.
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with AMC’s Docu-Stories, a slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE ftv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.
About Embassy Row
Embassy Row, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, is a New York City-based global format and digital production studio dedicated to developing cutting-edge original concepts and the most creative international formats for television networks, online and wireless distribution in the U.S. and around the world.