AMC Renews 'Comic Book Men' And 'Talking Dead'

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May 9th, 2012

via press release:




AMC Orders 16 Episodes for Second Seasons of Unscripted Series


New York, NY – May 9, 2012 – AMC announced today a second season pick-up for its unscripted series “Comic Book Men” and “Talking Dead.” “Comic Book Men” is executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series continues to delve into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. “Talking Dead,” the network’s first live after show that serves as a platform for discussion for AMC’s series “The Walking Dead,” is executive produced by Michael Davies and co-executive produced by Jen Kelly from Embassy Row. Chris Hardwick  (Nerdist; G4) is the host. Season two of both series consists of 16 half-hour episodes.


"Pinch my fat ass, 'cause I must be dreaming! A thousand thank you's wouldn't cover the gratitude I'm feeling right now. And as you might imagine, everyone at SModcast Pictures is in love with everyone at AMC today! Rest assured, Walt, Bry, Mike, Ming and I are suited up and ready to hit the ice for our second season with Team AMC,” said Smith.


“AMC set out to build shows around authentic characters and original worlds, and ‘Comic Book Men’ really delivers on both of these. Charlie Corwin and Kevin have created a truly unique show that is funny and informative - whether you like comic books or not; and the guys from The Stash are the kind of real life experts we always wanted to build the show around,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “'Talking Dead’ is just great synergy and it gives our audience a destination to continue the conversation about ‘The Walking Dead.’ We are thrilled that Chris is back to lead the discussion. He is genuinely knowledgeable about the genre, and truly entertaining.”


“‘Talking Dead’ has been an amazing experience and I cannot pile enough hugs and thanks onto AMC for renewing it. I CAN'T WAIT for Season 3 of Walking Dead, so that we can finally talk about Rick meeting [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]-ing him with a heavy-duty [SPOILER] at the [SPOILER]. And let's not forget all the rest of the [SPOILER]s getting in on the action! [EXPLETIVE] me! It's going to be great...,”said Hardwick.


“Comic Book Men” allows viewers to see the Secret Stash’s staff and customers geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them.  Leading the crew behind the Secret Stash counter are moody manager Walt, uber-nerd Mike, career slacker Bryan and Ming, the shop’s go-to whipping boy.  As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the series. AMC’s season one of “Comic Book Men” reigns as the most engaging reality program on television.*


*Source: Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG), STD (09/12/11 - 4/29/12), A18-49 & A25-54, premiere episodes. All measured primetime broadcast and cable programs included.



“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 for more conversations, questions and trivia.


AMC’s Stillerman, Mary Conlon, Vice President of Non-Scripted Original Programming, Jason Fisher, SVP of production and Ari Mark, director of development, oversee the development and production for the network’s unscripted series.

  • Nick

    LMAO @ “The Talking Dead”!!!
    Best laugh I’ve had in a while

  • The End


    Hmmm? What’s so funny? Talking Dead is just a live after show discussion, stick around after each Walking Dead ep is over for this, it’s pretty good.

  • reebi

    16 half-hour episodes?

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    16 episodes = 16 episodes for the Walking Dead?

  • Harris

    My guess is it will be Walking Dead, then 30 min. Talking Dead, then 30 min. Comic Book Men.

    The ratings on the finale Talking Dead when it happened immediately after the finale of Walking Dead were insanely high. During an episode where Talking Dead aired after Comic Book Men, ratings were typically around 1 million viewers, with about a 0.65 A18-49 average.

    During the episode when it aired after the finale, it garnered 4.3 million viewers with a 2.3 A18-49. Obviously they wouldn’t pass up on the opportunity for those kinds of ratings on such an inexpensively produced show.

  • Harris

    I should also point out that Talking Dead, even in its later time slot was beating Comic Book Men, so it makes complete sense for them to do this.

  • gregg

    gave up on walking dead, didnt care for this show either.

  • groove365

    Comic Book Men will be better with 30 minutes instead of 60.
    Let’s be real not much exiting happens at a comic book store.

  • Fake Me Out

    Comic Book Men is the greatest TV show of all time! Well, perhaps an weeee bit of an overstatement … but I enjoyed the 6 episodes from season 1 and am glad to see it’s coming back.


  • The End


    Likely down to there being a lot of fans who would just sit and chill after watching a good episode of any show really and listen to discussions about the episode and stuff in general.

    I bet if HBO did the same with Game of Thrones it’d rate quite well.

  • Polar Bear

    i’d much rather have another drama than either of these

  • DW

    i prefer talking talking dead. where they talk about the talking dead. i a great promo for it on funny or die once. :)

  • MattM

    Talking Dead would be better minus Chris Hardwick.

  • Ekras

    gregg – We didn’t expect you to watch this if you had given up on walking already…. which by the way was a BAD decision – one of the best shows to come along…. well ever….

  • Paul

    Glad to see that Talking Dead and Comic Book Men have been renewed! I really enjoyed watching both shows.

  • Teag

    Would rather see Thunderstruck or Low Winter Sun greenlit.

  • AC75

    Don’t get CBM but TTD was usually pretty fun when they had decent guests on.

  • kyle

    happy for Comic Book Men thats a show I can watch!!

  • gregg

    ekras- i find it hard to call it one of the best show, i did see the rest a few week ago, and stand by my claim. Its a shame that out of 13 episodes, the last 2 were the only good ones all season. If that your idea of “greatest show ever”,. then i have some swamp land in the Florida Everglades i’d like to sell you. BTW its endorsed by the Walking dead family. But it will cost you

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