News Briefs: The Walking Dead Will Re-Air Its Pilot in Black and White

NIGHT OF THE LIVING WALKING DEAD NEWS

... How cool is this? AMC is putting on a big The Walking Dead "Season 3 preview weekend" on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, and will air the series' pilot in black and white, a clear homage to the granddaddy of all zombie movies, Night of the Living Dead (it also pays respect to the Walking Dead comic). It may be gimmicky, but COME ON! Respect for your inspirations! Love the idea, and what a perfect way to watch the pilot again. AMC will also marathon Seasons 1 and 2 over the course of the weekend, debut a scene from Season 3, and air a special episode of Talking Dead. [AMC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Remember when History's Hatfields & McCoys broke a ratings record for ad-supported cable shows that weren't sports shows and we were all like, "Well that was total B.S."? Well, the miniseries wrapped up its three-episode run on Wednesday and the third installment set a NEW record: 14.3 million people watched the conclusion, breaking the record set just two days ago for most total viewers for a non-sports ad-supported cable broadcast. In comparison, people lost their poo-poo when The Walking Dead drew just over 9 million viewers for its Season 2 finale. [History via press release]

... Lionsgate is talking about taking three of its movies and turning them into television series. The Expendables, Red, and Step Up are all being eyed for serialization on the small screen. Of course, none of these will work (who wants to see The Expendables without marquee names?), but hey, give it a shot Lionsgate! [Deadline Hollywood]

... "Whitney has a new showrunner, so all of its problems will soon be solved," said Mr. Sarcastic. Friends producer Wil Calhoun will takeover the comedy, which barely survived to see SEason 2 and has been ousted to Friday nights on NBC. Yes, I know Community is also on Fridays now, but it's not the same. [EW]

... The Academy of Television and Whatever has decided that, just like us, it thinks the awards for miniseries and made-for-TV movies are boring. The next Emmys ceremony will condense its acting awards for the minis and movies by getting rid of the supporting category and combining them with the lead acting category. This should provide the valuable extra minutes Billy Crystal needs to sing about the foreign movies category. [EW]

... Oh hey girl! Honey Boo Boo Child be getting her own show! Toddlers and Tiaras "star" Alana, a.k.a. "Honey Boo Boo" a.k.a. "Future White-Trash Stripper" a.k.a. "Future Co-Star on Whitney" is getting a spin-off. Good God, kill me already. [TLC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Kate Walsh is probably leaving Private Practice next season. The actress portrays Addison Montgomery, the centerpiece of the Grey's Anatomy spin-off. But given that next season will likely be the show's last, she won't be alone. Earlier this week, Tim Daly was let go from the series. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jerry Seinfeld will guest-star in the third season of Louis C.K.'s FX comedy Louie, in a move that makes total sense. Seinfeld and Louis C.K. go way back, and have teamed up in the past to talk comedy on HBO's Talking Funny. [Hollywood.com]

... Emma Stone. Sorry, lost my train of thought. Emma Stone will guest-star on Nickelodeon's iCarly as a superfan of the show-within-a-show. Stone is on her way to superstardom and she takes time out to do a Nick show? Awesome. And crazy. [EW]

... True Blood will welcome Veronica Mars' Tina Majorino in a recurring role. She'll play a member of the Vampire Authority starting in the upcoming fifth season's third episode. [TV Line]

... Very cool guy J.R. Martinez will guest-star on Lifetime's Army Wives as a therapist who works with war veterans. Martinez, a former wounded vet himself in real life, used to star on All My Children and won the 13th edition of Dancing With the Stars. It's great when success comes to people who deserve it. [EW]

... Lifetime is looking into salvaging Marc Cherry's rejected pilot Devious Maids. The show from the Desperate Housewives creator follows four Latina maids who work in Beverly Hills but have big aspirations. [EW]


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Does anyone know what time the B & W pilot ep is airing ??? i need to see this !!!
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I will be glued to my tv july 7th through 8th.. haha :)
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yay for J.R. Martinez! I hope he gets all he deserves, and others like him.
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Cool news on Walking Dead but it sounds more like a Darabont thing than a homage. The dude loves doing black and white. Willing to wager a b n w copy's been sitting around since before the show started.

As for the movie -> tv convertions Red is something i could actually see working, spot on about the expendables Tim - take out the big names and you 're not left with much (seen it twice, loved it, couldn't tell you what it was about) and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE no step up TV show. Just do another crappy sequel. It's easier to avoid.
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I just heard that death valley season 2 wont be renewed on mtv but their trying to shop it around. Fingers crossed.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/-death-valley--won-t-return-to-mtv-for-a-second-season.html
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I can't wait to see Tina Majorino on True Blood!
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others may have said this but i thinks its just because the comic is in black and white, tho thats probably a homage to night of the living dead. its not trying to be arty or pretentious, its just a fun nod to the fans either way
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I understand why the Emmys are getting rid of miniseries and made-for-tv, they were huge in the '70s and '80s but have since faded from use, they generally aren't "important" tv to the public no matter how good they are, so they don't really garner as much screentime, and the Emmys are all about expensive screentime.
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Oh boy, Whitney is getting a new showrunner and it's someone from Friends, which was already ultra sitcommy which is the problem with Whitney in the first place, seems like a home run to third base and he's out at first.
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Real risk-taking there, Lionsgate. RED seems unlikely to get made, since it has comic book licensing to deal with. You make a good point about The Expendables, but it has zero competition in the upcoming year for action TV, so I won't count it all the way out just yet. Step Up seems like it was made for tv, urban dance movies should only be on tv.
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Cool! Pretty nice tribute to the classic zombie flick.
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Interesting to see it in Black and White.
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Tina Majorino!! Super underrated. Good for her.
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Could they possibly come up with any idea that would make the Walking Dead feel any slower and more plodding? Yes. Take out the color to go with the life. Awesome idea guys!
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I can't be bothered in watching people talk for hours on end while a few action scenes are thrown in. Making it black and white does not add value or make it artsy or what ever they are thinking it would accomplish. It's one thing if this was a zombie apocalypse in the 50's as that would make sense. But seeing modern cars and people in black in white is just... boring.
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About The Walking Dead, I think this is good. They were gone for too long. I practically forgot the simple details of the story. This is a fun recap with its very own theme.
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Cheers to JR Martinez! Totally agree with your last statement in that news brief, Tim S.
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Respect for The walking dead
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Say what? Supporting categories get no respect as is. Balls to that I say. As for Honey Boo Boo Child, I support this. She is the funniest little thing I have seen in a long time! And saddest.
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Well.. Billy Crystal singing about foreign movies would actually take place at the Oscars, not the Emmys. Almost made that joke work.
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"Yes, I know Community is also on Fridays now, but it's not the same. "



sadly i think it is to nbc
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Tina Majorino joining true blood is awesome news. only watch a couple seasons of big love but have been thoroughly enjoying her on bones.



i actually watched a couple episodes of icarly with my niece and oddly enough enjoyed them.
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I agree with the first guy, I might be interested in watching the whole series in B&W. Also, as a somewhat avid fan of iCarly, I am very excited to see Emma Stone as a guest star.
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honestly, color was invented for a reason.. black and white doesn't make anything seem artsy like people think it does.. i'm glad the original wasn't in black and white, i'd have turned it off probably



i never understood why people leave their own show but whatever, good for her for leaving. it was only good for a season or two. maybe she'll go back to Grey's Anatomy, that's where she was best.



EMMA STONE! this will probably be the second episode of iCarly i'll have ever seen.



also, TINA MAJORINO! between Bones (where she's been on a couple times) and now True Blood, I'll be glad to see her more often
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"honestly, color was invented for a reason.. black and white doesn't make anything seem artsy like people think it does.. i'm glad the original wasn't in black and white, i'd have turned it off probably"



If people think something is artsy because it's in black and white, then by your definition, it made something seem artsy, "seem" being the operative term. It's not even a question of artsiness. As Tim adroitly pointed out, Night of the Living Dead, as well as the Walking Dead comic, are in black and white. Is lack of color that much of a strain on your attention span? These comment threads need a "thumbs down" for silly comments like yours, KevinG.
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"honestly, color was invented for a reason.. black and white doesn't make anything seem artsy like people think it does.. i'm glad the original wasn't in black and white, i'd have turned it off probably"

true black and white film doesnt automatically make it "artsy" but it can however give the story a different feel. When it comes to the horror genre it actually does help because the world becomes darker and in a way that can be more effective in the end. Also just b/c something is in black and white doesnt mean that the show/film automatically become worse which is kind of what your implying
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I wasn't implying it makes it worse, it doesn't change the story.. I just think it's a pointless thing to just try and get people to watch it again and I don't think it adds anything to it at all, if anything I'd find it to be pretty drab and wouldn't increase the horror aspect any.
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um you said "i'm glad the original wasn't in black and white, i'd have turned it off probably"

that does imply that you think that media which is in black and white isnt as good. You pretty much said that you wouldnt it a chance if it was in black and white.

Its true that getting rid of color doesnt change the story it just changes the tone and feel of it.
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That makes no sense! Why would Kate Walsh leave?! You can't stick around for thirteen episodes of steady work?
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To salvage what is left of reputation, obvs.
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That's amazing that removing a few nomination categories at the Emmys will shorten the broadcast of the Academy Awards. Good job on the research Tim. Were you also by chance the researcher for Kathie Lee Gifford's interview of Martin Short yesterday?
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The Walking Dead in black and white could be cool. Lori isn't in the Pilot right? Because she is annoying regardless of the screen color.



I would watch The Expendables without the Marquee names. Only because aside from Jet Li, Jason Statham and Bruce Willis. None of those guys are marquee names anymore. I think it would actually be better with unknowns. Because then you wouldn't have to listen to Stallone try to speak. Also, RED could be interesting. I am still surprised that more networks aren't building off of the success of POI and creating more spy, action type thrillers for shows. (yes I know ABC had MIssing, but be serious). There is a serious lack of these shows on TV right now. And it should be filled.



Nothing can save Whitney. Nothing! It being renewed is an affront to good television everywhere.



And no one, I mean no one with an IQ over 80 asked for a Toddler's and Tiara's spinoff. No one even asked for the show to begin with. Can't we just wait to see these people when they are on Cops in a decade or two.



Emma Stone is a pretty cool chick.
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Sadly there is a picture of Lori in the pilot and that is probably annoying enough for most of us
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I agree, The Expendables without marquee names would probably be better than the original movie(s). And I loved RED, but that might have been *because* of the cast. Well, if they can come up with a good concept and script, I'll probably check them out.
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Cool that the pilot will be in black and white. i bet you the episode will have a different feel to it. SO i think I'll watch it. prob will also watch the Walking dead season 2 Marathon since i kind of fell behind on watching it.

But my god who is asking for a Todlers and Tiaras spin off?!?!?! Since i dont watch it I decided to see who this Alana kid is and I just saw a clip of her on youtube and my god this kid is weird. And yeah the whole "Future white-trash stripper" thing is sadly true, i can totally see it. Urg my brain is starting to hurt... also found this:

The Thompson family includes Alana's stay-at-home mom, June, chalk-miner dad Sugar Bear, and her sisters: 12-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin," 15-year-old Jessica "Chubbs" and 17-year-old Anna "Chickadee" (who's pregnant).

What is with the names?
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Hatfields and McCoys ROCKS.
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It'd be kind of neat if the whole series was in B&W.
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Wait...there's a COLOR TV?!
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