A while back we talked about AMC doing an aftershow for their hit zombie series The Walking Dead, similar to what they’ve been doing after episodes of Mad Men. The thought of a recap show of what you’ve just been watching is kind of a drag, but when the network spoke of having comedian and Web Soup host Chris Hardwick behind the desk interests picked up.
Hardwick is already a busy guy, with his notoriety shooting through the roof thanks to his bi-weekly podcast, his new stint as the host of the BBC America Comedy block, his new talk show hosted on the same network, not to mention the work he’s already done with The Nerdist. He’s a busy man, but more one show couldn’t hurt especially when the living dead are involved.
Chris talked about the new hosting gig saying:
“As an enormous fan of both The Walking Dead comic and television show, I pretty much begged for this job…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.”
The new show will feature Hardwick in a variety of situations: talking to cast members, fans and enthusiasts about that week’s actions of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors. So it will be like any other recap show, it’ll just feature more blood and talk about gore. As for whether or not this concept will actually take off it remains to be seen, but with such a strong show being host by such a crazed fan everything should turn out fine.
Via: You Bent My Wookie
Do you love AMC’s The Walking Dead? Of course you do! Everyone loves zombies! The question is, do you like the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic so much, that would you watch a weekly talk show about it? AMC likes to think you will.
AMC has one talk show already. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Real Housewives. Yea, it’s stupid. It’s about a bunch of Hollywood trophy wives (who look like zombies from the oodles of plastic surgery they’ve had) who sit around and bitch bout their problems. We got kids starving in Africa and these plastic cunts capture America’s attention? Like I said, stupid. Regardless, AMC was so wowed by the success of its Real Housewives talk show spinoff that it’s already shot a pilot for one based on The Walking Dead. They might even have Web Soup and Nerdist podcast host Chris Hardwick be the man behind the desk.
According to Vulture:
This would indicate that AMC is considering a launch of the as-yet untitled project in conjunction with this October’s return of Dead, though we haven’t been able to confirm that (and it’s likely that it would be designed to air after other AMC shows, not just Dead). What’s more, because this was just a pilot, it’s possible there could be format tweaks or that Hardwick might not be a part of the project should it go to series. If AMC decides to move forward with the show in time for Dead, it would likely do so within the next few weeks.
A wrap-up/warm-up to each episode would be a nice way to extend AMC’s current viewership of the series, but how about making sure the show matches the drama and impact of the comic instead of this talk show nonsense?
Would you tune in for a weekly Walking Dead talk show?