The Sunday premiere of season 2 of The Walking Dead on AMC broke basic cable records in two different demographics. The 90 minute episode drew 7.3 million viewers, the most for any basic cable drama in history.
The episode was a big hit in the much sought after demo of adults 18 to 49 with 4.8 million viewers, and in the adults 25 to 54 demo it attracted 4.2 million viewers, both records. It also had a 4.8 household rating which broke a cable TV record that has stood for more than 10 years.
The ratings are 36% higher than the any of the first season's episodes, including the series debut last Halloween which drew 5.3 million viewers as the highest rated cable drama of 2010.
AMC will be starting a new talk show called 'Talking Dead' which will be a discussion program about the acclaimed series 'The Walking Dead'. Host Chris Hardwick, from G4 and The Nerdist Website, will discuss each week's episode with special guests, actors, producers, and fans.
The show will analyze plot-lines and character developments and speculate on future stories. It will be similar to what fans of the show already do with each other at the water cooler or online the next day.
The first episode will air at 11:00PM EST on Sunday October 16, 2011 after the premiere of episode 1 of season 2 on AMC. Then it will move to a regular time slot on Friday nights, and likely to re-run several more times throughout the week.
Television actor, Michael Zegen will be joining the cast of 'The Walking Dead' for season 2 on AMC. You may know him best as 'probie' fire fighter who ends up a paraplegic on Denis Leary's FX television show 'Rescue Me'.
Zegen is also a recurring character on the HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire'. And he got his start on television appearing in comedy bits on 'Late Show with David Letterman' as 'Dwight the Troubled Teen'.
Zegen's character, Randall, who did not appear in the comic book series, will have an original story line. He is described as a skinny southern kid with a unique set of post-apocalyptic issues. 'The Walking Dead' - season 2 debuts on October 16th on AMC.
The Walking Dead, AMC's zombie-genre drama, won its first Emmy Award this week at the Television Arts and Sciences 2011 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The comic book turned television show won the Emmy for Best Prosthetic Make-up for a Series.
It may seem like an obvious choice for The Walking Dead to win that category, but it still had to beat out some popular shows like, Game of Thrones, Glee, Grey's Anatomy, and The Cape. Greg Nicotero, make-up artists and co-executive producer, accepted the award on behalf of the KFB SFX crew.
Unfortunately, The Walking Dead was not as lucky, losing in two other categories, Outstanding Special Effects and Outstanding Sound Editing. But let's hope this is just the beginning of future Emmy's to come.
The much anticipated second season of The Walking Dead is scheduled to premiere on Sunday October 16th on AMC 9PM EST. It will also be 90 minutes long. Then there will be six more original 60 minute episodes to air on Sundays over the next six weeks. The show will take a holiday hiatus, and then return for six more original episodes on February 12, 2012.
The 90-minute premiere will be a part of AMC's Fearfest for the Halloween season which airs the two weeks before Halloween. The Walking Dead is also set to air internationally on Fox International Channels to be seen by up to 200 million households in 122 countries world-wide
The Special Edition Season 1 DVD of The Walking Dead will be available to purchase on October 4th. The DVD set will feature all 6 episodes from the first season on AMC, plus behind the scenes footage, audio commentary, extra footage, and a black-and-white version of the first episode.
The set will be available on DVD, Blue-Ray DVD, and Blue-Ray Collectors edition in a special tin packaging complete with a wearable zombie mask! The first 100,000 units of the Collectors Edition also come with a rare Walking Dead Trading Card.
A clip from behind the scenes of the special effects department is below.