AMC TV has been the pinnacle of hour dramas of late. I, personally, would put the trifecta of Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad up against ANY network’s ENTIRE lineup…I mean, by Grabthar’s hammer, their B team is The Killing, Hell on Wheels and The Pitch…That is one hell of a lineup…
But, wait…there’s more. And that “more” is a little more niche than AMC’s frontrunners. Just a bit more risky…That, or AMC truly does see the writing on the wall. The geeks ARE inheriting the Earth.
Comic Book Men and Talking Dead, were both “reality TV” based experiments last year. You may have missed them, although, with The Walking Dead as a lead in, I am sure you have, at least, heard of them.
Comic Book Men, is a visual representation of the “Tell ‘Em SteveDave”, heard on Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Internet Radio Network stars Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen, Mike Zapcic (minus TESD’er Brian Quinn), as they deal with the day-to-days of running and working at Smith’s comic book store Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.
Talking Dead sports the Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick hosting a live sitdown “aftershow” for that night’s The Walking Dead. Correct…not a show about a zombie apocalypse…a show about a show about a zombie apocalypse. If that don’t get Ted McGinley’s panties in a bunch, I am not sure what will.
Anyway, AMC has given the go-ahead for another season of both shows (16 halfhours each).
“Airplane Enthusiast” Smith responded to the announcement (in typical “Smod-y” fashion): “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!”
And, clever Hardwick, “‘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…”