AMC announces 90-minute Talking Dead following Walking Dead premiere
AMC announced today a live, 90-minute special edition of Talking Dead, featuring 12 cast members – everyone in the final gut-wrenching scene from the Season 6 finale – and executive producers Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman, on Sunday, October 23. Over 2,000 “Dead” fans will have the opportunity to win free tickets to a screening of The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere episode at 6:00 p.m. PT (live with the East Coast airing) and Talking Dead taping, hosted by Chris Hardwick, at Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The “Talking Dead at Hollywood Forever” ticket sweepstakes opens on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 a.m. ET at TalkingDeadSweeps.com. In addition to Gimple and Kirkman, Talking Dead will feature guests Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Chandler Riggs, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand and Jeffery Dean Morgan.
“As ‘The Walking Dead’ returns with one of the most powerful and highly anticipated episodes in series history, it feels fitting to literally share this night with the fans whose support have made this show what it is today,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “As a fan myself, even I crave a supersized ‘Talking Dead’ to do what it does best – serve as a focal point for fans – along with Chris, the producers and the largest cast the show has ever assembled – to experience, discuss and process together this emotional episode.”
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns as television’s most watched drama for adults 18-49 for the last four years. The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
AMC’s first live after show, Talking Dead, launched in October 2011 as a way to immediately discuss and recap new episodes of The Walking Dead. Over the second half of the last season, Talking Dead averaged 6.4 million viewers, including 3.8 million adults 18-49 and 4.1 million adults 25-54 in Nielson Live +3 ratings. The series is executive produced by Michael Davies, Jen Patton and Brandon Monk.