Are you still decompressing from last night’s Walking Dead midseason finale? Have your breathing patterns returned to normal? Have the lambs stopped screaming, Clarice? I think we can all agree that, after a hit-or-miss second season, Dead managed to bring it all together for an exciting hour of television, complete with a final-moment twist that cast the season in a whole new light. (Spoilers ahead) Yes, adorable little Sophia turned out to be one of the zombies in the barn — meaning that the entire season-long Search for Sophia was all pointless, and thus perhaps, all of human life is pointless. Deep! The death of a major character can energize a high-stakes TV show like Dead. Since the show won’t be back until Feb. 12, we have to time to ask ourselves a big question: Who else should Dead kill off? READ FULL STORY »
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TV dramas used to be fast-paced. Every episode would introduce a new problem — a horrific unsolved crime, a patient with a mysterious illness, a falsely-accused defendant who can only be rescued by Perry Mason — and resolve that problem by the closing credits. That’s all changed in the last decade. A diverse array of brilliant series — thrillers like 24 and Lost, ensemble community-portrait epics like The Wire and Friday Night Lights, interior dramas like The Sopranos and Mad Men — have explored the narrative potential of season- and series-long storytelling.
But there’s a thin line between “ambitiously decompressed storytelling” and “aimless narrative stasis.” Take, for example, The Walking Dead, which has spent the first four episodes of its second season meandering through the forest, the characters searching for a Lost Girl and having lengthy conversations about their relationship to God. READ FULL STORY »
ABC’s Once Upon a Time series premiere debuted to the best numbers for a new network drama this season, and this week, with an episode that revealed the backstory for why the Evil Queen cast her curse, the show was also No. 1 with EW.com readers. The alphabet network is having a great week all around, with three of its shows in readers’ top five. Check out the complete rankings below: READ FULL STORY »
Since the start of the fall TV season, only two shows have been tops with EW.com readers: The Vampire Diaries and Breaking Bad. To that storied list we can now add NBC’s wily and weird Thursday night cult comedy Community, which tickled and (perhaps) terrified viewers with a Halloween anthology episode. Meanwhile, Once Upon a Time‘s series premiere landed just out of the top five. Check out the complete rankings below: READ FULL STORY »
Rubber Man! The flukeman! The Man from Another Place! Television has a longstanding history of giving viewers the heebie-jeebies, whether it’s via a bald, nearly-silent observer who can seemingly read your mind, or a posse of desperate humans covered in guts so they can safely pass through a pack of zombies.
But what TV show has been the absolute best at slithering underneath our skin and haunting our slumber for days after it airs? Is it the newest addition to the horror show coterie, FX’s American Horror Story? Is is a short-lived-but-no-less-sinister mid-’90s show like American Gothic (with Gary Cole) or Millennium (with Lance Henriksen)? Is it the show that helped inspire The X-Files, the 1974 cult favorite Kolchak: The Night Stalker? Or is it a death match between the grandpappy of hair-raising television, The Twilight Zone, and its upstart cousin The Outer Limits?
Vote in our poll below and then defend your choice in the comments! UPDATE: The poll is now closed, but let us know what you think of the results in the comments! READ FULL STORY »
If you’re the kind of TV addict who’s interested in how TV shows are made and unmade, then the behind-the-scenes story of The Walking Dead is almost relentlessly fascinating. The zombie-apocalypse series is based on a great graphic-novel series, but last year’s six-episode first season featured massive plot departures from the comics — despite the fact that Dead co-creator and geek demi-god Robert Kirkman is prominently involved in the TV series. Dead is an unusually lavish production, featuring gloriously grotesque undead makeup — a testament to AMC’s ongoing willingness to push the visual aesthetics of television — but that lavish production appears to have resulted in the departure of showrunner Frank Darabont. In the modern TV landscape, the notion of such an ambitious show losing its showrunner is almost unthinkable — imagine if Lost had fired Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, or if David Simon had handed off The Wire.
After almost a full year of off-season drama and debate, The Walking Dead finally returned last night for a thirteen-episode second season. Reviews have been mixed. READ FULL STORY »