What does a network do with a wildly popular actor on the most successful series in the history of ad-supported cable TV? Well… you take what he really likes to do and then you “line-extend” him into his very own show. The actor is Norman Reedus, who has morphed into a cultural icon as the motorcycle-riding hunter/gatherer/protector Daryl Dixon in AMC’s mega-hit series, “The Walking Dead.”
The first sermon I ever attended was delivered by a steely-eyed, Scots-Irish Presbyterian preacher who stood high over the congregation in a double-decker pulpit. What I heard that day was all fire and brimstone straight out of the Old Testament, and it was all quite strange (and scary) for a young boy’s ears. But I can tell you flat out that it was all rather mild and tame stuff compared to what AMC is dishing out in its (very) dark, supernatural series, “Preacher” – which returns for a second season on June 25th, 2017.
The Walking Dead
This is our fourth blog entry for AMC’s mega-hit horror series, “The Walking Dead,” which far surpasses any other stand-alone show we’ve reviewed in these pages. And for good reason. This zombie thriller has become the most popular ad-supported dramatic series, casting a wide net (and trance-like hold) on millions and millions of “Dead Heads” (apologies to fans of the Grateful Dead.) And according to Nielsen, it was the most tweeted series for the entire 2015-16 television season, averaging 435,000 tweets per episode.
What do you get when a dysfunctional family, living in a not-so-glamorous part of L.A., begins to realize (along with their neighbors) that they have the makings of a very serious Zombie problem on their hands?
AMC has got that prequel-thing working for it these days having struck gold twice -- once with “Fear the Walking Dead”, and the focus of this blog, “Better Call Saul”, the prequel of AMC’s multi award-winning series, “Breaking Bad.”