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.”
Is it any surprise that -- for many in our nation -- the lone, military sniper has attained an almost mythic status in which “one shot, one kill” is celebrated as the pinnacle of martial ardor and achievement? After all, gun ownership is often equated with patriotism, freedom and independence. Indeed, look no further than the multi-award winning 2014 film, “American Sniper,” which celebrates the heroic efforts (and tribulations) of Chris Kyle, one of the most lethal snipers in our nation’s history.