The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt is never afraid to make himself the butt of a joke — just take one look at the fierce, 1980s hockey star’s ape drape that he has been rocking since he first joined the cast of AMC’s apocalyptic zombie drama in 2014. This fearlessness is exactly what attracted McDermitt to the role of Eugene Porter, the group’s engineer with an emotional spectrum as wide as a single strand of angel hair pasta. “He was so different from anything that I ever played, and a lot of the characters I play are loud and boisterous, big and crazy… the party animal,” McDermitt said of his supporting roles and appearances on shows like TV Land’s Retired At 35, AMC’s Mad Men, and TBS’s Angie Tribeca.
After six episode of The Walking Dead that wallowed in the aftermath of Negan’s arrival, the plot is finally moving forward… Just in time for the midseason finale. For now, the writers seem to have run out of other civilizations to introduce and new people for Negan to terrorize. Instead, revenge is in the air as everyone makes their mad dash to get back at the guy with one glove (Negan, not Michael Jackson).
The producers of The Walking Dead have been routinely going over their allotted hour-runtime in favor of freewheeling 66-minute and 85-minute episodes. Next Sunday’s “Swear” is clocking in at 70 minutes, and the following week’s episode “Sing Me a Song” will inch them all out with 90 minutes of post apocalyptic shambling. Dead fans are already praying that the sung song won’t be “Easy Street.”
According to a study in The Hollywood Reporter, Robert De Niro will make $750,000 for each of twenty episodes of a new Amazon series from David O. Russell. The pair previously made Joy and Silver Linings Playbook, two of the only positively reviewed movies in which De Niro has appeared in the last decade. Meryl Streep has bested her former Deer Hunter costar with $825,000 per episode for The Nix, a J.J. Abrams produced project that doesn’t have a network attached and has nothing to do with Patrick Ewing.
Another week, another bottle episode, but this time it was longer! Yay…? The entirety of these 80-odd minutes could have neatly fit into a regular runtime if they’d only edit out all of the long pauses and Negan’s lip licking. But that’s why they hired Jeffrey Dean Morgan — no one licks lip like JDM!
Happy Anniversary, The Walking Dead! AMC’s zombie drama debuted five years ago on Oct. 31, and what better way to celebrate the show and its continuing excellence than with a look back at The Walking Dead dead, and how they’ve been living since departing post-apocalyptic life.