"The Walking Dead" brought one story arc to a close in its midseason finale, "Too Far Gone." With the midseason break stretching until February, there are only a few clues about the direction the show is headed in.
According to executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, the second half of Season 4 is going to feel quite different from its first half. Zap2it recently spoke on the phone with Hurd, and here are 10 things we learned from her about what's coming next on the show and how Hershel's death will affect the group.
On the introduction of Abraham, Rosita and Eugene: "Our characters have split up. The Prison really has been completely overrun and destroyed this time," she says. "So we'll be with them on the road and on the run. They're bound to encounter new people, and certainly some of the people they'll encounter include Abraham, Eugene and Rosita."
On whether we'll ever see Hershel again: "I'm hoping," Hurd admits. "We do [flashbacks] rarely, but we have done it from time to time."
On whether the Governor and Judith are truly dead: "That was a head shot! Lilly shot him," Hurd says, confirming the Governor's demise. As for baby Judith, she hedges, "First of all, I don't think you'd ever want to see a baby being killed. That's probably a line we won't cross. But at the same time, habeas corpus. We'll have to be just like them, wondering."
On the decision to kill Hershel: "It's one of those things where we never kill off a character willy nilly. Hershel really was the one character whose death will resonate the most with everyone," she says. "There's no one who didn't like Hershel. He had no enemies. He could be relied upon. Obviously his two daughters are bereft. He had a strong relationship not only with Rick and Carl but also with Glenn. There wasn't going to be someone we could kill off who would have the same level of impact, and there was no way that you could have a confrontation with the Governor and the group at the Prison without someone dying. That would have been a cheat."
On why the Governor attacked Hershel instead of Michonne: Basically the same reasons as above. Hurd confirms the Governor killed Hershel because his death would have the greatest impact on the group.
On whether Daryl's almost-death was meant to give fans a heart attack in the midseason finale: "It truly is not the intention to create sort of a fake out. It really is, 'If this were really going down, what would it be right?' And everyone has a close call," she says.
On what comes next in Season 4: "Our characters are very much on the run, not as a group but split up, and they're all in jeopardy because -- as we've learned -- being on the road alone is a difficult and dangerous place to be," Hurd says. "It will also give us an opportunity to get to know who they are and whether they have the will to survive. How much have they changed after this devastation and can they retain their humanity?"
On whether the rest of Season 4's storyline with follow the comics post-Prison assault: "We never follow completely. There's no way to, because we have characters that aren't in the comic books," she says. "There's simply no way, even if we wanted to, follow the comic books entirely."
On how having the group so split up will affect the show: "It's going to be quite different," Hurd teases. "In the past, people have been left behind. Like in Season 2, Andrea was left behind at the farm, left for dead, and she ended up encountering Michonne and then Woodbury. We have done somewhat similar things, but never have we had the core group so split up. That's a first for us."
On whether there will be a return to familiar locations like Hershel's barn: "We can't talk about that," Hurd says with a laugh.
"The Walking Dead" returns with the second half of Season 4 in February on AMC.
The Weinstein Company is the latest big movie name to be making the shift to television.
A feature in The New York Times reveals that the Weinstein brothers are plotting a shift to scripted television in 2014. According to the newspaper, they're hard at work on more than six new scripted series.
Among the series currently being developed are a 10-episode ancient Egypt-set detective drama called "Book of the Dead"; a 10-episode series called "10 Commandments" where directors like Lee Daniels and Madonna could oversea an episode about one of the commandments given to Moses; a Netflix "martial arts-filled adventure series" called "Marco Polo"; a 14-episode retelling of "War and Peace" with BBC; a look at Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's later years called "Stan and Ollie" with BBC; and an "Entourage"-style comedy.
But that's not all Weinstein is considering. The company is also looking to develop scripted shows based on its own movies. They're planning to "quickly follow" the Aug. 22, 2014 release of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" with a spinoff television series. Harvey Weinstein also is apparently considering making "Silver Linings Playbook" into a show.
Bob Weinstein is preparing a pilot for a "Scream" TV series for MTV, and developing a 10-part "The Mist" TV series with the film's director, Frank Darabont. "The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business," Harvey Weinstein tells the NYT.
Do any of these planned series get you excited?
The new generation's version of "America's Funniest Home Videos" takes viral videos to a new level on MTV's "Ridiculousness."
Returning for a fourth season with 22 hilarious, jam-packed episodes this January, host Rob Dyrdek along with co-hosts Sterling "Steelo" Brim and Chanel "West Coast" will introduce hilarious new categories including "Getting Zombied" and "Heavy Leg Syndrome."
Watch the Season 4 trailer below:
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"Ridiculousness" Season 4 premieres Thursday, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
Some details about FOX's new Batman-less "Gotham" have come to light. A new report claims that the pilot script of the upcoming DC Comics TV series will deal with a young Jim Gordon investigating the Waynes' double homicide.
Bleeding Cool reports that a source at Warner Bros says "the pilot script for GOTHAM has Detective Jim Gordon trying to solve a very famous double homicide." The site later confirmed the murders in question are in fact of the Waynes.
FOX ordered "Gotham" straight to series, and from the get-go it was said that Batman won't be a part of the project. But that doesn't mean Bruce Wayne won't be. If Gordon does in fact investigate the Waynes' murder in the pilot (this reported version of the pilot could be changed, if it is in fact true), there's a good chance viewers would meet Bruce as a boy in this show.
The one-hour drama is described as "the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous." The pilot is being written and produced by "The Mentalist's" Bruno Heller. What do you think of this direction for the pilot?
If you tuned in to watch "The Walking Dead" midseason finale, there's a good chance you saw a rather creepy trailer during the airing. In the brief TV spot, a young couple on a date spots a mass of rats on the restaurant patio, and a pair of videographers follow the trail of rats inside a building.
The mysterious teaser's origins have been revealed: it's to promote FX's new thriller series, "The Strain." The show is due to premiere in July 2014, and it looks the viral promotion for the project is starting early.
"The Strain" comes from Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan and is based on a trilogy of novel written by del Toro and Hogan. The series follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather as the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. His team is tasked with investigating a viral outbreak that has a link to an ancient strain of vampirism.
The strain spreads, leaving the Doctor, his team and a collection of New Yorkers to fight it for the good of mankind. Since rats are known to spread disease, that could be the connection between this subtle trailer and the actual TV show.
The cast thus far includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland and Miguel Gomez. What did you think of the new teaser?
Warning: Normal "South Park" levels of inappropriateness in both clips.
The final installment in "South Park's" "Game of Thrones" parody trilogy airs Dec. 4 on Comedy Central. In two epics teasers from the upcoming episode, titled "Titties and Dragons," fans can get a sense of where the "Black Friday Trilogy" is heading.
The above video shows George R.R. Martin conducting a choir of men singing the "Game of Thrones" theme song by using the word "wiener." Because why not.
Below, a different promo shows the Black Friday war finally coming to a head as the doors to the mall finally open.
"The synopsis for 'Titties and Dragons' reads, The doors to the mall will finally open this week and only one gaming device will be the winner on an all-new episode of 'South Park' titled 'Titties and Dragons,' premiering Wednesday, December 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
"Princess Kenny's charm has brought more and more support to the PlayStation camp. Cartman and Kyle have not wavered in their loyalty to X-Box. But now, the wait is over. It's time for everyone who has lined up to seize their opportunity for Black Friday sales. It's going to be a bloodbath and only one side will be left standing."
Have you liked "South Park's" "Game of Thrones" parodies so far?
Things are about to get extra dramatic on the new season of MTV's "The Real World," when the seven new cast members find out that their exes are moving in to the house halfway through the season.
For the first time ever in the long history of the iconic MTV reality series, "Real World" is changing up its format for "The Real World: Ex-Plosion," and Zap2it has your first look at the crazy new season.
Premiering in January, the season will start off just as any other "Real World" season -- seven strangers are introduced to each other and will live together in a house in San Francisco. But in what is sure to be the most intense season yet, things take a dramatic turn when the exes of the original seven roommates surprisingly take the house by storm and move right in.
The roommates and the exes were both unaware of the twist, and things get complicated quickly as new relationships that started to brew before their exes arrived cause drama. The roommates find out very quickly that this season won't be what they expected as loyalty is tested, tempers flare and romances sizzle and fizzle. While some exes rekindle relationships they long thought were over, others will continue to fight.
Watch the dramatic, explosive trailer below:
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"Real World: Ex-Plosion" premieres on Wednesday, January 15 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
The witch who started all the drama on "The Originals" by luring Klaus back to New Orleans under false pretenses is kind of ... well, screwed at the moment.
Sophie Devereaux (Daniella Pineda) lost the Originals siblings as her allies since they found out her true intention was to find little witch Davina and kill her, thus completing The Harvest ritual. Plus, she lost any protection she had once Davina severed the link between her and pregnant werewolf Hayley. So with no allies and no protection, what's Sophie's next move?
"What's kind of interesting, my character right now is on everybody's s*** list," Pineda told Zap2it on a recent set visit in Atlanta. "The head werewolf doesn't like her. The Originals don't' like her. Whatever she comes up with, it'd better be good. Ttherwise, she's somewhat useless in New Orleans right now. Because she has no leverage and no way to save her people."
Not only is she unable to complete The Harvest ritual, restoring power to all the witches, she also suffered a major loss when Elijah killed the last remaining elder, Agnes. "It is a really big blow. The elders are gone, but the elders have the access to all the major power," Pineda says. "Even though Davina's sucked up a great deal from The Harvest, the elders know what they're doing, they know how to proceed. And my character was rather reluctant in the beginning, so it's a huge blow. Nothing could be worse for the witches than right now. The only other option is who will become the next elder, and that takes time."
So is there anything Sophie can do now? "There will be a plan B. It's not the end of Sophie," Pineda teases. "She will definitely come up with something, and I know what it is, but I can't say. It's very clever."
Seeing as how Sophie's main goal right now is to find Davina and kill her (thus completing The Harvest ritual and restoring all the power currently in Davina to all the witches), we had to ask: Will Sophie and Davina be reuniting anytime soon? "Yes, maybe," Pineda says with a laugh. "They'll have to at some point. They're two important witches in the same town, they're bound to run into each other, I imagine."
With all the drama going on in the witch community, Pineda says Sophie isn't focusing on any relationships at the moment, despite having a past with former King of New Orleans, Marcel. "I think right now, there's so much chaos and loss, it's almost like a post-breakup. You kind of just don't want to leave the house. You just want to binge-eat and sleep," Pineda says. "She's not at a love point right now. Will there be a love interest? Yes, because as you've probably seen, Sophie likes to 'socialize' with her fellow men. And women! So, yes there will be, but right now I think she's just focusing on the next move."
When it came time to shoot the game-changing reveal of The Harvest ritual, Pineda was excited to see how it would turn out. "When I read The Harvest episode, it was exciting, because I was wondering how they were going to pull off the gore," Pineda says. "That was a really crazy scene to shoot and it took like two days to shoot. There were so many stunts going on. But as a character reading The Harvest, that was responsible for turning Sophie into a full believer. Before, she was apprehensive, she questioned it, and I think seeing that power move from Monique to Davina, that set in stone that this isn't BS, this is the real deal."
The Harvest was a turning point for Sophie, and Pineda says that will continue to be her motivation going forward. "Personally, I connected with my character even more, because it's like yet another person she loses, yet nothing to lose moving forward," Pineda says. "The Harvest episode is one of my favorites so far."
"The Originals" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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Working with an actor for the first time today. @nataliemorales will be pleased.-- Stephen Amell (@amellywood) December 2, 2013