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Atlanta’s latest TV series: AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’

walkingdeadThe latest TV series to use Atlanta as its home is AMC’s “Walking Dead,” developed by Frank Darabont (”Shawshank Redemption”).

It begins shooting next month. AMC is being fairly conservative, ordering just six episodes for airing in the fall. The network has two hits in its original lineup now: “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.”

“Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series created by Robert Kirkman. Survivors of a zombie apocalypse, led by police officer, Rick Grimes, travel the country in search of a safe home.

The cast includes “The Shield” actress Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, and Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger. Others include relative unknown Andrew Lincoln (as Rick Grimes), “Prison Break” star Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes), “The Class” and “Eastwick” star Jon Bernthal (Rick’s police partner, Shane), and Jeffrey DeMunn (undisclosed role).

Currently, metro Atlanta is home to several other scripted shows, including “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime), “The Vampire Diaries” (the CW), “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS) and “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” (TBS). TBS also recently shot a pilot called “Franklin and Bash” starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

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Duh

May 7th, 2010
10:49 pm

CmdrR

May 7th, 2010
11:55 pm

Stay off MARTA! Ya damned Zombies!

Megara

May 8th, 2010
12:15 am

Wow… I have a feeling that they’re never going to do the comic justice. It sounded like a really awesome idea to begin with, but since it will be shown on cable television, there will be so much dilution, compression, and deletion that it won’t be worth it :\

Half Full

May 8th, 2010
12:45 am

Well gee Megara, aren’t you just a ray of sunshine? How do you live with so much optimism in your life? Failure is NOT the worst that can happen in your life, never doing ANYTHING is. Stop being such a downer pill; many of us are very happy that more work is coming to Atlanta, whether or not it is up to your high artistic standards. Get a life.

atlantaphotog

May 8th, 2010
2:32 am

So…. my guess is they’re just going to use the 10,000 vagrants that slowly walk back and forth in the Five Points area as the extras for this show? We already have the zombies!

Fooksie

May 8th, 2010
6:22 am

I can’t wait for this.
Megara, I can understand your hesitation, but because this program WILL be on a cable network, and a quality one at that, means that there is at least a chance that it will be successful.
” Mad Men “, and ” Breaking Bad ” are two examples of quality cable shows, but my favorite one, ( that was also on cable ), in terms of subject matter, gritty realism, and characters will always be ” The Shield “.
I think I’m going to prepare myself by reading some ” Walking Dead ” comics right now.

Devildog

May 8th, 2010
7:02 am

Damn! I thought it was going to be a series about the 9th Marines. NVA called the 1st Battalion the Walking Dead just before the Marines butchered them. Oh well, the NVA gave them a cool nickname, anyway. Mess with the best, die like the rest.

SpecialK

May 8th, 2010
9:01 am

Hopefully this zombie series will be as good as the BBC series “Dead Set”. That one was fun to watch if you love zombie movies.

As for it being bad because it’s on a cable network, I’d much rather see it on a cable network than one of the big four networks. The big four manage to completely screw up most of their shows by making them as bland and generic as possible. Shows like “Sons of Anarchy” or “Mad Men” would never have been as good on a big network if they aired at all.

SpecialK

May 8th, 2010
9:03 am

Any chance they’ll have an open set or have an open call for extras?

Ghost

May 8th, 2010
9:28 am

SpecialK, just what I was thinking!

Truthpaste

May 8th, 2010
9:38 am

I gotta get in on this. Please give us an update on open calls.

heh

May 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

“Closed Set” heh, just walk on up if you see them filming and act like you should be there…..

If you want to get casted as an extra, look on facebook for casting groups in Atlanta. Or try calling the Georgia Film Commission.

Fooksie

May 8th, 2010
4:50 pm

BRAIIIIIINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I’m ready for my close up!

PG

May 8th, 2010
4:51 pm

You folks should check out the source material. I had not picked up a comic in almost 20 years, before a friend suggested I read a few of his “The Walking Dead” paperbacks. Greatly looking forward to the series. Hopefully AMC handles it as well as it has handled “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” A high standard to live up to, that is for sure. Robert Kirkman’s creation, in my opinion, deserves nothing less.

SpecialK

May 8th, 2010
10:39 pm

I’ll try that. Thanks heh.

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scottbravesfan

May 9th, 2010
3:08 am

I agree as well even if you don’t like comics you need to read this series it’s really good.

Also the guy ripping on basic cable, AMC has some really good shows. Mad men and Breaking Bad are both really good and I bet that AMC is going to have a 3rd hit on it’s hands with this series. Breaking Bad got a 7 episode first season and then came back with a full on 13 episodes it’s second season.

Awesome news for Atlanta!

Algonquin

May 9th, 2010
11:11 am

Atlanta has enough zombies already, most of them driving on our roads.

I’ll take a good book over TV trash like this.

Owned by 3 huge dogs

May 9th, 2010
3:41 pm

I call them zombies too. They hang out everywhere, looking for a handout.

angi Leathers

May 10th, 2010
10:55 am

Do you have any information about how to become an extra in any of the shows being filmed here?

prfrdr

May 10th, 2010
2:54 pm

Frank Darabont had nothing to do with Speed, Rodney…that was Jan de Bont. Good god, it’s called the Internet. Use it for something other than copying and pasting press releases..

Rodney Ho

May 10th, 2010
3:01 pm

Someone told me that verbally and I didn’t double check. My bad.

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Rodney Ho

May 10th, 2010
8:09 pm

Alex Spivey

May 14th, 2010
9:44 am

that link about extras doesnt work, and ive been looking for extras information for so long, anyone know anything? its supposed to start shooting tomorrow!

Raine

May 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

The Southern Casting Call has audtions being held all over the USA. There is one specifically for Georgia, amongst others. I did not see an open call for “The Walking Dead” but for future reference, bookmark the site. My granddaughter was cast as the young girl zombie in the first few scenes. I cannot wait to see the show!

Raine

May 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

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Meg Nonya

May 20th, 2010
12:49 pm

extras casting atlanta is now looking for extras for this….

Marc M

May 27th, 2010
7:50 pm

@Half Full – Nice troll.