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As expected, ‘The Walking Dead’ gets a second season

Glenn (left) and Rick (right) wear zombie guts in downtown Atlanta to disguise the fact they're human.

Glenn (left) and Rick (right) wear zombie guts in downtown Atlanta to disguise the fact they're human.

Atlanta: more zombies are on the way.

After its monstrous opening of 5.3 million viewers last Sunday, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was virtually a lock for a second season.

But AMC waited until the numbers came in for the second episode last night: 4.7  million viewers. That’s close to 90 percent retention, which is excellent, especially after all the hype for the debut episode. That meant the initial viewers liked what they saw and came back for more.

How did you like the second episode of "The Walking Dead"?

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The zombie drama, shot in metro Atlanta this past summer with a modest six-episode opening season, also did well internationally, another major consideration for any show to get renewed.

Of those 4.7 million viewers last night, 3.3 million were in the target 18 to 49 year old demographic. The second episode actually drew more 18 to 49 year old men than the first one: 2.1 million vs. 2 million, according to Nielsen numbers compiled by Deadline Hollywood.

The show will get 13 episodes. No word on when production will start but my guess is they’ll probably get going early next year when it’s a wee bit cooler.

Last night’s episode focused primarily on actions on the rooftop of a downtown Atlanta building and included two characters slathering themselves with zombie guts to disguise themselves from the actual zombies. Yum! Next week: a reunion that includes some awkward elements and a need to go back into downtown Atlanta to get a cache of weapons Grimes  left behind.

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BryAnn

November 8th, 2010
5:08 pm

Sweet! More Glenn

JJ Turner

November 8th, 2010
5:38 pm

I DVR’d the show last night. I’m gonna watch it tonight while eating dinner.

I saw the first episode last week and it was just okay. I had to pause it a few times, b/c it made me sleepy at some points. So, decided to watch it while cleaning up…

Overall, the show really didn’t hold my attention, but I’ll give it one more try… I hope it will be better this week.

Truthpaste

November 8th, 2010
5:45 pm

I loved it. The story is flowing nicely and they leave you wanting more.

CmdrR

November 8th, 2010
5:46 pm

Great fun seeing zombies in Marietta Street. The show is slow in places and looks like too many other zombiefests. But, it has moments that draw in the audience, as when Morgan agonizes while staring through a gun sight. I could wish that they keep this to a trim number of episodes. I can’t imagine how rank its flesh will look after several seasons. (pun intended.)

Larry

November 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

Great show! In addition to the setting, it’s got an Atlanta connection in IronE Singleton who played T-Dog in last night’s episode. He’s born and raised in Atlanta and really making a name for himself.

technut

November 8th, 2010
6:07 pm

How long can this show really go on? I mean all they will be doing is killing zombies, running from zombies, killing more zombies…seems better as a 3-4 episode movie than a series.

Terry

November 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

I think that brain-dead reference is EXACTLY why the show’s producers chose Atlanta.

Many of these “Hope & (Beg for) Change” walkers drive as if they were brain-dead.

Mike

November 8th, 2010
6:36 pm

I love it, can’t wait for the next one. Also love seeing Atlanta as a character.

Mike

November 8th, 2010
6:36 pm

Enter your comments here

A.D.

November 8th, 2010
6:43 pm

Calling people who disagree with you politically “brain-dead” – that’s the southern hospitality I’ve come to know and love.

A.D.

November 8th, 2010
6:44 pm

But, on topic, I love the show and drove past one day while they were filming at Cobb Energy.

Marshall Stacks

November 8th, 2010
6:45 pm

Kind of apropos that you’re posting this in a zombie thread. Anyone worth their shotgun and machete knows that people perish because they start letting political/social/racial ideology get in the way of stopping the undead. But go on fanning the flames. The zombies don’t care who you voted for…

Seriously, grow up. We get it. You don’t like the President. You hate his supporters. This is a thread about a television program filmed in Atlanta. If you don’t like the topic, take your rhetoric elsewhere. There are plenty of places you can get together and compare hate notes.

carlton yer doorman

November 8th, 2010
7:02 pm

I liked it. I’ve seen many good zombie movies. but with a movie, it all hinges on constant apprehension. The refreshing thing about this series IS the slower pace and the knowledge that characters are going to survive from week to week and situations will have time to simmer and develop. I welcome that! ADHD types won’t like it, but i don’t have that problem.

George Jones

November 8th, 2010
7:02 pm

The show has been great so far. It also hasn’t strayed much from the comic book which I give the show’s producers kudos. If that keeps up it won’t be like your typical zombie movie. Check out the comic book website and you will see that it is much more than being about zombies and killing.

Ray

November 8th, 2010
7:17 pm

I see they found a use for the old C&S Bank operations center on Mitchell bank which has been vacant over 20 years. This particular building was never a clothing store (the racks of clothing were props) but Mitchell street used to be the southern extent of a very vibrant retail district downtown which existed until the late 1970’s.

Most of the businesses left but the most prominent one remaining is Friedman shoes which has been in business across from the old C&S operations center on Mitchell street since the 1920’s and is known for carrying large sizes. They have sold shoes to every major athelete from the 1960’s forward. They even carrry Shaq’s size 22. It would have been kind of funny to see an athlete come out of the store in the middle of filming.

Savannah C.

November 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

I fell asleep watching this show…two weeks in a row.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep – then this show is for you!

gopherpup

November 8th, 2010
8:23 pm

Another Atlanta connection — Chandler Riggs, who lives in the north metro area, is playing Carl Grimes (son of Rick and Lori.)

JenSmyrna

November 8th, 2010
9:01 pm

Not sure if I loved the zombies or the all the Atlanta scenes! Either way, I’ll keep watching.

Joe

November 8th, 2010
9:08 pm

The old C&S Operations Center at 222 Mitchell St. closed in Nov. 2002, not 20 years ago (I worked there.) Most of the rooftop scenes were on the Norfolk-Southern building on Spring St, just across the street from C&S.

OMG Please find something else to say

November 8th, 2010
9:17 pm

The Walking Brain-Dead- How do “you people” always manage to figure out a way to put the Presidents name in EVERYTHING. My goodness. Please remember unless you move to another country, HE”S YOUR PRESIDENT TOO!!!

lee

November 8th, 2010
10:10 pm

The shows director has already stated the show will not be staying in atlanta. After the first arc in the comicbook the characters hit the road.

Charles Ball

November 8th, 2010
10:26 pm

This series is obviously based on “28 Days Later”, which is one of my all-time favorite horror/sci-fi flicks. And I had hoped that the storyline in “Walking Dead” would be just as well-developed. However, based on what I saw in the first episode, a whole lot of money was spent on special effects, and very little was spent developing the script. This was a big disappointment.

Proud Marxist

November 8th, 2010
10:40 pm

The “zombies” on that show look more like Atlanta’s everyday, Obama-loving crack addicts once they’ve hit the pipe and go around “ax’ing” people they approach for free money than deceased humans.

By the way, since someone else already mentioned it, if you STILL can’t see what a pathological liar and failure the soon-to-be-FORMER Prez is, then you probably are brain-dead and would fit in perfectly as an extra on this show.

Peace.

moddyd

November 8th, 2010
11:55 pm

@Charles: you obviously have seen only one zombie movie. The main character waking up in a hospital is about the only thing that is the same. The Rage Virus is very different than what is making these dead walk again.

Steve

November 9th, 2010
1:12 am

@Savannah:

If you fell asleep two weeks in a row while watching this, then you’re probably up past your bedtime. Take a look at Cartoon Network – there’s always a SpongeBob marathon on there….

TWD is great!! Well-put-together, great characters. Keep the walkers coming!! I’ve stocked up on ammo…..

Sad for you

November 9th, 2010
4:10 am

This blog is for the series. Not your political views. Why can’t you just vote your choice and stop the bashing. It really is further dividing us.

Regarding the series, I enjoyed it. I watched the first show because my adult son was visiting. I watched the second one because I was hooked. I usually don’t like these type of movies, but this one caught my attention. I love seeing Atlanta in the scenes.

Us vs Us

November 9th, 2010
6:46 am

My favorite part was when they left the tee bag ger tied handcuffed to the roof. Now that he’s likely zombie lunch there’s a slot open for O’Donnell, Miller, Angle, Paladino or one of the other failed Palin political experiments.

It's a hit

November 9th, 2010
6:57 am

Ever since the movie “Zombieland” my kids have enjoyed this genre. I watched the second episode with one of my kids when he explained that the zombie depictions are excellent! He was right, them is mighty good zombies.

Submariner683

November 9th, 2010
8:07 am

Us vs Us…wow, just wow. What about Micheal Rooker’s character made him a “tea bagger”? Way to take a blog about a new show and make it political. The only confirmed racists have been found in the Democrat party. Senator Byrd ring a bell? Member of the KKK and filabustered civil rights legislation. If you want to talk about failed politcal experiments, there’s Obama and his stimulus (I promiss there’ll be no pork in any of my legislation), Obamacare, and thank God Cap and Trade will be voted down. I bet you’re hoping that this show will discuss wealth redistribution and social justice, am I right?

levelhead

November 9th, 2010
8:25 am

We can take this series in a lot of directions. Zombies in every part of Atlanta! The hippe zombies of L5P. The tea party zombies in Buckhead. Gangs fighting zombies in the SWAT. oh and how about ethinic zombies invading Buford Highway using the yellow line. We on our way Alpharetta.

jwr

November 9th, 2010
8:38 am

A.D., you are correct about the “brain-dead” bit. Southern hospitality would be: “Bless their hearts, but those Obama supporters must be brain dead. How about we take them a pound cake?”

Greg S.

November 9th, 2010
9:25 am

Watched the first show simply because it is filmed in Atlanta. Liked it as it has a decent story line and the plot is fun. And ya gotta love those zombies as they don’t mess around. If they come for you they COME FOR YOU! I always knew Atlanta had zombies but I thought they were only in the government center, school board and capital building!

Joshua

November 9th, 2010
9:31 am

Thought this was about a show. Guess its a bunch of tea party and republican zombies talking about fake zombies on TV. Glad to see that the Tea Party left you enough of your brain to talk after the brain washing finished.

Us vs Us

November 9th, 2010
9:34 am

@Submariner683

Thanks for taking the bait. My post was intended to fire you and others up that have already posted in this entertainment blog about their totally unrelated political beliefs. Your regurgitated Hannity talking points without a single original thought in your rant makes me giggle and helps prove where the zombie->political party analogy really rings true. I do hope you find some brains though.

RS

November 9th, 2010
9:41 am

@Charles Ball: Check your facts before you comment. This series is obviously NOT based on 28 Days Later. It’s based on a series of comic books called, ironically enough, The Walking Dead. I agree that 28 Days Later is a great flick, but the two stories have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Heck, technically you could say the the “zombies” in 28 Days Later aren’t even Zombies.

I say give it a few more episodes before you write it off. The whole point of the comics is to follow the life of one central character to see how he reacts and changes in a world gone to h3ll. The drama and human relationships are the key and I think that so far, the first two episodes have stuck to that.

Tom

November 9th, 2010
10:00 am

Am going to give this series a chance to see how it develops. My feeling is that I will tire of it after a while as it becomes more of the same each week. There’s a limit to how much Zombie eating action one can endure. If the human relationships maintain interest, will stay with it. One wonders if a shorter series might not have been the answer. Seems like the writers will have to be working overtime to come up with interesting twists and turns for the characters.After a while though, everything turns to dust, including Zombies!

Big Sam

November 9th, 2010
10:11 am

The show is AWESOME!!!!!!

Zombie hunter

November 9th, 2010
10:17 am

The real question is why were the scavengers in downtown Atlanta anyway? Even without the zombie people do not go downtown. How many WalMarts, Sam’s, Costco’s etc would they have had to pass to end up in the downtown area of the ATL? And what exactly are they scavenging in a department store, linens?

Lastly why don’t they all have guns, lots of guns? Those zombies are not going to kill themselves. Heck, fire up the tank, load up the 50 caliber and go through the zombies like a wheat field at harvest. Worst case just drive over them

TWD Needs More Realistic Portrayal of Downtown Atlanta

November 9th, 2010
10:27 am

Based on the latest 2010 Census figures, I don’t think the show portrays an accurate portrayal of the demographic breakdown of Downtown Atlanta.

There is far too much “diversity” in those zombies wandering around the streets of Downtown for the show to be believable. Anyone who spends much time living or working in the heart of the City of Atlanta daily can easily see that isn’t an accurate representation.

Now, if those scenes from the first two episodes were shot in Buckhead or maybe even Atlantic Station with the same zombie actors/extras currently used, it might be more believable.

Kat

November 9th, 2010
10:29 am

The main unrealistic point that we were wondering about was that we think the people were not up Hwy 85 but rather down 20 due to the more “rustic” nature of their surroundings. Thoughts?

DW

November 9th, 2010
10:32 am

TV Viewer

November 9th, 2010
10:43 am

Too gruesome, but can’t stop watching!

VP

November 9th, 2010
10:47 am

Is the Walking Dead on OnDemand? I need to catch up!

BYC

November 9th, 2010
10:55 am

LOL @ posting republican political ideals on an article about a zombie TV show. Maybe if the GOP had not run with a “walking brain-dead” VP, McCain would be president right now.

I am always down for a good zombie flick and this show delivers so far, realistic looking zombies, and the thrills are more from the atmosphere and the plot than cheap scares from stuff popping out. I have one problem with inaccuracy though- shouldn’t there be more black people/zombies in a zombie show taking place in downtown atlanta?

Submariner683

November 9th, 2010
11:05 am

@ US vs. US…Please tell me where in your first post or your retort did you show a single shred of orininality? Was this where you assumed a character that’s a racist hillbilly is a part of the tea party? Yes, very original. So your point was to be pathetic? Congratulations, you passed. As for Zombies, read Obamazombies…you evidently are one of them.

Submariner683

November 9th, 2010
11:14 am

I mispelled originality…sorry.

Submariner683

November 9th, 2010
11:16 am

misspelled misspelled too…not my day

Ric Chancio

November 9th, 2010
11:39 am

My boyfriend and I enjoy the series. We look forward to seeing episodes on how the lonely boy zombies spend their time together.

I'Joni

November 9th, 2010
12:08 pm

I’m not into horror but I thought this would be something interesting to watch for Halloween. Something a little scary, but won’t keep me up all night. I was hooked from the first episode! I like the show a lot better than I thought I would. Very well written scripts and developed characters. Didn’t know it was based off a comic book. I especially liked that its based/filmed in Atlanta too. Its a refreshing change of pace from all these weird vampire stories (never been into the blood sucking thing).