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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 returns this fall with a new showrunner

Charmaine Blake

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Scott M. Gimple is out (sort of), Angela Kang is in.

The Walking Dead will return for a ninth season with Kang, a writer on the show since Season 2, occupying the showrunner’s seat. She’s the series first female showrunner, following Gimple, Glen Mazzara, and Frank Darabont.

Gimple, who has been the showrunner since Season 4, brought stability to the AMC series after tumultuous early years when lawsuits and creative differences between key decision-makers loomed over all. He’ll now move into the role of Chief Content Officer for AMC’s Walking Dead brand, which includes both the main series and the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff.

Kang noted in a statement that she was “beyond thrilled” to be taking the reins on the series (h/t Deadline).

“Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me,” she said. “I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”

Season 8 of The Walking Dead continues on Feb. 25, picking up where the series left off in 2017 with a major character’s death looming — one that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has since spoken about publicly

The ninth season begins in the fall, one of the key players from the series will be moving over to Fear the Walking Dead when it returns for its fourth season.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/13/walking-dead-season-9-new-showrunner/

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‘Fleabag’ sticks the landing with a masterful final season

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The inimitable Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns for a masterful season of ‘Fleabag.’

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“In the same month that Avengers: Endgame arguably stuck the landing and Game of Thrones … will end, one way or another, Amazon airs the second and final season of Fleabag, a master class in character, emotion, and how to end a story with enviable magnificence.

We catch up with our unnamed heroine Fleabag (writer/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge) over a year after the events of Season 1. In the firecracker of a season premiere, she breaks the acrimonious silence with her sister (Sian Clifford) to focus on their father’s (Bill Paterson) wedding.

Enter the Priest.

The phenomenally cast Andrew Scott catches Fleabag’s eye from the get-go. At first he’s hot, then he’s “cool and swear-y,” and then she’s popping around the church to bond with him over a canned G&T, pretending she isn’t obsessed with his neck and that he’s not visibly flustered to see her during a sermon……………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/fleabag-season-2-amazon-review/

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Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ tackles identity and faith with humor and smarts

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“Hulu’s new original dramedy Ramy is the latest in a surge of television shows about millennials coming to terms with their identity. It’s difficult not to compare it with counterparts like  Insecure, Fleabag, Atlanta, Master of None, Dear White People, all of which are masterful in capturing the farrago of human emotions through nuanced humor and deep reflection.

But Ramy distinguishes itself through the revolutionary lens of its creator and star, Ramy Youssef. He brings his experiences growing up as an Egyptian-American Muslim in New Jersey to the show without holding anything back.

The first episode opens with Ramy getting lectured by his mother about finding a “high quality” woman at the mosque. This is followed by a scene involving him, an older traditional Muslim man, and the necessity of washing toes. No words can do justice to this scene’s absurd greatness.

It is quickly established that Ramy is religious but doesn’t fully know to what extent. He enjoys premarital sex but refrains from alcohol and drugs. He is familiar with verses of the Quran but when he tells a prospective match he reads them in English instead of Arabic, she shuts him down. Questions about commitment to his own faith linger throughout the season as he goes on a journey to figure out the answers…………………………………………………………..”

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A new ‘Walking Dead’ series debuting with 10 episodes in 2020

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Even more zombies.

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“A new spin-off series based in The Walking Dead universe is coming to AMC in 2020.

Hot on the trail of the ninth season of The Walking Dead, AMC announced that a second spin-off will start production this summer and premiere sometime in 2020, IGN reported Monday. The new zombie show got a 10-episode order for its first season with Walking Dead writer Matt Negrete heading it up as a co-creator.

We don’t know a whole lot about the new Walking Dead show, but AMC did provide a short description that gives us a hint of what it will look like, saying the series will “feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

While The Walking Dead kicked off right at the beginning of the apocalypse, it looks like this spin-off will start down the line from when zombies first started eating people in the U.S., long enough for its protagonists to have been teens or younger when it began.

Right now, it’s not clear who the protagonists are or if they’ll be connected to anyone in the main series or the other spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. We do know that filming will be happening in Virginia, which is where the main series takes place now.

The Walking Dead has given us a glimpse at what youths in the zombie apocalypse look like throughout the series, although these kids and teens have never really been the focus.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/walking-dead-spin-off-2020/

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