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Published On: Mon, Mar 4th, 2013

30 Years of Paley Fest Television – The Walking Dead

Walking Dead panel“I think Glen really wants to be just hanging out with Maggie in a field of food.” A great quote from Steven Yeun at a Q and A filled with enthusiastic fans as the Paley Center opened their 30th year of  Paley Fest panels and screenings with AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The audience got a look at the first fifteen riveting minutes of next weeks episode of Dead plus behind the scenes clips educating us about animatronic zombies and the astute direction of extras-as-zombies rather than a full episode screening as with most Fest offerings. Such is the cult fervor of the Dead that no discussions on where the series is going were entertained.

Instead, the Q and A, moderated by AMC fan show The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick focused on topics like the heat, shooting on location near Atlanta, whether the cast dreams of zombies – some do indeed, and what the characters really want out of life in the apocalyptic future.

Laurie Holden amused with her take on character Andrea’s much maligned affair with the evil Governor- “she’s just trying to do her best” – which she says she’s castigated for at “gas stations and grocery stores.”

Heartthrob leads Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Norman Reedus (Darryl) enjoyed good natured teasing from female fans, collective sighs and gasps filled the Art Deco Saban theater when the screening clip ended, and all in all it was another fine tribute to the art form that is television from the curators of the form at Paley Fest.  Here’s to another 30 years!

About the Author

- Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and produced screen and television writer. New books include the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse (Crimson); more romance and mystery with Between the Sheets (Entangled), co-written with Linda Marr; and the mystery thriller Marathon (Five Star/Cenage). Her previous titles include the award winning romantic suspense of The Model Man and Five O’Clock Shadow (Kensington); the literary fiction of Dreamtown (FictionWorks), and the erotic novella Rodeo Man (as Nikki Alton) in The Cowboy anthology (Aphrodisia). In film, her work spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy with an emphasis on independent film. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, she’s written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and documentaries for TLC, Lifetime, PBS, and HGTV, as well as numerous television commercials and corporate videos. She’s also written hundreds of articles on travel, love, the arts, writing, tech, food, parenting, and more.

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30 Years of Paley Fest Television – The Walking Dead