Online FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Story To Debut Oct. 4

flyingdeadRemember that online serial about the airliner that was planned to meld with the second season of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD? Well, it now has a name and a premiere date.

“Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” will premiere on AMC.com on Oct. 4 with the first of 16 one-minute episodes. The short chapters will air on the cable channel during commercial breaks in THE WALKING DEAD beginning with the Oct. 11 sixth-season premiere. Each new “Flight 462” installment ill debut every Sunday before that night’s TWD.

“Flight 462” will feature several new characters aboard an airliner facing an outbreak of walkers. It is assumed the plane is headed for Los Angeles, because one of the web series’ stars will join the cast of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD for its second season.

I hope this new character turns out to be interesting and not weighed down with fake family drama; FTWD already has way too much B.S. getting in the way of telling an interesting story.

THE WALKING DEAD’s Oct. 11 premiere will be a 90-minute episode.

 

 

‘Dredd’ Gets a Sequel Series — Online (and for Free)

darkjudgesThe 2012 box-office misfire (but fan-adored) Dredd is a getting a sequel this fall — but probably not the one you expected.

Dredd executive producer Adi Shankar has just revealed that he spent the past two years secretly creating an online spin-off miniseries centering on Judge Dredd’s worst enemies, the Dark Judges: Death, Fire, Fear and Mortis. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Dark Judges hail from a parallel universe and believe life itself is a criminal offense!
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More Online DOCTOR WHO Is on the Way!

PondLifeExecutive producer Steven Moffat promises that there will be more online DOCTOR WHO content in the vein of The Night of the Doctor because he’s taking the new venue more seriously — and the BBC is giving him serious money to do it!

The Grand Moff credits Pond Life (the domestic adventures of Amy and Rory) with opening his eyes to the possibilities of online storytelling:

You suddenly realize something like Pond Life, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over 6 million. You think, ‘Oh, wait, that’s a TV show!’ That’s just a TV show, and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show.
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HEROES REBORN Won’t Save the Cheerleader

claireCreator Tim Kring is planning to bring back HEROES as a 13-episode series called HEROES REBORN, and it appears that at least one star of the original NBC run will not be returning: Hayden Panetteriere as unkillable cheerleader Claire Bennet.

Hayden told Cosmopolitan:

“Well, it was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.”

“I think it’s a whole new set of characters. Who knows? It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”

Hayden, of course, currently stars in the ABC series NASHVILLE.

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Amazon Brings Whit Stillman into the Fold

stillmanIndie filmmaker Whit Stillman has written and will direct and executive-produce an original comedy series called Cosmopolitan exclusively for Amazon Studios that follows the experiences of a group of young expatriates living in Paris, according to Deadline.com.

This is great news to me, as I am a big fan of Stillman and his oeuvre, beginning with his first feature, Metropolitan, and on through Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco — what has become known as his “Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series.” He usually focuses on upper-crust youths and his dialogue is very involved and intellectual — even when the topic under discussion is more puerile. He directs actors to very… mannered (almost stiff) performances that might remind one of Wes Anderson.

Cosmopolitan sounds perfect for Stillman; like a cross between Metropolitan and Barcelona. I highly recommend both of those films, as well as Disco, and advise you watch them in order of release — Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994) and The Last Days of Disco (1998) — because characters from the earlier movies cameo in Disco.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME Begins Today!

Do you know what today is, all you long-deprived BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans? Today is the day that the long-delayed BSG: Blood & Chrome is finally available as a free web series of  10 episodes, each 7- to 12-minutes long, on Machinima’s YouTube channel, Machinima Prime.

William “The Old Man” Adama was not born in command of a battlestar; he had to work his way up through the ranks. BSG:B&C is his story, beginning with his enlistment as a pilot in the First Cylon War. The action-hungry young Adama (Luke Pasqualino) is assigned to the Galactica as a Viper pilot – but his war-weary co-pilot, Coker (Ben Colton), just wants to survive the next 47 days to complete his tour of duty.

Watch this clip of Adama piloting a classic Viper in a dogfight with two old-school Cylon raiders:

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THE WALKING DEAD Webisodes Have Risen Again!

AMC has decided to give fans of THE WALKING DEAD who are climbing the walls waiting for the Oct. 14 season premiere a pre-Halloween treat by bringing back a popular feature from last year — another series of webisodes featuring original characters in stories set in the same universe as TWD TV show.

This new web series stars Daniel Roebuck (ex-Doc Arzt, LOST) and Josh Stewart (ex-Brendan Finney, THIRD WATCH), and manages to rope in the TV show’s Rick Grimes (in a sense) — his storage locker makes an appearance.

Here’s the synopsis:

Cold Storage tells the story of a young man, Chase (Stewart), trying to reach his sister in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. He finds temporary shelter in a storage facility run by a former employee named B.J. (Roebuck); however, things are not what they appear.

You can only watch on the official AMC website, as it appears all the other versions have been hunted down and shot in the head…