A night with The Walking Dead

Last night I went to An Evening with the Cast and Crew from The Walking Dead.  Norman Reedus (Darryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), and Greg Nicotero (a producer) were there to talk about the show and fielded a few question from the audience sent ahead of time.  Needless to say, being a fan of The Walking Dead, I throughly enjoyed seeing these four last night.  As a fan located in the midwest opportunities to see actors or crew from a favorite show don’t come around too often.  Being able to hear the passion that these people have for the show was insightful – makes the work they do on the show all that more real since you can tell they are invested in the work they do.

The most enjoyable part for me was hearing Steven Yeun talk about finding a tick on his man parts while they were filming the farm scenes.  A somewhat traumatic experience for him and told in a very funny and entertaining way to the audience.  I took pictures but only had my cell phone and the photos aren’t the best (not worth sharing, should have brought my camera).  Unfortunately, I didn’t submit a question beforehand – couldn’t think of one – but thought of one this morning that I would have liked to ask:  What is the best thing about living in the Zombie apocalypse?  There’s gotta be at least one good thing about living with all those zombies, right?  Why else fight so hard to stay alive all the time.  I think no taxes would be a big plus.

So, looking forward to tonight’s episode of TWD with a renewed appreciation for the cast and crew.  It was obvious from last night that they enjoy their jobs and appreciate the fans.  Oh, and one more thing: Greg Nicotero said that on the Southwest flight from Kansas City to Milwaukee, Norman Reedus signed one of those flyers you see in the backs of the seats and stuck it back into the seat back.  So, if you happen to be on a Southwest flight, take a moment to look at the items in the seatback, you might get lucky and find something signed by Darryl!

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New Year Post

It’s a new year and I’m a few weeks into my reading challenge and sadly, I’m behind. I think all my favorite T.V. shows being on breaks has had the reverse effect and I’m reading less. I tend to read a book during the commercials and since many shows aren’t on right now, I’m not feeling compelled to read. I did get sucked into a 24 marathon, which was awesome yet stifling at the same time since it was on for three days in a row and ran without commercials! At least I’ve got a few more weeks left in my challenge. I’ve had to set one book aside and start-up another since the one I set aside wasn’t going as good as I hoped.

I hope everyone out there had good and festive holidays. I’m not one to make resolutions so here is what I’m looking forward to in 2013 –
completing the 8 week reading challenge
Trying to post more frequently
Reading more blogs and trying to comment on the ones I like – there are so many out there!
A night with the cast of The Walking Dead (in February – can’t wait to go to that!)
The return of all my favorite T.V. shows (please, please, let the wait be over soon)

Happy 2013 to everyone and thanks to those who have liked and/or followed me. It’s such a great feeling when someone enjoys what I’ve posted and I love to check out other blogs and find new ones to follow.

Woodbury is Scary

Rather than post a review of another great episode of Sunday’s The Walking Dead, I’m just going to state my theory on something: The Governor seemed a bit obsessed with Milton’s tea.  My theory is that Milton and the Gov are doing something to the tea with those floating heads in the Gov’s secret room.  Maybe trying to come up with a way to fight off zombieism by ingesting zombie fluids?  Kind of like the antivenom for a snake bite is venom.  Just a thought.  The Gov was so appreciative of Milton’s tea and he also looked at Andrea a bit oddly when she took a sip.  Most likely it’s absolutely nothing, but, a thought none the less.

Hope everyone else is enjoying this season of The Walking Dead as much as I am.  They came out swinging and haven’t stopped, even in an episode that didn’t feature the Grimes gang.

T.V. Premiere Season Bliss (spoilers)

Thursday started a full season of tv bliss for a self-proclaimed tv junkie.  The Big Bang Theory, Vampire Diaries, Project RunwayGrimm, Bedlam, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, plus Bravo’s reality shows (yes I’m addicted to those shows as well) and some others I’m sure I’m missing.

My Thursday started out with the Big Bang Theory (last week was the premiere) with Amy being worried about Sheldon’s new assistant (really Amy?).  For fans of BBT, we know that Amy has nothing to worry.  Penny however, may have a different story.  The Big Bang is a great show to watch for laughs and entertainment.  Sheldon is my favorite but every character on the show is great.  Then it was on to Vampire Diaries and Elena’s “change.”  For those who read the books last season’s cliff hanger wasn’t too much of a surprise (we knew it would happen eventually).  I did think her change was a little bit dragged out and too dramatic, but what else should I have expected from Elena?  Caroline was initially happy when she thought Tyler had returned, but Klaus managed to have a little surprise for her.  Bonnie struggled with wanting to help her friends but using magic that she shouldn’t be.   And Damon and Stephan fall into their usual roles of trying to save/help Elena.  Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy Vamp Diaries, I was just a bit impatient with the premiere.  Over on Project Runway it was time to decide who wouldn’t be going to fashion week.  I still watch PR but since the switch to Lifetime, the designers don’t seem to be pushed enough.

Friday – thank Grimm it’s Friday!  I couldn’t agree more with NBC’s tag line for this show.  After a stress filled week of work, having Grimm to look forward to is exactly what is needed.  The episode started out with what seemed like Juliette finally remembering Nick, but it ended up just being a dream.  Grimm is one of my favorite shows.  An original, scripted show that has quality story lines and keeps the action going is rewarding to watch (from a tv junkie point of view).  The character development is well paced and makes sense.  This one show that I hope is on for quite some time.

Then tonight – Saturday – it’s Bedlam on BBC America.  This is another spooky show that is well done (its a British show, how can it not be?).  This is the second season of the show on BBC-A and it was a good premiere last week.  Hoping they can explain a little more about Jed’s connection with Ellie

Sunday night is the long anticipated third season of The Walking Dead.  I haven’t read the comic books but I understand the prison is something fans have been waiting for.  After the long, drawn out time on Herschel’s farm last season, I’m hoping the prison is full of action and great zombie kills that were missing from last season.

Then this Wednesday is the 2nd season premiere of American Horror Story.  Last season FX did a superb job with AHS.  The fact that AHS is a stand alone story makes it easy for new viewers to hop on board – no catching up on what happened before.  The previews for AHS have looked wonderfully disturbing and I think I’ll have to DVR it and watch during the day.

So many shows to watch and so little time.  I hope fellow tv junkies have enjoyed the premieres of their shows.  Happy t.v. viewing to all!