AMC's new big hit, "The Walking Dead," received a Golden Globe nomination for best drama on Tuesday. Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, the show about a zombie apocalypse was only six episodes long but broke basic cable viewing records.
Kirkman said he had no idea it was nomination morning when he received congratulation calls from AMC and an e-mail from his publicist. The show, shot in Atlanta in June, was rushed to air in October, which Kirkman called a "ridiculous, completely unreal process for me."
"It's always good drama to see real human characters responding to absolutely horrible situations," he said, trying to explain the show's phenomenal success. "There is no more horrible situation than the end of the world. And zombies are just cool ... I never in a million years thought this comic book would get made into television. Zombies eat people. You don't see that on television every day."
Kirkman said he's pleased with the way the writers of the series have adapted his story and changed it along the way because "it keeps it interesting for me."
The writers use the richness of the comic book as its source but depart from it because of the difference in the two mediums, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said.
"I think there's a global zeitgeist about pending catastrophe, whether it's global financial collapse, natural disasters, H1N1 flu," Hurd said. "People are consumed by a sense of when is the other shoe going to drop. The zombie apocalypse is about finding hope and overcoming despair. ... Plus, zombies are a lot of fun. That's why this show has connected in a way that people didn't expect."
The show's second season begins shooting in the spring. AMC has ordered 13 episodes.
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Photo: Zombie invasion on "The Walking Dead." Credit: Scott Garflied/AMC.