AMC renews 'Talking Dead' and 'Comic Book Men'
The geeks are truly ascendant these days. Not only is a superhero movie raking in loads of cash at the box office, but the recently completed second season of "The Walking Dead" pulled in massive ratings. And even the people who spend their lives talking about such things are doing well, as evidenced by AMC's renewal of its genre chat show "Talking Dead" and the uber-geeky reality series "Comic Book Men."
Both shows are getting 16-episode second seasons.
"Talking Dead," hosted by Nerdist podcasting honcho Chris Hardwick, follows each episode of the hit zombie series "The Walking Dead" with in-depth discussion of the just-completed episode, featuring celebrity guests/fans such as Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith and Anthrax's Scott Ian, in addition to "Walking Dead" cast members such as Laurie Holden and show creator Robert Kirkman.
New episodes of "Walking Dead" are expected to start airing late in 2012, with the "Talking Dead" shambling behind.
"Comic Book Men," from executive producer Kevin Smith, highlights the comic shop antics of Smith's New Jersey-based high school friends Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson and Mike Zapcic. The six episodes of the show's first season aired following the second half of "The Walking Dead's" second season.
In a statement, Smith said, "A thousand thank you's wouldn't cover the gratitude I'm feeling right now. And as you might imagine, everyone at SModcast Pictures is in love with everyone at AMC today!"
"Comic Book Men" and "Talking Dead" are part of AMC's expanding unscripted lineup, which includes the currently-airing ad exec series "The Pitch" and "Inside the DHS," which looks at life inside the Department of Homeland Security (don't expect a lot of flipped tables and excessive smooshing on that one).
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Walt Flanagan, left, and Mike Zapcic on "Comic Book Men." Credit: Dane Potter / AMC