Monday, March 07, 2011
PaleyFest 2011: 'The Walking Dead'
(Flickr pic by Popculturegeek.com.)
I had a blast on Friday moderating the kick off panel for this year's PaleyFest, devoted to AMC's "The Walking Dead."
Despite fighting a severe cold, director/exec producer/writer Frank Darabont was lively and engaged, as was original "Walking Dead" graphic novel creator Robert Kirkman (also an exec producer on the show). Darabont, Kirkman and exec producer Gale Anne Hurd weren't all that forthcoming with spoilers, but did give a few hits about season two ... and also gave more backstory on the show's narrative. Backing them up were series stars Andrew Lincoln ("Rick Grimes"), Sarah Wayne Callies ("Lori Grimes"), Jon Bernthal ("Shane Walsh"), Laurie Holden ("Andrea"), Steven Yeun ("Glenn") and Emma Bell ("Amy").
Yeun was a fan favorite, and much like his character on the show, brought quite a bit of comic relief to the panel. And Bell... well, seeing how her character is now dead, she conjured quite a bit of sympathy from the panel and the crowd.
Here's a clip from the panel, uploaded by Paley Center:
And here are some various recaps from the evening:
The Futon Critic
Variety On the Air