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TV Blog Buzz: How different will 'Walking Dead' spinoff be? 'Startlingly'

In this image released by AMC, zombies appear in a scene from the second season of the AMC original series, "The Walking Dead," in Senoia, Ga.
Image Credit: AP Photo/AMC, Gene Page
January 18, 2015 - 7:28 PM

With the spinoff for "Walking Dead" ready to go into production, show creator Robert Kirkman is revealing a few clues about the new zombie series.

He says it'll be kind of the same and yet "startlingly different."

"I will say that this is going to be a show about family," Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly.

"But it's going to be a show about a different type of family that we haven't explored in 'The Walking Dead' thus far. So what we're trying to do with the 'Walking Dead' spinoff is keep the story as familiar as possible for people that love 'The Walking Dead' ... but at the same time we'll want to tell these stories in a completely different way with completely different people in a completely different setting that's going to make for a fundamentally different show."

Kirkman brought in a new director that hasn't previously worked with the "Walking Dead" team to give the spinoff its own identity.

"He hasn't directed 'The Walking Dead,'" says Kirkman of Adam Davidson. "So that is one way that we're trying to bring a new directing style to the show — to bring in new visual language to this show. That's something that Adam is working really hard to bring. He'll largely be responsible for the different look and feel that makes the show stand on its own."


"Girls" got off to a characteristically risque start with its season 4 premiere.

You'd think the stars of the show would prefer that their parents not see some of their scenes, but Allison Williams says the opposite is true for her.

Williams asked her parents for input on her recent eyebrow-raising scene.

"I got some advice from my parents because they too are veterans of the show, so their thinking has changed as well," Williams tells New York magazine's Vulture blog.

"We're changing as a family; it's lovely."

For his part, her famous father Brian Williams — anchor of "NBC Nightly News" — says he doesn't get uncomfortable watching his daughter on "Girls."

"She's always been an actress. For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it's acting, no animals were harmed during the filming, and ideally nobody gets hurt."


HitFix is very much looking forward to the "Twin Peaks" reboot and has a list of the 25 characters that should be brought back.

Of course, they want Laura Palmer (played by Sheryl Lee) to return somehow — even if she's dead.

"Can you imagine 'Twin Peaks' without Laura Palmer? The bruised beauty's murder may have been solved, but she is the crux of David Lynch and Mark Frost's macabre vision. Since her doppelganger cousin Maddy was killed off in season 2, it's up to the creators to figure out how to work Sheryl Lee into the followup series — and I trust they'll find a way."

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