Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"The Walking Dead" Finale Breaks Ratings Records By Lindsay Bays

The very anticipated season finale had 6 million viewers that tuned into the last episode.  And it received the highest ratings ever for a basic cable show in the 18 to 49 age bracket.  The show previously in this time slot, Mad Men, which has won many emmy's, had an audience of 2.4 million for its season finale.  This really puts it in perspective at how successful this zombie series has been.  They averaged about 3.5 million regular viewers per episode in its first season which is very high for a basic cable television show.  Now we must wait to see how many people will tune in for next season.  The next season will most likely begin at Halloween again.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Walking Dead receives high praise

Novelist Stephen King has named The Walking Dead his number two TV show of the year. No stranger to the horror genre, this is high praise considering the place in history King has made for himself. In his excitement, he says that"you're talking about that 21st-century rarity, appointment TV."

Read more accolades here:

With the technology available to us, such as DVR and TV on the Internet, "appointment viewing" seems to be on its way out. This makes The Walking Dead's incredible ratings that much more special. It has been ranked as the biggest cable series in history among viewers 18-49 years of age. After just six episodes. It was also the number one original series debut on Fox International Channels.

For more ratings statistics, check here:

John Byrne

Friday, December 3, 2010

And the Writers have left the building...

The Walking Dead scored a great audience of 5.5 million viewers for the latest episode.  This new instant hit show on AMC was renewed for a second season after the air of the second episode.  The original pick-up of the show was just for a mere six sample episodes.  One would probably think that with such an instant success, the show would continue to be produced and air as it began.

This is not the case however.

Rumors are circling that either the director and executive producer, Frank Darabont, has fired or let go his entire writing staff.  It is also spreading that many of the writers left on their own accord.  Either way, this show has lost many assets that helped make it the instant success that it has been thus far.

Another rumor is that instead of hiring more writers for the second season, free-lance writers will be able to submit their own scripts for production of future episodes.

Frank Darabont actually wrote the pilot episode himself.  Hopefully his skill and knowledge will be able to assist with continuing the quality of work that will be put into future episodes.  It would be a shame to have a repeat of the 2008 writers strike that resulted in many good show's seasons being cut short and causing several to loose renewals.

For more info, please visit this article from MTV:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

An Analysis of 'The Walking Dead' and Toyota Corolla

What kind of car do you want to entrust the continuance of you life to if zombies are taking over the world?

To begin, many people will probably want to choose a fast car to use in which to escape a mob of attacking zombies by driving really fast.  Would this help though?  'Fast' cars are generally sporty, and sporty cars are generally small.  A small car would potentially be able to handle well in tight corners but would it be able to drive offroad as well?  Probably not...

On the other end of the spectrum, would a much larger vehicle (say a Semi-Truck or a School Bus) be able to save you?  What these vehicles lack in speed they probably have in the ability to drive through the terrain without extensive damage.  One major deficite with these much larger vehicles though is manueverablity.

Why is there a concern about maneuverability though when your life is at stake? The answer is that if the world has suffered a zombie apocalypse, people will have left their cars wherever they had been when they died.  Anyone who was trying to escape and died in a traffic jam will have left their car in the middle of the road.  

For this reason, it would be important to be able to both maneuver your vehicle of choice as well as be able to drive off-road.

What would be a sensible vehicle then?  A military tank would defiantly help.  As long as you remember to lock the hatch, it would be virtually safe from a zombie.  It would be able to handle any terrain and it comes with its own weapon.  A tank would probably be a little tight on space, but comfort would not matter much as long as you survived.

My personal choice of vehicle would be an armored bank car, ie a Brinks Truck.  It is bullet proof so 1) a hungry zombie would be unable to break the glass and 2) your 'friends' would not be able to try to use their tank to kill you in your sleep.  I think that a Brinks Truck would have slightly more room than a tank which would allow for both comfort as well as supply storage.

--Lori Hardin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Android App Launched Today

Android announced a free app for its tablets and smart phones. The app is a test to see how well you would survive in the event of a zombie apocalypse. For those of us without an Android, an online version is available here:


John Byrne

Monday, November 22, 2010

Head for the Hills!!!

Researchers at Children's hospital are recruiting for a study that involves injecting cancerous cells with a genetically engineered virus. Don't they know that's what triggers the zombie apocalypse!!??? An outbreak of a genetically engineered supervirus!!??? If you live anywhere near the University area, you are in imminent danger! Evacuate immediately!!!


John Byrne

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Artwork of "The Walking Dead" By Lindsay Bays

Here are various cover art, pages and other stills of the Walking Dead comic book series: