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Of course, my own perspective is US Television and cable, you might not be privy to the same broadcast shows, but since few people comment on things other then GTA here, it's hard to tell really. DVD and other forms of programming do allow much wider access to programs and movies.

 

I wanted to list the programs likely worthy of your attention ending or starting new seasons this year.

 

Just ending are AMC's Mad Men, and The Walking Dead, one for good.

 

Starting up soon, the second season of Halt and Catch Fire, also on AMC and mentioned here upon it's debut.

 

Starting up but nearing an end of it's first season ever; Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk who found fame in Vince Gillligan's hit series Breaking Bad.

 

I came late to that series, but not before it's final showing. So it was great to be on board enjoying that. I also am binging on past episodes of Game of Thrones on HBO. While I have that network, been enjoying a lot of it's programming.

Game of Thrones returns for an all new season, as you no doubt heard based on it's major fan following.

Sure to be a hit on the next installment of WATCHATHON a cable favorite for Xfinity/Comcast fans. Here in the USA, that entitles ALL cable subscribers to a week of any premium channel programming for free, you can use On Demand to watch anything available under the channel headings. It's awesome, have to say!

 

Also coming up later in 2015, the aforementioned Walking Dead spin off show, set earlier in the 'zombie apocalypse' and in Los Angeles California.

Let's hear your opinions on any of this, are you binge watching?? Are you collecting series on optical disc? DVR over-load?!?!?

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Starz' Black Sails just had its season finale this past Saturday and I can't wait for S3. Blackbeard's in the house, bitches!

 

My immediate thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead are that LA is a great setting, for the simple fact that the show's main focus is day-to-day survival while LA would become an extremely difficult place to live once public utilities (water, electricity, etc.) go out. I just hope it doesn't spoil the whole franchise by revealing the cause of the epidemic or going into the wider state of the world.

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My idea about a Walking Dead spin off concerns how temperature differences of different regions would effect the plague existence.

 

The problem is the real intense production needed just in a temperate climate, the cast has been on record over heat soaring in the current Georgia location where the series is shot. But it would be interesting, just as snow and other geographical climate can effect video games differences and offer a unique look at something differently.

Some horror movies were set in cold, frigid locations like The Thing, but I'm sure it was no small challenge in doing so!

 

As for the cause, we got some idea in the CDC visit early in the series, but Scott Gimple, current producer and writer (I believe he writes the final script IIRC) has stated that he wouldn't work on something where you didn't have a start and finish line already envisioned and filling in the middle is what they spend time working on, and the graphic novels will account for some of this, but not all.

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As for the cause, we got some idea in the CDC visit early in the series,

 

No, that was insight on how it works, not what it is. And even then, it's still scant enough to keep the mystery floating.

 

 

 

but Scott Gimple, current producer and writer (I believe he writes the final script IIRC) has stated that he wouldn't work on something where you didn't have a start and finish line already envisioned and filling in the middle is what they spend time working on, and the graphic novels will account for some of this, but not all.

 

Scott Gimple can go suck a dildo, Robert Kirkman is the final authority and he stated in a Letter Hacks that he has no intention of going into exacting details.

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The Center for Disease Control doctor (I'm bad remembering ALL the character names) whispered something before blowing up the compound, I believe if that wasn't the factoid mentioning infection pre-existing prior to 'turning' then it might come into play later. It's hard to remember small scenes like that that aren't explained in short order.

 

Recalling that Game of Thrones is also based on prior writings (novel) It's said that the new season deviates from the written source in both cases, so one cannot look for too many pre-existing clues.

Also there's a tight security both for fans and the public as well as the actor's scripts they get prior to filming, so I believe, they're in the dark nearly as much as we are.

 

RE: my comment about Scott Gimple, word is and likely mentioned in the Wiki for the series that the original producer quit over seeing the scripting differently. Kirkman doesn't seem too self absorbed to be angered about others working on the formulation, but the details I don't think were made public. I saw Robert Kirkman on the IFC series about writing series, and I hope people can find that to view somewhere. It allowed insight into how Walking Dead came about and his personal vision for it.

 

The series might already be shelved, it seemed shortlived and I lost access to IFC after a year of introductory cable service mandated a change in my premium channels. I'm glad I got that viewing in! The series was already going for several seasons, and it aired probably about a year ago. I stand by what I said about Gimple's statements, I believe he voiced that nearly verbatim on The Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick

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The Center for Disease Control doctor (I'm bad remembering ALL the character names) whispered something before blowing up the compound, I believe if that wasn't the factoid mentioning infection pre-existing prior to 'turning' then it might come into play later. It's hard to remember small scenes like that that aren't explained in short order.

 

Dr. Jenner. What he told Rick was revealed in the last episode of S3, that everyone is already infected with whatever is causing it. And actually, if one turns their TV up loud enough, it can be heard that he tells Rick something like, "It's already inside of us."

 

 

 

RE: my comment about Scott Gimple, word is and likely mentioned in the Wiki for the series that the original producer quit over seeing the scripting differently. Kirkman doesn't seem too self absorbed to be angered about others working on the formulation, but the details I don't think were made public. I saw Robert Kirkman on the IFC series about writing series, and I hope people can find that to view somewhere. It allowed insight into how Walking Dead came about and his personal vision for it.

 

The series might already be shelved, it seemed shortlived and I lost access to IFC after a year of introductory cable service mandated a change in my premium channels. I'm glad I got that viewing in! The series was already going for several seasons, and it aired probably about a year ago. I stand by what I said about Gimple's statements, I believe he voiced that nearly verbatim on The Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick

 

I highly doubt Kirkman is going to let someone go in a completely contradictionary direction, though. As far as Frank Durabont's departure, the true reason has never been clarified, IIRC. Durabont claims he was fired while AMC claims he quit and both parties are sticking to their guns.

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I didn't think Frank Darabont had Scott Gimple's job, so that's interesting, but if you recall your TV and films well, Frank's reputation in the business was cemented with the works of Stephen King! You can't go wrong cutting your chops on his material...or can you?? hahaha

I suppose so.

 

The reasons behind what Gimple said about the scripting don't preclude anything Robert Kirkman who originated it, has said. What we don't know is how they come up with alternate story, what to include, and what not to.

 

But there was a stated difference of opinion on how that should play out, and someone left due to that, Was it Frank Durabont? Perhaps. 

Anyway, what I heard said was that more of the middle of a predetermined path for the TV SERIES is fudged about in an ongoing process so it's likely debated and discussed months before shooting.

I'm assuming he meant that only the TV series had a planned ending that could be reached perhaps, if need be to end the TV series, the comic or graphic novels don't have to adhere to the TV medium by their sheer nature.

 

Oh and addendum to the other posting about lack of participation here at TheGTAPlace, there are people posting about online mods of the game still, and their YouTube efforts or finds, all relating to GTA gaming, and they're welcome to do so, but you mention you found my posts boring or not of interest, that's no reason for someone not to post, or be BANNED as GTAF do, what it means is the person who comes to read content only view and comment on what interests them, it could be anything at all within the structure of the forum.

I don't bother reading what I don't have an interest in, and that goes for the whole of the Internet and anything else in print. I just feel giving someone a hard time about that is the wrong thing to do. It's also more harmful then good. It's starts to seem like some sort of personal fight with someone over how they're flawed. Just so you know, my comments aren't intended ever to hurt someone's feelings. I just feel like people misinterpret far easier online then off. But it can happen anywhere, really

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I didn't think Frank Darabont had Scott Gimple's job, so that's interesting, but if you recall your TV and films well, Frank's reputation in the business was cemented with the works of Stephen King! You can't go wrong cutting your chops on his material...or can you?? hahaha

I suppose so.

 

The reasons behind what Gimple said about the scripting don't preclude anything Robert Kirkman who originated it, has said. What we don't know is how they come up with alternate story, what to include, and what not to.

 

But there was a stated difference of opinion on how that should play out, and someone left due to that, Was it Frank Durabont? Perhaps. 

Anyway, what I heard said was that more of the middle of a predetermined path for the TV SERIES is fudged about in an ongoing process so it's likely debated and discussed months before shooting.

I'm assuming he meant that only the TV series had a planned ending that could be reached perhaps, if need be to end the TV series, the comic or graphic novels don't have to adhere to the TV medium by their sheet nature

 

The show runner has his hands in everything, he/she is essentially equivalent to the director of a feature film. Directors of TV series are actually a lot lower on the food chain (unless they hold other, higher production roles like Greg Nicotero does on TWD), because otherwise every one would be an absolute mess with individual directors of episodes going in different, often contradictory, directions. Imagine a scenario in TWD where, say, Maggie is the sweetest and most virtuous girl in the world in one episode, then in the next she's suddenly the meanest skank in the world who sleeps with every male character on the show every chance she gets.

 

I'm not taking anything away from Frank Durabont's "chops", just relating the most common story I've heard concerning his departure and the reasons for it.

 

Kirkman has actually stated that when the comic ends, he's going to end it on a high note. So there's really no conflict there between it and the TV series.

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For the AMC TV end, I think of Gale Ann Hurd, former assistant to none other then James Cameron, as the head of the Television production, she's got quite a resume, going back to the monumental Terminator film!!

 

Oh, and of course the input of Greg Nicoterro who has worked on SFX horror before. It shows. He was likely influenced by Tom Savini.

I'd say your example is flawed in that the actors, new and old still work according to a script that's known a week or so I suspect, ahead of time, keeping security tight on such matters.

Continuity usually requires someone in charge of maintaining shots from week to week or however it plays out, and that's needed for TV and movies, so I think that would also prevent what you describe.

 

In a quick search for something to include, I found this new posted online article, again, don't think it is backing up our arguments one way or the other, Including it because it's newly posted is all....

 

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/walking-dead-season-6-plot-production-updates-rick-morgan-clash-new-storyline-total-1495991

 

Another of interest, looking for one that's closest to up-to-date, maybe an earlier one points out better factoids, though I don't know.

http://comicbook.com/2015/01/29/whats-the-difference-between-the-walking-dead-tv-show-and-comic-/

 

I had some issues editing due to the old Ethernet cable I had been using lost it's locking plastic tongs, it doesn't secure a connection to the router and the new one also presented some issue. I had to post-pone editing on the fly as a result, but this comparison goes to what's fresh in everyone's mind, the ending of the Mid-Season thus far.

Also news popped up on my screen that the new GoT HBO series has been leaked online, the complete season?!? How so? I don't know, but it's alarming in the degree that someone might try that with the PC release of GTA 5, cracking it for free download and not support Rockstar Games for finally getting to PC, which they should THANKS via their payment of the game. Anyway, catching up for Game of Thrones is advised if you have anything like Comcast cable's Watchathon this year! One week only, all episodes available to view, BINGE!!

 

http://screencrush.com/the-walking-dead-season-5-comic-tv-comparison-try/

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I found this page talking about the Show-runner changes, worth noting to append our discussion above....

http://screencrush.com/tags/the-walking-dead/

 

I remember some of the earlier Talking Dead, but I think that aftershow party of sorts came on after the show had run for awhile. They were toying with the idea of adding a TALKING AMC segment to other series, but I think that might have been Chris Hardwick's joking at some point

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