Sunday, October 12, 2014

AMC's The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere Sunday Oct 12 2014 9PM ET & Staying Alive For A Sixth Season


#1 Show on Television Among Adults 18-49, and Highest-Rated Show in Cable History, Returns for Its Fifth Season at 9 PM ET/PT on October 12, 2014. Followed by Live “Talking Dead” Aftershow

[AMCNetworks Press Release]

New York – October 7, 2014 – Days away from its season five premiere, AMC announced today that it has renewed "The Walking Dead", the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The season five premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the live season premiere of Talking Dead at 10 p.m. ET/PT with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

Social media activity and interest around The Walking Dead is up significantly from the same period a year ago. For several weeks leading up to the season five premiere, the show has been #1 in digital engagement of all returning fall cable series, as measured by the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating. The show’s social media following and fan engagement are at an all-time high with more than 30 million Facebook fans and 2.7 million Twitter followers, while video views of scenes and trailers for the upcoming season are well outpacing last year’s results.

For season six, Scott M. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also recently announced that it has ordered a pilot for a potential companion series to “The Walking Dead,” based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.

Around the world, “The Walking Dead” will again be “First on FOX,” with FOX International Channels (FIC) bringing the show to audiences globally within 24 hours after the U.S. launch. Season 5 premieres on October 13 in all of its 125+ markets as part of FIC’s continued commitment to broadcast the series day-and-date internationally. Following the U.S. trend, “The Walking Dead” continues to break records overseas and has more than tripled its numbers on FOX since its launch.

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and the forthcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul.” AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Talking Dead,” “Comic Book Men,” “Game of Arms” and “4th and Loud.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.


FOX International Channels (FIC) is 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FIC’s core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel. FIC’s movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and Star Chinese Movies. Our non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.725 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FIC owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties. In operation since: August 14, 1993.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Support of Victimized Ohio Autistic Teen, Sverve and GiveForward Launch #Love>Hate Fundraising Campaign

The bullies from Bay Village Ohio who "pranked" an autistic teen with a fake ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have been identified and may face criminal assault charges. The three teens convinced an autistic classmate to participate in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But they had no intention of doing a real challenge. Instead of water and ice, the bullies poured urine, feces, spit, and cigarette butts on the autistic teen. They videotaped and posted the cruel act on social media sites. Ohio native Drew Carey and other celebrities [Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg] offered rewards in excess of $10K to I.D. the bullies. Three teens have been identified.

"Under Ohio law, no person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another. Physical harm means any injury, illness, or other physiological impairment regardless of its gravity or duration." At this time it has not been determined specifically what charges will be filed against the three who have been identified as the perpetrators. Bay Village Ohio school officials say they will take no disciplinary action until the police complete their criminal investigation. The "prank" did not occur during school hours nor on school property. However if it can be proven the victim's education process has been interfered with, the teens could be suspended and/or expelled.

The school also released the following statement: "Dear Bay Village students, parents, staff and community members: Many of our students and staff members have been participating in fundraising for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge. It hurts us deeply to see such a wonderful effort twisted to deliberately cause someone pain. We are supporting our Bay Village Police Department as they vigilantly work to complete their investigation in this case."

Fundraising for the victimized teen has not been limited to celebrities on twitter. Give Forward "the world's #1 fundraising site for helping people in need" in conjunction with social media site Sverve has launched #Love>Hate campaign in support of the autistic teen. As of this posting GiveForward has reached 54% of the #Love>Hate $5000.00 goal.

For official ALS IceBucketChallenge Information please click this link: ALS

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Joan Rivers 6~8~1933 - 9~4~2014

Pioneer. Author. Businesswoman. Philanthropist. Wife. Mother. Widow. Grandmother. Fashionista. Comedian. Icon. Joan Alexandra Molinsky better known as Joan Rivers.

i never met Ms Rivers but i am a fan. That was inevitable. Besides being one of my favorite comedians, i always felt a connection to her. my [late] mother & she had the same first name. One of my siblings was born the same day as Ms Rivers---June 8th which also means she and my sib's astrological sign is gemini and mine is too.

If someone were to ask what will i miss most about Joan Rivers i cannot limit my answer to only one thing. i loved her catch-phrases: "can we talk" "oh grow up!" "pick a finger" and my favorite "who are you wearing?" she was a force of nature, with a quick wit and a sharp one when need be. she wasn't perfect, but being true to her brutally frank nature she was as quick to point out her own flaws as she was to catalog others. she was funny. she was brave. she was smart.

When i'd heard the news of Ms Rivers having gone into respiratory and cardiac arrest while undergoing a "routine procedure", an endoscopy, at an outpatient facility, later being rushed to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma---i, despite praying i was wrong---knew to prepare myself for the worst.

As of this posting Yorkville Endoscopy clinic is being investigated by the NYC Department of Health. The NYC Medical Examiner’s Office is also investigating the cause of Ms Rivers’ death.

In the meantime NYC and indeed the world are celebrating the life and mourning the loss of Joan Rivers. May the gods speed her. A private memorial will be held 11:00am Sunday 9~7~2014 at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El.