A Zombie By Any Other Name…

They’re called The Walking Dead because zombies don’t jog. Makes sense. AMC has green-lighted six episodes of The Walking Dead, a feel-good zombie adventure based on the popular black and white comic series (2003) of the same name by Robert Kirkman. Six episodes seems a lot, given that zombies are a one punch-line joke. (They wander around and snack on the living. So what? I do that all the time.)

Most of the story is centered on Atlanta police officer Rick Grimes (cool name) and a small group of survivors who wander around, looking for a safe place to hang out and not get taste-tested by the…WALKING DEAD. There’s a sub-plot involving “the Govenor,” who, while not a zombie, is a different kind of monster, locking it up Rick and his group and making a bad day even worse. Then there are the cannibals, who also eat human flesh, but aren’t official zombies. (When they bite you it freakin’ hurts, but you’ll remain one of the living. Unless said cannibal eats your face off. Then not so much.)

There are several kinds of zombies in this one: “Roamers,” who actively pursue anything that makes a noise and looks like dinner. (I feel plagiarized.) Then there are “Lurker” zombies, who are lazy and just wait for dinner to come to them. I know lots of these types of people. You can avoid being snack-packed by the walking dead by rubbing the essence of zombie on your skin and Old Navy™ pants. OK, ick. But when in Rome/Atlanta…

You’ll need to have a TV in order to watch this series, which debuts in October (2010, duh) during AMC’s annual Fearfest. While the zombie genre is getting overloaded, now that everyone with a Best Buy™ consumer-grade video camera has been making living dead YouTube™ movies over the last ten years, The Walking Dead might be worth some couch time as it’s being handled by Frank Darabont, the guy who did the superior movie adaptions of Stephen King’s The Green Mile and the way cool The Shawshank Redemption.

Note to Frank: PLEASE put me in this TV show. I’ll even pay you. And no, don’t cast me as a survivor. I wanna be one of the zombies to show everyone I can eat flesh as good as the next dead guy.

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