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WALKING DEAD, THE
Air Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:26 PM EST on AMC
Episode Title: (#708-86) "Hearts Still Beating"
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***TUNE-IN ALERT***

ALEXANDRIA GETS AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR ON THE MID-SEASON FINALE OF "THE WALKING DEAD," AIRING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 9:00PM ET/PT

FOLLOWED BY THE LIVE AFTER-SHOW "TALKING DEAD" HOST CHRIS HARDWICK IS JOINED BY "THE WALKING DEAD" STAR NORMAN REEDUS WITH CREATOR ROBERT KIRKMAN AND A SURPRISE CAST MEMBER AT 10:26 PM ET/PT

THEN, STORM TROOPERS RECRUIT AT THE STASH ON AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF "COMIC BOOK MEN" AIRING AT 12:50 AM ET/PT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The mid-season finale of television's number #1 show, AMC's "The Walking Dead," airs Sunday, December 11th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. On the eighth episode, "Hearts Still Beating" - written by Matt Negrete and Channing Powell and directed by Michael E. Satrazemis - with members out scavenging for supplies, Negan's unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues. With tensions high, things quickly spin out of control. A marathon of the first seven episodes of season seven will air Sunday, December 11th beginning at 12:47 p.m. ET/PT leading into the mid-season finale.

The first half of season seven sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his will, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don't.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns as television's most watched drama for Adults 18-49. "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

Then, viewers can catch a new episode of the live after-show "Talking Dead" hosted by Chris Hardwick joined by "The Walking Dead" star, Norman Reedus with creator, Robert Kirkman and a surprise cast member at 10:26 p.m. ET/PT.

Then, the mid-season finale of "Comic Book Men" airs at 12:50 a.m. ET/PT. On the eighth episode, "Stash Troopers," members of the 501st Legion of Storm Troopers invade the Stash looking for new recruits. Lives are at stake over the fate of a vintage Ewok playset.

In its sixth season, AMC's popular unscripted series "Comic Book Men" takes another dive into world of geekdom by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. Leading the team behind the shop's counter are Walt, Bryan, Michael and Ming, who geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them. Special guests this season include Cassandra Peterson, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; The Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner; and makeup artist extraordinaire Robert Kurtzman. Whether it's buying and selling memorabilia or embarking on wild adventures away from the store, The Stash cast shares all the juicy details with Kevin during their hilarious podcast, which is woven throughout the series.

About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series with "Mad Men" in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before "Breaking Bad" won it in 2013 and 2014. The network's series "The Walking Dead" is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years. AMC's other current original drama series include "Better Call Saul," "Hell on Wheels," "Turn: Washington's Spies," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Humans," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Into the Badlands," "The Night Manager," "Preacher," and forthcoming "The Son," "The Terror" and "Lodge 49." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "The Making of The Mob," "Comic Book Men," "Ride with Norman Reedus" and "The American West." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

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WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)
Returns Sunday, February 25
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/31/10 - ???
STATUS:
returning this winter (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
8 (16 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2018-19 season (the show's ninth) on 1/13/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from AMC's press release, January 2018) AMC today made a number of announcements related to "The Walking Dead," the highest-rated cable series in history and the #1 show on television for the last six seasons and counting. The series is being renewed for a ninth season, to premiere in late 2018; current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being elevated to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire "Dead" television universe, including "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead," and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms; and Angela Kang, who has been a writer on the show since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013, is being promoted by Gimple to executive producer and showrunner of "The Walking Dead," starting with season nine. "This is an enormously important day for the entire 'The Walking Dead' television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela's significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott's broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play 'Dead.'" "'The Walking Dead' is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman's brilliant comic book," Gimple said. "As the show closes in on its tenth year, I'm honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of 'The Walking Dead' with new narratives like 'Fear the Walking Dead' and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of 'The Walking Dead,' and I'm thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show's next era." "I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with 'The Walking Dead.' Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman's amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me," said Kang. "I'm excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can't wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler
· Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
· Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
· Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa
· Danai Gurira as Michonne
· Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter
· Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
· Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
· Michael Cudlitz as Abraham Ford
· Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
· Seth Gilliam as Gabriel Stokes
· Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha
· Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Andrew J. West as Gareth
· Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese
· David Morrissey as The Governor
· Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
· Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale Horvath
· Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
· Laurie Holden as Andrea
· Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. as Bob Stookey
· Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
· Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
· Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
CREW INFORMATION:
· Charles H. Eglee as EP
· Charlie Adlard as BOOK
· David Alpert as EP
· Frank Darabont as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Gale Anne Hurd as EP
· Glen Mazzara as EP
· Greg Nicotero as EP
· Robert Kirkman as BOOK/EP
· Scott M. Gimple as EP
· Tom Luse as EP
· Tony Moore as BOOK
GENRE(S):
· based on a comic book
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· AMC Studios
· Circle of Confusion
· Idiot Box Productions
· Valhalla Motion Pictures