Sunday, July 19, 2015

'The Walking Dead' at Comic-Con, the Emmys, and the Saturn Awards

For this week's Sunday entertainment entry, I'm going to follow up on some threads I left hanging and weave them together.  First, I told my readers at the end of San Diego Comic Con trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to "stay tuned for more trailers, including one each for 'The Walking Dead' and 'Fear the Walking Dead.'  Zombies!"  Next, the footnote to Penny Dreadful's Emmy nominations for music mentioned that "the third [nomination for 'Penny Dreadful' was for Prosthetic Make-up for a series.  They're up against 'The Walking Dead.'  Sorry, vampires and other creatures, but I'm rooting for the zombies in this category."  Who knows, maybe I'll get to write about "The Walking Dead" winning an award again.  Finally, I have an update on "The Walking Dead" spinoff, "Fear the Walking Dead."

The first thread to enter the loom is Comic Con Trailer: The Walking Dead: Season 6.

Get an early look at the all-new Season 6 before it premieres on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c.
It looks like infighting in Alexandria and the Wolves have Daryl!  Other than that, I've got nothing on the trailer right now other than I am looking forward to three months from now when the new season begins and I resume examining how the show develops the most important theme post-apocalyptic shows explore--"the post-apocalyptic story isn’t so much about the collapse of society’s institutions, but about what replaces them."*  I can hardly wait.

Follow over the jump for 'The Walking Dead' at the Emmy and Saturn Awards and the trailer for "Fear the Walking Dead."

Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" earned four Emmy nominations last week.
As I already mentioned, it's up against "Penny Dreadful" for that first award.  The other contenders include "American Horror Story: Freak Show," "Boardwalk Empire," "Game Of Thrones," and "The Knick."  Looks like a who's who of show I've watched.  I'm still rooting for the zombies.

In the other three categories, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" join "Black Sails," "Gotham," and "Marvel's Daredevil" as the other nominees for Outstanding Sound Editing.  All of these same shows except "Black Sails," which is up for Best Visual Effects--a different category--are also contending for Best Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.  The roster is a little different for Best Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie, as "The Blacklist" and "Sons of Anarchy" join "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," and "The Walking Dead."  I'm rooting for the zombies in all of these categories, but the nominees are a good guide to shows I have watched or should be watching.

As for non-technical awards, forget about it.  As Bustle pointed out, "'The Walking Dead' has never even been nominated for an acting Emmy — only special effects, prosthetics, makeup, and more behind-the-scenes awards."  For those, I turn to the Saturn Awards.
Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series:

12 Monkeys
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Falling Skies
The Strain
The Walking Dead (winner)
Best Actor in a Television Series:

Hugh Dancy                        Hannibal (winner-tie)
Grant Gustin                       The Flash
Andrew Lincoln                   The Walking Dead (winner-tie)
Tobias Menzies                   Outlander
Mads Mikkelsen                  Hannibal
Noah Wyle                          Falling Skies
Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series:

David Bradley                      The Strain
Laurence Fishburne             Hannibal  (winner)
Sam Heughan                     Outlander
Erik Knudsen                      Continuum
Norman Reedus                  The Walking Dead
Richard Sammel                 The Strain

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series:

Emilia Clarke                      Game of Thrones
Jenna Coleman                   Doctor Who
Caroline Dhavernas              Hannibal
Lexa Doig                           Continuum
Emily Kinney                      The Walking Dead
Melissa McBride                 The Walking Dead  (winner)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series:

Camren Bicondova                Gotham
Maxim Knight                       Falling Skies
Tyler Posey                          Teen Wolf
Chandler Riggs                     The Walking Dead
Holly Taylor                          The Americans
Maisie Williams                    Game of Thrones  (winner)

Best Guest Performance in a Television Series:

Dominic Cooper                    Agent Carter
Neil Patrick Harris                 American Horror Story: Freak Show
John Larroquette                   The Librarians
Wentworth Miller                   The Flash  (winner)
Michael Pitt                         Hannibal
Andrew J. West                    The Walking Dead
That's more like it, as this list reflects the kind of television my wife and I watch much better than The Emmy Awards do, although we started watching a lot of mainstream dramas, such as "The Good Wife" and "Scandal," based on awards and nominations.  Just the same, these nominees are good suggestions of what we should also watch.**

Finally, my wife and I don't have to wait until October 11th to get our Zombie Apocalypse fix.  "Fear the Walking Dead" premieres Sunday, August 23rd.  Here's Official Comic Con Trailer: Fear the Walking Dead: World Premiere.

This will fill in what happened while Rick was in a coma in "The Walking Dead."  It might also explain the cause of the zombie plague.  Either way, my wife and I will be watching.

*That idea appears again in Why The Best Post-Apocalyptic Stories Are Usually Kind Of Silly by Charlie Jane Anders, who also wrote the io9 review of "Mad Max:Fury Road" that I took it from in the first place.  She pointed out something in that article I didn't know before; "Adventure Time" is a post-apocalyptic story.  Since it has an Emmy nomination, it will now the attention from me it deserves.

**The Saturn Awards cover science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as action, so these are my kind of awards.  I can even join as a voting member.  I might do that, as it would be fun to post a ballot for a real set of awards, not just the Serious Kitten joke awards.  In addition, covering the rest of the nominees and winners would make for a good series of Sunday entertainment entries.  Stay tuned.


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