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The Walking Dead Takes You Behind The Scenes Of Season Five

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AMC’s hugely popular zombie drama The Walking Dead is deep into production of its fifth season. In previous years, there has been a gap in the narrative between when one season ends and the next begins, but given the cliffhanger nature of the season four finale, that isn’t a legitimate option. Consequently, there hasn’t been as much news coming from the Georgia-based set as usual, but this weekend the network will treat fans to their first look at the upcoming episodes. As a taste of what’s to come, there are two new behind-the-scenes videos for you to check out, as well as some words from showrunner Scott Gimple about what season five, and beyond, might look like, and even a few tidbits about the still-in-development spinoff series.

The first video shows off the key members of the cast and crew talking about the premiere episode of the upcoming season, and they’re like kids on the first day of school, but nerdy kids, the ones who actually like being in the classroom. Sure it’s their job to hype the show they’re working on, but everyone does appear to be hyped up for the new season, even calling it this one specific installment the most ambitious first episode they’ve ever tackled.

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Under The Dome Returns For Season Two: This Week’s Sci-Fi TV

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DomeI wasn’t one of the folks who stuck with CBS’ Under the Dome last summer, as it shaved off my limited interest pretty quickly. Just for the sake of being informed, however, I sat back down and powered all the way through the first season a few weeks ago, so I can now honestly say: well, that was a mess. Just how much of a mess is doubly frustrating since that first season was under the guidance of Brian K. Vaughan, the otherwise brilliant comics writer behind Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man, and Saga. Frankly, I expected better from a show he was heading, and now this season he’s left to do other things. So the chances I’ll make it all the way through season 2 probably aren’t very good. Unless I get stuck under a mysterious dome and have nothing better to do. At any rate, Under the Dome returns tonight on CBS, so tune in and see what those pink stars are all about. (I’m presuming future seasons will address the question of green clovers, purple horseshoes, and and blue diamonds.)

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Saturn Awards Honor Gravity And The Walking Dead, Snub Star Trek Into Darkness

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GravityThe Saturn Awards turned 40 this year, marking four decades of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films honoring their picks for the best in genre film, television, and home video. The 2014 awards were handed out last Thursday night, June 26, in Burbank, California. The big winner of the night was Alfono Cuarón’s Gravity — not that big a surprise given the massive success the film was last year, racking up $716 million in worldwide box office. Spike Jonze’s Her also took home several awards, with The Walking Dead, Hannibal, and Breaking Bad dominating the TV side of things. One contender that got totally shut out? Star Trek Into Darkness, which managed five nominations but didn’t take home a single win. Of course, they also gave a nomination to Lone Ranger, so take that as you will.

Check out the full list of winners for the 2014 Saturns below.

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Blu-ray Set And Trailer Revealed

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AMC’s The Walking Dead ended its ratings-monster Season 4 this past March, and since then, fans have clamored to know what will happen to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang of misfit survivalists. Unfortunately, we have absolutely no inside info on the future of the Terminus storyline, but we do have a good idea for how you can spend your time waiting for Season 5 to arrive this fall. Anchor Bay Entertainment announced The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season will hit Blu-ray and DVD on August 26, and they put out this blurb-filled trailer for the release. Want to find out more about this “honest-to-God phenomenon?” Keep reading.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD will contain five discs, though some will obviously be higher quality than others. Each set has hours of bonus features, including audio commentaries for certain episodes, deleted scenes, and never-before-seen production footage. The Blu-ray release contains even more episode commentaries, as well as “extended” episodes, available to watch for the first time. Does that just mean they edited deleted scenes back into the main narrative? I have no idea, but if any of that footage is of Carl (Chandler Riggs) trying to talk about his feelings, count me out.

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The Walking Dead Invades Your 4th Of July With A Marathon And Season Five Preview

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The Walking DeadIf you’re fiending for your Walking Dead fix, have no fear, you won’t have to wait much longer. Over Independence Day weekend, as America celebrates our favorite past times, blowing things up and fighting the British, AMC will unleash a swarm undead flesh eaters that should satisfy even the more diehard fan of their hit zombie drama.

Starting bright and early at 9 in the morning—probably Eastern time—on July 4, the network will begin airing episodes of The Walking Dead, and won’t stop until they’ve shown every single one, which will be about 9 pm on Sunday, July 6. But that’s not all. After you’ve sat through four consecutive seasons of walkers and Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) questionable decision-making, they will air a special installment of the weekly follow up, Talking Dead. Host Chris Hardwick will preview the upcoming fifth season, and you can bet there will be some cool interviews with important players from the cast and crew.

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Pop Culture: Sci-Fi TV & Film’s Best And Worst Dads

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JorElKentToday we’ve all hopefully been spending time with our fathers, or at least with our fond memories of them. Given how much of an impact our fathers have on our lives — even if only by their absence — there’s no surprise that daddy issues extend all the way to the final frontier. So, in honor of Father’s Day, we decided to take a closer look at some of science fiction’s most memorable dads, and the ways their teachings and legacies shaped their children.

As the bar against all others will be measured, we decided on a duo that represent both sides of the old “nature vs. nurture” debate: the Kryptonian Jor-El and the Kansan Jonathan Kent. Jor-El gave Kal-El the genetic potential to do great things, and his final acts were to ensure his son’s survival even as his planet died. On the other hand, Jonathan Kent (along with Martha, of course) helped shape Clark into a true hero worthy of the name Superman. So, with Jor-El and Jonathan serving as two sides of our paternal ideal, here are our picks…

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