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The Walking Dead Adds The Wire Alum Seth Gilliam As A Series Regular

Seth GilliamWell that didn’t take very long at all. Season four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is barely in the books, but that has never stopped the producers from moving forward, and the series has already added another cast member for season five. And yet again, they’ve poached some talent from HBO’s The Wire. I guess it isn’t really poaching, since The Wire is dead and gone, but they’re definitely mining that talent pool. Seth Gilliam, who played detective Ellis Carver on the classic cop show, has been cast as a series regular next season. In addition to this news, Telltale Games has also released some new screenshots of the newest installment of their The Walking Dead video game.

Deadline reports that Gilliam, who has done turns on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Teen Wolf in his years since The Wire wrapped up, will play a character named Michael Todd. That isn’t his real name, which is being kept under lock and key, but the report speculates that he could be Gabriel Stokes, a priest who joins the crew, that is assuming they get out of that sticky situation in Terminus in one piece.

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Town Of The Living Dead Comedic Docuseries Greenlit By Syfy

When filmmaker George Romero directed Night of the Living Dead over 40 years ago, there’s no way he could have known how many people would: A) take his undead characters, call them zombies, and put them in every conceivable plot device; and B) use his “of the Living Dead” title to spice up their own zombie-related work. (Not to mention all the puns, like 1990’s Night of the Living Bread.) Syfy is heading into a new territory for zombie media with the upcoming comedic docuseries Town of the Living Dead, which will chronicle a filmmaker’s troubled attempts to create a piece of art, in this case a zombie movie called Thr33 Days Dead.

But this isn’t just some hack film student trying to gross his friends out; this is a passion project for an entire community. Town of the Living Dead will film in the small town of Jasper, Alabama, where many of its citizens, especially director John M. Ware, have spent the past six years of their lives trying to turn Thr33 Days Dead into a full independent feature.

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The Walking Dead Showrunner Says The Series Could Continue For Ten Years

The Walking DeadSeason four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is in the books and, especially the final eight episodes, the series is as good as it has ever been. It is still far from perfect, but in the hands of the latest showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, fans have more reason to be optimistic about the future—of the show, not the characters, those guys are totally screwed. With shows like Talking Dead, the series has always been all about interacting with its viewers, and Gimple stopped by Larry King Live to answer a slew of questions from Twitter followers.

Though he does address a variety of topics and queries, he, understandably, has to skip over some specific spoilers for the upcoming season five, which goes into production next month. But there are times when his omissions are just as telling as his answers.

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In The Flesh Season 2 Trailer Tears Kieren Apart

When you think of zombies, what probably springs immediately to your mind is a swarm of rotting, undead corpses shuffling about, arms outstretched, trying their level best to take a bite out of your fleshy bits. That’s how it is in AMC’s The Walking Dead and George Romero’s genre-defining Dead trilogy, though the BBC’s take on the subject matter, In the Flesh, takes a different approach. Season two of the show is set to debut soon, and this new trailer illustrates just how the show stands apart from its contemporaries.

In the Flesh picks up after humanity has survived a zombie war. Though many were hunted down and killed by militias, they’ve found a way to rehabilitate the zombies and reintegrated them into society. That’s where the drama picks up, with the sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS), including Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), attempting to reclaim their lives.

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Bacteria Turns Plants Into Zombies

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Witches’ broom are indications of parasites

We all know how to turn people into zombies: just give them boring, 9-5 jobs (or worse, 8-6, 7-7, etc) that don’t require them to use their brains at all and thus turn them into the shuffling, vacant-eyed folks that appear in Shaun of the Dead even before the undead start snacking on them. Animals can become zombies too, when under the control of bodysnatching parasites. Now, scientists have learned that bacteria can work their zombie mojo on plants, too.

A team of scientists from Norwich, UK’s John Innes Centre published research in PLOS Biology that describes how phytoplasmas, parasitic bacteria that wreak havoc on the likes of sugarcane and coconut, take over plants and make them do all sorts of things they otherwise wouldn’t. Flowers become shoots, petals change color, and the plant sends up the telltale “witches’ broom” shoots. As the parasite takes hold, the host becomes incapable of reproducing. Insects descend on these new shoots, transmitting the bacteria to make new zombies. They don’t even have to bite anything. The report points out that for all intents and purposes, the plant is dead, living on bacterial life support.

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Syfy Gets Into The Zombie Game With Z Nation

SyfyAMC has their zombie show, an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead; BBC has one of their own, In the Flesh; and damn it, Syfy wants one of their own. And what Syfy wants, Syfy gets, in this case in the form of their new zombie show Z Nation. You can see the obvious allusion to Max Brooks’ World War Z in the title.

The undead are everywhere, from movie screens and TVs to video games and marketing for cars and candy, and it takes a lot to set a new project apart from the pack. Syfy seems to be hanging their prospects in this area on one fact, that while the zombie apocalypse genre is usually rather depressing, Z Nation plans to offer viewers a more hopeful outlook. That certainly is a different approach than the overwhelming bleakness of The Walking Dead.

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