15,000 Dead Fans
- The Walking Dead phenomenon reached new heights as 15,000 fans packed New York's Madison Square Garden to view the season 6 premiere episode.
- "I think it's the biggest (fan event) any television show has ever had. If not, it certainly comes close," said executive producer Gale Ann Hurd. In reflecting on how far the show has come, Hurd said, "I think the first thing that my mind goes back to was what an amazing thing it was for AMC to say yes to this show. AMC and Fox International channels teamed together and greenlit not a pilot, but the first six episodes and that's a big roll of the dice." (Chicago Tribune)
(Comic Book Resources) - AMC's "The Walking Dead" took over Madison Square Garden on Friday for what will go down in history as one of -- if not the-- biggest event in New York Comic Con history. There had never before been a television premiere at the iconic venue, and with free tickets to an advance peek at the biggest show on TV, it was a capacity crowd. It was also an odd one -- a mix of Hollywood VIP dresses, cosplaying fans, and people in full zombie garb. Dressed up or dead, everyone was treated to an electric, unique experience.
"Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick, unable to attend the event, delivered a message thanking the crowd and welcoming superfan and frequent "Talking" guest Yvette Nicole Brown as the night's emcee. Irone Singleton, who played beloved character T-Dog, was also in the crowd, awarding the best cosplayers with front row seats and a chance to interact with the cast on stage.
Brown welcomed the series' executive producers, who thanked the fans as well as the crew who make the show what it is. Taking up a good fourth of the floor seats, the stood to grand applause. Robert Kirkman received the most cheers as he took the mic, promising, "This is only the beginning of the most intense season of 'The Walking Dead.' No one is safe," he went on as the crowd expressed their disapproval. "Go on, boo! It's still gonna happen! Who's your favorite? They'll go first."
14.6 Million Viewers on Sunday
The Season 6 premiere of "The Walking Dead" was the No. 1 show on all of TV for the week with a 7.4 rating in adults 18-49, to go with 14.63 million viewers.
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After the screening, Brown welcomed on nearly the entire "TWD" cast: Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carrol), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Christian Serratos (Rosita), and Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel). With everyone dressed to the nines, Gurira had short hair, Cudlitz was in full Irish formal wear, and Reedus rode a motorcycle up the center aisle and onto a ramp to the stage.
Brown first addressed Lincoln, who said, "I just want to say, 'Hello, Madison Square Garden!' Because I've always wanted to say that. This is unbelievable. I'm dressed like a penguin looking at 15,000 people." Brown asked the sharp dressed man if filming the Season 6 premiere was as epic as the episode itself. "The most annoying part of this epic episode was Norman Reedus arriving late, getting changed and his pants off just before coming on set, getting on his bike, and then actually stealing the coolest shot of the whole episode." Reedus rejoined, "I was late! They put one of the crew members in my outfit, and I ran up and got naked and I was like, 'Bring that bike back here!'" Brown thanked him for the visual, as did the crowd.
Brown turned to ask Masterson, asking what it was like filming in the Atlanta heat while pregnant. "Well, women are invincible, that's for sure," Masterson said. "And you know, my mom had a ton of kids, and she worked all the way up till they were due, so I don't have any excuses," she said, receiving cheers from the audience.
Cudlitz was then asked if he thinks Abraham had finally lost it. "Has Abraham lost it?" he repeated, and then used his kilt to reenact Sharon Stone's infamous interrogation scene from "Basic Instinct," drawing immense laughs. "I don't know," he said coyly.
When Reedus was asked what he wanted to say to the fans, he looked around and said simply, "What's up?" He then asked the crowd to simultaneously wish happy birthday to his son, Mingus, who was sitting in the crowd. The whole of MSG did so with enthusiasm.
On a show-related note, Brown asked how Daryl's mind had changed regarding bringing new people into Alexandria. He said doing so was all about staying vigilant. "Once you give up that part of yourself, you stop the fight. These people on this cast have made him find his self worth in himself, and he's still searching for it."Read More . . . . TV by the Numbers . . . .
Josh McDermitt (L) and Michael Cudlitz attend the season(Theo Wargo / Getty Images)
six premiere of "The Walking Dead" at Madison Square Garden on
October 9, 2015 in New York City.