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Chris Hardwick ends The Talking Dead with heartfelt message by saying goodbye to his Father who has just passed away. 

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This Sunday, Talking Dead Returns With Chris Hardwick, Glen Mazzara and Dave Navarro

The Walking Dead returns Sunday at 9/8c. You know what that means: More guns, more guts and moreTalking Dead. That’s right: The Walking Dead's live aftershow returns this Sunday, too, at Midnight/11c. This week, host Chris Hardwick talks with Executive Producer Glen Mazzaraand musician Dave Navarro. Go to TalkingDead.com today to submit any questions you have about this week’s Midseason Premiere.

Talking Dead airs Sundays at Midnight/11c throughout The Walking Dead season. Watch the 15-minute online bonus segment on TalkingDead.com immediately following the live broadcast.


Q&A - Talking Dead Host Chris Hardwick

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The host of AMC’s Talking Dead discusses his new book on nerd culture, imagines what Mark Twain might say about The Walking Dead and explains what the zombie series has in common with his erstwhile MTV dating show, Singled Out.

Q: How did you end up hosting Talking Dead?

A: I don’t know if that’s really an exciting story. I was a fan of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman had been on my podcast, and I had somehow heard that AMC was thinking of doing a wrap-up show. And time froze for a second and I was like, “What?” I immediately got on the phone with my manager and I basically just said, “You have to get me that job!” I don’t know how you can represent that tone in text, but…

Q: Did you have to do any sort of campaigning?

A: I felt like my audition was moderating The Walking Dead panel at Comic Con. I thought, well, if I completely bone this I’m probably not going to get the job. So it worked out that I thankfully did not bone the panel and then right after that they gave me the job.

Q: Is there anyone you fantasize about having on the show?

A: I think, Mark Twain would be delightful.

Q: OK, I was sort of thinking of people who are still alive… but what do you think Mark Twain would say about The Walking Dead?

A: You see, now you make me want to sit down and write a fake Mark Twain speech about The Walking Dead filled with colorful adjectives and jumping frogs. [Laughs] I don’t know, he’d probably say there’s not enough frog-catching in the show.

Q: There’s a whole episode about frog-catching!

A: That’s right, there was! He would have particularly loved the episode about frog-catching.

Q: Your new book, The Nerdist Way, pretty much establishes you as the world’s biggest nerd authority. How did you come to write it?

A: It was based on an article that I had written for Wired magazine about the religion of self-help. Philosophically, it was the idea that when I was growing up, nerd culture was not a cool thing to be involved in. All the stuff that I loved, I didn’t keep it secret per se, but I just wasn’t really out in public about it because people in the ’80s were s——-y and judgy. And then it became much more accepted because now nerds are these societal overlords who control technology and pop culture.

Q: Do you ever feel protective of nerd culture against the mainstream?

A: It’s way better than the other way. No, I don’t really want to go back to the way it was. Also, one of the things about nerds is — and Talking Dead is the perfect example of this — we try to understand things on a granular level. So even if people half-ass or passively consume nerd pop culture, there’s always room for nerds to go deeper into regions people are never gonna touch. There are still nerd catacombs that the surface dwellers will not enter. [Laughs]

Q: As a nerd ambassador to the mainstream, what do you say to non-nerds to convince them to watch The Walking Dead?

A: I don’t know if I have a really good tactic other than berating them. [Laughs] “Why aren’t you watching this show? What is your problem? Why do you hate good things?”

Q: Are nerds better equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse?

A: Well, yes, mentally they are. But there still is a lot of machete-swinging that’s gonna have to get done. It’s funny, especially after The Walking Dead, a lot of times I’m in public and I do a quick five-second thing where I look around and note the exits and what could make a good weapon. [Laughs] I really do find myself very sincerely trying to figure it out, and then I’m like, “Wait. What the f—- am I doing?”

Q: If the characters from The Walking Dead were featured in an episode of MTV’sSingled Out, who do you think would wind up being paired together?

A: [Laughs] Well, look. It wouldn’t matter because no one on that show ever got along. I think it wouldn’t matter who got paired up, Shane would end up f——-g everyone, including [co-host] Jenny [McCarthy]. [Laughs]

Q: Wait a minute. You’re saying there was never a love connection on that show?

A: No one ever went on dates. Our success rate was very low.

Q: That’s so disillusioning.

A: [Laughs] I’m so sorry. I guess The Walking Dead really is a societal version of Singled Out. Humans are being narrowed down, and then you’re sort of left with someone and you better f——— hope you like them. We were pairing people up to win, like, snowboards. Not survival. The stakes are way higher now.

AMC’s Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, returns with all-new episodes Sun., Feb. 12 at Midnight/11c on AMC.

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Another snapshot from the taping of talking dead before the show started.


Another snapshot from the taping of talking dead before the show started.

The Talking Dead starts at midnight!

Guests will be Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus!

New York Times Applauds Talking Dead; Host Chris Hardwick Talks to the New York Post

Critics across the country have praised The Walking Dead's second season as “thrilling” and “a feast.” This week, publications are also taking note of Talking Dead, the live after show about the series, which has earned plaudits from the New York TimesSlate and more. Meanwhile, Chris Hardwick talks to the New York Post about his campaign to land the gig as host.

• The New York Times highlights a fun moment from last week’s Talking Dead, in which Hardwick asks The Walking Dead Executive Producer Robert Kirkman whether Breaking Bad's Walter White “had survived the zombie apocalypse.”

• Slate thinks “Talking Dead's mix of creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, plot speculation, and affable hosting provided a pleasant decompression” after an episode of The Walking Dead

• The New York Post talks to Host Chris Hardwick, who admits he “Called his manager as soon as he heard about the show to get him to campaign for the hosting job.”

• Why are the living dead referred to as “walkers”? The Wrap says one of the pleasures of watching Talking Dead ”is the chance for fans to get answers to questions” like that one.


Hey! Have you seen any of the Talking Dead, what do you think? longlivethebadwitch

I watched one of them. It’s fun I guess but there’s only so much you can say about any show lol. It bugs me because Kirkman can’t really tell us anything, just like at a comic con, so its a lot of “Oh you’ll just have to watch and see… wink wink.” I guess I’d rather just wait and watch the next episode than speculate all day.

AMC’s Talking Dead Live After-Show Wants Your Questions About The Walking Dead

Attention The Walking Dead fans: Do you have a question about the series that you want answered on live TV? Here’s your chance. AMC’sTalking Dead, the live and fully interactive half-hour talk show for fans of The Walking Dead invites you to submit questions about the series in the comment section below

Update: The show is now seeking questions for Executive Producer / Writer Robert Kirkman and Co-Executive Producer / Special FX Makeup Designer Greg Nicotero.

The Talking Dead after-show, hosted by Chris Hardwick, premieres Sun., Oct. 16 at Midnight/11c on AMC and will include a guest appearance by Executive Producer Robert Kirkman.