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HCFF: Robert Kirkman talks “The Walking Dead” showrunner shift and Zack Snyder directing an episode

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Though Robert Kirkman attested that he only agreed to be a guest at The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival to try to get Zack Snyder to talk about “Man of Steel,” he actually spent a good amount of time talking about the TV adaptation of his hit comic book series, “The Walking Dead.”

Last year was a bit tumultuous for the critically acclaimed AMC series. It lost its showrunner, Frank Darabont, about half way through the second season, and then had to transition to the new one, Glen Mazzara. We’ve heard Mazzara talk about this transition plenty, but it was interesting hearing about it from Kirkman’s perspective.

“That really is a testament to Glen Mazzara’s skill and talent for being able to come in under all that turmoil and just be able to go, ‘Oh okay, we’re making a show here, here’s how we’re making a show, here we go.’ Because I mean he really hit the ground running and was like, ‘You’re working on a script, you’re working on a script, you’re working on a script, I’m going to set, you do this, I’m talking to actors, I’m doing that,'” Kirkman said.

He continued, “[Mazzara] really kind of turned into a drill sergeant and really kind of made the show happen. You could really tell that his ‘Shield’ sensibility — because he worked on ‘The Shield’ with Shawn Ryan — really came into the show midway through the second season, and I think that’s why everything got more intense and it was a lot more faster paced. There was a lot of cool stuff, and it was really his flavor being worked into the show.”

Production on the show’s third season is already underway, and Kirkman said that he just wrapped writing its eighth episode. Considering the graphic novel is a lot farther along than the TV show is, Kirkman said he sometimes was taken aback by the fact that some major events haven’t occurred yet. Be warned, there are spoilers ahead.

“It is a strange process,” Kirkman said of writing for the show. “I was working on the script for the eighth episode and I kept going, ‘Oh yeah, Rick has two hands!’ Oh crap, I think I revealed he has a second hand in the eighth episode, I think that could be a spoiler.”

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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