Saturday, March 29, 2014

‘Family Friendly’ Zombies?

If you love AMC’s hit zombie show The Walking Dead but hate all off the things that make The Walking Dead a zombie show–mainly the graphic depictions of exploding zombie heads–then you’re in luck.
AMC and MyNetworkTV (a Fox-owned network) have reached an exclusive deal to air “family friendly” edits of the popular series, two at a time, one night a week.
“This agreement extends the reach of the number one show on television among adults 18-49 by giving viewers Primetime access to ‘The Walking Dead’ with back-to-back episodes on broadcast television one night a week,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. ‘The Walking Dead’ has grown in each of its first four seasons on AMC, and we look forward to exposing this compelling story and these unforgettable characters to new fans on MyNetworkTV.”
…But without all the fun stuff. Come to think about it, I’m not even sure how MyNet is going to air the most recent episode when they get around to it. I’m 28 and it f-cked me up. Sheesh.
According to Entertainment Weekly, The edited Walking Dead will hit MyNet with a TV-14 rating. You may remember that early episodes of TWD ran on AMC with that rating, but the network changed it to TV-MA after a bunch of parents organizations flipped out.
If you’re unfamiliar with MyNetworkTV, they’re responsible for reruns of HouseMonk, and various Law & Orders.
It’ll be interesting to see what these edited episodes of TWD look like in their final form. While it probably won’t be as painful as trying to watch The Sopranos in syndication on A&E, one can’t imagine a scenario where this is a good thing.

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