People really like talking about AMC's The Walking Dead. There are whole Internet forums dedicated to the subject. Some have even put together entire weekly podcasts just to discuss the latest twists and turns of the show. And now there's even a live television show, wholly sanctioned and presented by AMC.
This season, following every new episode of The Walking Dead, you will be able to stick around afterward, if so inclined, and watch a half hour live talk show titled Talking Dead. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist podcast host and former more funny, less attractive counterpart to both Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra on MTV's Singled Out, the show will discuss in grave detail--grave...get it?--everything that's just transpired on that evening's episode, and how it all plays into the larger, overarching storyline of the series.
Guests on the show will include actors on the series, show producers (presumably ones not named Frank Darabont, for obvious reasons) and various fans of the show, who will clearly be screened ahead of time so as to avoid weekly bitch sessions at the men who have steered this show oh so very wrongly from the brilliant pilot. Not that I feel that way, but come on, how many times have we read those exact comments in a forum?
Talking Dead debuts on October 16, immediately following the encore run-through of the last season of Walking Dead. Then the live broadcasts begin following the encore presentation of the season premiere at 11PM on November 4th. I am presuming these are east coast times, though any HD cable subscriber should rest-assured knowing that AMC's HD channel airs in real time cross-coasts, meaning you won't miss out on the live feeds--you'll just have to tune in three hours earlier, according to your watch.
Is this a great idea? The dumbest thing ever? Something in between? Who knows? If nothing else, it shows AMC is willing to acknowledge the eminently coversationalist nature of the show, and throw a bone to those who like to do the conversing. Plus, hey, Chris Hardwick is pretty great.