The Observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1968-current, August 13, 2022, WEEKEND EDITION, Page 14, Image 14

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‘Tales of the Walking Dead’
an anthology of zombie apocalypse
survivor stories
Olivia Munn and Terry
Crews star in “Tales of the
Walking Dead,” premiering
Sunday on AMC and AMC+.
Thousands of titles
Beware! “The Walking Dead” are
multiplying – again.
The fourth entry in the zombie apocalypse
television franchise premieres Sunday, Aug.
14, on AMC and AMC+, with “Tales of
the Walking Dead,” an anthology series of
six hourlong stand-alone episodes revolving
around new and established characters within
the walker apocalypse. Each installment will
have its own distinct point of view and tone
as characters are faced with life-threatening
situations and choices, thus giving viewers a
look at the apocalypse through different sets
of eyes.
Among the stars of the series, Samantha
Morton stands out as Alpha/Dee, the leader of
the survivor group known as the Whisperers
who appeared in Seasons 9 and 10 of “The
Walking Dead.” One episode will be devoted
to her.
Others in the cast include Olivia Munn
(“The Newsroom”), Terry Crews (“Brooklyn
Nine-Nine”), Parker Posey (“Lost in Space”),
Poppy Liu (“Dead Ringers”), Anthony
Edwards (“WeCrashed”), Jillian Bell (“Rough
Night”), Embeth Davidtz (“Ray Donovan”)
and Danny Ramirez (“Top Gun: Maverick”).
The idea for an anthology of one-off stories
had been percolating among TWD producers
for several years, but it gained traction when
executive producer Scott Gimple pitched it as
a weekly series with differing storylines and
Beyond that, little else is known about what
“Tales” are to come, save for a 15-second teaser
that shows Posey’s character being bitten by a
walker. And these few hints from Gimple.
“This year is more about original stories
in different genres,” he explains, “with (series
showrunner Channing Powell’s) terrific Alpha
story being our deep dive into TWD’s rich
past. We have fusions of TWD’s survival
horror with dark comedy, with a very heartfelt
story about isolation, with a tense horror-
mystery. Incredible characters in very different
situations, giving us different, new looks into
our dead world.”
And for those for whom four series aren’t
enough, there will be more. Slated to premiere
in 2023, “Isle of the Dead” reunites Jeffrey
Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan as enemies-
turned-uneasy allies Negan and Maggie, who
travel into a post-apocalyptic, crumbling
Manhattan filled with the dead and those who
have made the city their own world full of
anarchy, danger, terror and beauty.
Then there is the untitled spinoff series
starring Norman Reedus as ill-tempered
survivor Daryl, also targeted for 2023.
Originally, this was to focus on Daryl and
his best friend Carol (Melissa McBride) as
they embark on a road trip but McBride’s
subsequent departure canceled those plans and
made it a Daryl-only project. Which appears
as if it will give TWD fans further insight into
the mind and backstory of their favorite loner.
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