One of my favorite things about Sunday nights during The Walking Dead's second season, was getting to see the episode rehashed later that night on AMC's live after-show Talking Dead. Hosted by the knowledgable and entertaining Chris Hardwick, the live show features special guests and discusses some of the highlights, making it sort of a gory dessert to the entree that is the zombie drama. It's so enjoyable and such a great bonus to the episode that it has me wishing every other show I love would do something similar. That might be unrealistic, but what isn't is the hope that Talking Dead will return when The Walking Dead comes back for Season 3. AMC confirmed it today.
AMC announced today that they've renewed Talking Dead and Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men for 16-episode second seasons. While Talking Dead has Hardwick chatting with celebrity guests (either fans or stars of The Walking Dead), Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men gives us a look at fanboy culture and the inner workings of his New Jersey comic book store Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash and the employees who work there.
Smith's response to the renewal was naturally positive:
"Pinch my fat ass, 'cause I must be dreaming! A thousand thank you's wouldn't cover the gratitude I'm feeling right now. And as you might imagine, everyone at SModcast Pictures is in love with everyone at AMC today! Rest assured, Walt, Bry, Mike, Ming and I are suited up and ready to hit the ice for our second season with Team AMC."
Meanwhile, Hardwick filled his statement with bleeped out spoilers:
“‘Talking Dead’ has been an amazing experience and I cannot pile enough hugs and thanks onto AMC for renewing it. I CAN'T WAIT for Season 3 of Walking Dead, so that we can finally talk about Rick meeting [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]-ing him with a heavy-duty [SPOILER] at the [SPOILER]. And let's not forget all the rest of the [SPOILER]s getting in on the action! [EXPLETIVE] me! It's going to be great…"
Not to be greedy, but I can't help but be just a tiny bit disappointed that Talking Dead hasn't been extended to a full hour for Season 2. Thirty minutes never feels like quite enough time to really hash out everything that went on in any given hour. Then again, an hour might not either, so I suppose we should take what we can get. On the bright side, it's coming back! AMC made the right call by renewing both series.