Critics’ Choice Television Awards Photos!

June 20, 2014

Who Is Norman Reedus’ Favorite TWD Scene Partner For Daryl Dixon?

June 06, 2014

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) has had great scenes with just about everyone on The Walking Dead, but certain characters do tend to stand out.

Daryl and his brother Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) had such a real dynamic we could absolutely believe they grew up together. Daryl and his other “brother,” Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), have come a long way since their tense first encounter in Season 1, and now they are best friends for life. Daryl and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) bonded during the Season 2 search for Sophia and their bond has only stretched and strengthened with time. Daryl and Michonne (Danai Gurira) connected through their mutual hatred for The Governor (David Morrissey), but also shared some light moments. And Daryl most recently formed a sweet, unexpected friendship with Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) in Season 4.

Which character is Norman’s favorite for Daryl to interact with?

Just before Season 5 started filming, Norman joined fellow TV drama stars as part of an L.A. Times discussion, and he was asked about on-screen partners. After asking the question, the L.A. Times teased, “Norman, I feel like if you don’t say Carol people will stone you.”

Norman answered, “I was going to say Carol, be cool, be cool. My character changed a lot when they put us together. And it’s because of her, [Melissa]’s such a good actress, and she gets me, you know, I feel free to be vulnerable in front of her because she gets me, like she’s my buddy, and you can read everything on her face, she’s just a window.”

Beautiful. He didn’t have to say Carol — it’s not like Norman would be afraid to say, “Actually I was going to say Rick/Beth/Etc.” He chose her because the Daryl/Carol connection comes across as authentic and has evolved naturally over several seasons. Maybe in the future he’ll say Beth, Rick, Michonne, or even Eugene (those two seem like they’d have classic convos), but at this point it’s Carol.

Are you surprised to hear Norman’s favorite screen partner is Melissa/Carol, or did you figure as much?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

Melissa Nominated for 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Award!

May 30, 2014

Yes! Now we’re rolling. The fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations were just released, and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in The Walking Dead Season 4. Slay, Carol, slay!

Here’s her category lineup:

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Annet Mahendru, The Americans (FX)
Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead (AMC)
Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Bellamy Young, Scandal (ABC)

Melissa has some worthy competition — and since Breaking Bad just had its final season it may sweep every award — but she should win this. She’s earned it!

There were other categories where the Broadcast Television Journalists Association could’ve nominated TWD — Including Best Drama Series and Best Actor or Supporting Actor in a Drama Series — but this is a good start. Hopefully the Emmy Award voters take this cue instead of following the disappointing TCAs.

We’ll find out if Melissa won when the 2014 Critics’ Choice TV Awards are broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Congrats to Melissa — and good luck!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

The Walking Dead Fans Launch “McEmmy Campaign”

May 23, 2014

It’s no secret we heart the heck out of Melissa McBride and think the world of her powerful work as Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead Season 4. And we’re not alone!

“The Grove” was one of the strongest episodes of the series to date, in large part because of Melissa’s unforgettable performance, which left Greg Nicotero speechless and in tears. And this is the guy who deals with fake blood and guts for a living, so he’s not all that soft.

AMC recently revealed the “Something Human” posters it’s using to promote the TWD cast for Emmy Awards consideration. We hope it works, but fans are also launching their own campaigns to reinforce the message.

Right after the Emmys posters were revealed, fans created a Twitter account and Facebook page for The McEmmy Campaign.

@McEmmyCampaign is “A Grassroots Fan Campaign” that’s currently pushing a series of tweets labeled “For Your Consideration – Melissa McBride for Outstanding Supporting Actress in The Walking Dead #McEmmy” to outlets from The Hollywood Reporter to Entertainment Weekly. The Facebook page is also posting billboard photos of Melissa/Carol, adding, “Melissa McBride deserves an Emmy nomination for her work in season four of The Walking Dead. Help spread the word!”

The word is slowly getting out. They had 68 likes and 49 followers on Day 1, and updated that they were up to 274 likes and 90 followers after the first 48 hours. They are currently at 303/98, so we’ll have to see if the momentum grows. Join the cause!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

4 Best Carol Scenes on The Walking Dead Season 4

April 18, 2014

Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) was only in six of the 16 episodes of The Walking Dead Season 4, but she did some of the best work of the season. If Melissa isn’t nominated for an Emmy after “The Grove,” we riot! No one made more of the material this season than Melissa. What a marvel she is. Here are four of her best scenes from Season 4.

1. Carol Reveals Her Truth, Episode 3

You have to watch Carol throughout Episode 3, from her reaction to Tyreese (Chad Coleman) fighting Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) to her frustration/guilt/anger after Tyreese asks her to keep an eye on Sasha. If you started that episode thinking Carol was the one who murdered Karen and David, well, you win the set of steak knives. We were shocked, but Melissa dropped subtle, believable hints with Carol’s reactions — the horror at the fighting (she caused it), the guilt when talking to Tyreese (that he would trust her) the anger when she knocked over the water (nothing she did even helped stop the illness) — and when Rick finally confronted her about it, she’d worked through all stages of grief and arrived at acceptance. Did you kill Karen and David? Yes. A simple “Yes.” No histrionics, no explanation. That one powerful word was allowed to stand on its own, as an example of Carol 2.0’s stark pragmatism.

2. Carol Vs. Rick, Episode 4

That final scene of “Indifference” was so strong, in part because it was so unexpected from Rick and Carol. When Carol was finally found in the prison in Season 3, and learned that Lori had died, her emotional reaction was so honest and beautiful, it made us cry. That’s the Carol we knew and loved. Carol 2.0 is a fellow alpha, and Rick — whatever he may have said about a democracy — always needs to make the final call. We were shocked that Carol was so cold about killing Karen and David, but when Rick banished her — wow. In that scene in the ‘burbs, by the cars, Carol defended her actions to Rick, saying she stepped up, she had to do something. Rick said she didn’t have to, but he added that she’s not that woman who was scared to be alone anymore. It was a great scene for Andy as Rick, but Melissa as Carol just broke our hearts. She wasn’t cold or shut off, she was someone who did what she thought was best. Whether she could survive alone or not, she didn’t want to. Her devastation was so powerful, and we ended up back on Team Carol, even while agreeing with Rick that she didn’t have to kill Karen and David. She made a bad choice, but she wasn’t too far gone.

3. Carol Listens to Tyreese, Episode 14

It’s amazing that Carol didn’t just collapse from guilt listening to Tyreese talk about Karen in “The Grove.” He trusted Carol, he shared his secrets. The camera stayed on Carol’s face while Tyreese talked, and Melissa showed all of her anguish. It’s a master class in acting just to see her tell Carol’s whole story in silence. There’s a moment where she quietly says Tyreese’s name and almost confesses her story. She ultimately saved the confession for later, just telling Ty of the dead, “Maybe they’re not haunting us. Maybe they’re just teaching us, helping remind us so that we can live with what we have to do.” Everything she says is so loaded with meaning. No one else could pull it off like Melissa. She sells it so perfectly.

4. Carol Tells Lizzie to Look at the Flowers, Episode 14

This scene is already an instant classic — The Walking Dead meets Of Mice and Men. Brighton Sharbino knocked it out of the park as Lizzie all season, but as Carol was about to pull the trigger to end Lizzie’s “messed up” life, our tears were for Carol. Melissa had us more choked up for the shooter than the little girl, just based on her performance — all the emotion we could see in that final moment, and the painful aftermath. Just look at the flowers, Lizzie.

What were your favorite Carol moments from Season 4? We can’t wait to see what’s next for her Season 5. Maybe she’ll even get to call Daryl “Pookie” again…

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.