Michonne (Danai Gurira) and her new “pets” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
*“The Walking Dead” premiered the second half of its fourth season Sunday night, and viewers for the first time got a flashback into Michonne’s life before she became a sword-wielding, zombie killer.
The episode, titled “After,” is the first of several stand-alone installments as the series focuses on character exploration now that the group is divided, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Michonne (Danai Gurira) is fending for herself and using her sword to slice and dice walkers left and right. (Watch a clip of this scene below.) She camouflages herself with new “pets” — walkers without their jaws and arms — to make her way through the hordes. Exhausted and alone, Michonne has a flashback to before the outbreak and her back story is finally revealed.
Lennie James as Det. Joe Geddes in AMC’s “Low Winter Sun” Episode 1
*There are three episodes left in the AMC drama “Low Winter Sun” — a.k.a. that other show that airs Sunday nights on AMC.
Based on a 2006 British miniseries, the cop drama premiered in August with Det. Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) coerced by a fellow officer into killing another detective. Lennie James plays Joe Geddes, the veteran homicide detective who convinces Agnew to kill.
The twist? Agnew and James are assigned to investigate the murder that he committed.
Lennie James in “The Walking Dead”
“Low Winter Sun” marks James’ third AMC project in the past four years. (He starred in the network’s “The Walking Dead” and its 2009 miniseries “The Prisoner.”) The 47-year-old British actor says he keeps coming back to AMC because of its unique storytelling.
“They don’t come at [stories] straight on. They’re not conventional, and I think at the heart of them it tends to be a really simple story,” James told us at the TCA Summer Press tour in July.
He offers Sunday’s “Best Drama” Emmy winner “Breaking Bad” as an example: “At the heart of ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s a really simple story of a man who realizes he’s going to die and he wants to leave something behind for his family. How he goes about that is slightly messed up, but, you know, everyone each to their own.
Mark Strong and Lennie James in AMC’s “Low Winter Sun”
“I think the heart of ‘Low Winter Sun,’ it’s a very simple premise. Two cops kill another cop, and then they’re put in charge of the investigation to find themselves, and they’re in on it. [It’s] a really unusual story. This isn’t a whodunit because we know within the five minutes who’s done it, and we’re not trying to solve the case. As Mark has said, and I’ve taken credit for, we’re trying to unsolve a case. We’re not trying to solve one.”
Strong plays Agnew in both the British and U.S. versions. However, AMC moved the setting from Edinburgh to Detroit, where the show films on location.
Below, James says despite the city filing for bankruptcy during production, filming in Detroit for four months wasn’t so bad.
“Low Winter Sun” airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on AMC. Below, James talks about his characters on “The Walking Dead” and “Low Winter Sun.”
*On AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” Common is back for a third season as Elam, a former slave who works his way up to a respectable position on the railroad just after the Civil War.
In fact, it’s all about respect for Elam Ferguson, who is consumed with both earning and demanding it from the people around him. Like any other man, he just wants an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work – something that had been robbed of him before the Emancipation Proclamation.
Common as Elam, Anson Mount as Cullen in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”
Over three seasons, Elam has developed a peculiar friendship with Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former slave owner who arrived in the railroad town of Hell on Wheels in the pilot episode looking for the Yankee soldiers who killed his wife.
Below, Common says the relationship between Elam and Cullen symbolizes the tenuous nature of race in America.
“Hell on Wheels” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Watch a promotional video below.
*“The Practice” alumna LisaGay Hamilton will co-star in AMC’s drama pilot “Line Of Sight,” from creator Blake Masters, director Jonathan Demme, Fox TV Studios and AMC Studios.
The story follows Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident’s cause.
Hamilton will play Ruby Jensen, an NTSB rep sent to investigate the crash.
The actress is currently appearing on the big screen in “Lovelace” and took a turn earlier this year on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Actor Giancarlo Esposito attends 2013 NBC Upfront Presentation Red Carpet Event at Radio City Music Hall on May 13, 2013 in New York City
*Giancarlo Esposito understands that some of his diehard fans — who have shown support ever since his breakout role as Buggin’ Out in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” may not be checking for him in his current gig on NBC’s “Revolution.”
The freshman drama had decent enough ratings for NBC to renew it for a second season last month, but let’s face it – Esposito’s role as militia leader Tom Neville isn’t generating nearly as much morning after, water-cooler talk as his Emmy-nominated “Breaking Bad” character Gustavo “Gus” Fring, the mild-mannered drug kingpin who was quick to slice a fool’s neck with a box-cutter if something wasn’t right.
Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s “Breaking Bad”
REVOLUTION — “Soul Train” Episode 105 — Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie Matheson, Giancarlo Esposito as Captain Tom Neville
While “Revolution’s” Tom Neville has a similar mix of politeness that can turn to cold-blooded brutality on a dime, the show’s science fiction subject matter – survival following a worldwide blackout – may have turned some of his longtime fans away off the bat.
And Esposito, 55, says that’s okay.
“I think after having some success in the work I do, and being proud of what I do, knowing that you can’t always hit the mark or the bar that I set for myself, I’m able to accept that some people aren’t gonna dig this show, or they’re gonna feel that some parts of it are weak,” Esposito told us during interviews for the series. “I can acknowledge it and say, ‘Okay, I understand it, and I’m not taking it personally.’ Not every show is for everyone.”
In bonus audio below, Esposito reveals his musical tastes when asked what music he would miss the most if, like the folks on “Revolution,” he suddenly found himself without electricity.
“Revolution” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. Watch a promo of the May 20th episode below.