I can't stand The Talking Dead... promos

First of all, I must relate how delighted I've been by the recent batch of episodes of The Walking Dead, which will close out its third season next Sunday on AMC. The show has found its footing in producing taut and thrilling stories about survivors of a zombie apocalypse in which both humans and zombies may pose an equal threat.

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The dynamic between the prison and Woodbury too has allowed us to get to know a large group of characters (unlike the first few seasons, where the pacing and grooming of seemingly important characters was very uneven at times) and get deeply involved in the moral complexities in both environments. Last night's "This Sorrowful Life" was once again excellent, and I'm greatly looking forward to the season finale (and hoping that the transition to yet another new show runner goes well, from Glen Mazzara's highly successful stint to series writer Scott Gimple for Season Four).

Now, on to The Talking Dead, the talk show hosted by the affable Chris Hardwick that immediately follows new episodes of The Walking Dead. I'm sure that The Talking Dead is a fine talk show (though I've yet to sit through an episode), replete with witty banter and analysis and breakdown of the episode that had just aired.

However, I can't stand The Talking Dead promos that run throughout the commercial breaks of The Walking Dead. Even with DVR time shifting at my disposal, I'm forced to break off from a typically dramatic, scary, or exciting moment to a smash cut where Hardwick, decked out in hipster wear on a hipster set, is sitting with guests that often include actors from The Walking Dead. It's a wrenching transition and often pulls me out of the drama and suspense that I was in the moment of enjoying and absorbing.

For example, during "This Sorrowful Life," we cut from a particularly noteworthy moment between The Governor, played by David Morrissey, and Merle, played by Michael Rooker, (I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see the episode) to a dapper as ever Hardwick and a very much well dressed and two-eyed Morrissey on set of The Talking Dead laughing and smiling and bantering banteringly as celebrities and talk show hosts will do on talk shows.

The impression of seeing one of the most important scenes involving The Governor followed instantly by the actor playing that character acting… well, like himself in a completely different context, does in some small but significant way decrease the enjoyment of The Walking Dead itself.

Now, of course, I can get over all of the above. I dig The Walking Dead as I hope has been well conveyed, and I get that AMC is attempting to harness the enormous popularity of the series – much like Watch What Happens Live on Bravo – by holding viewers over to a related talk show.

But I'd personally far prefer a promo that was more in the form of a title card and voiceover, or scene/montage of the guests on The Talking Dead performing in The Walking Dead as the promotional vehicle.

What I'm trying to say, I suppose, is if I ran the universe this would be amongst the first 75 to 90 things I would enact. 

By Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader"

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Eric is the publisher and revered leader of TV Geek Army… at least in his own mind. TV Geek Army is a place for serious TV reviews and news for serious fans of great television. Contact: eric-[at]-tvgeekarmy.com 

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