“Fear The Walking Dead” Finally Debuts
U.S. Premier Date: 8/24/15
Airs: Sundays @ 9/8c
Actor Cliff Curtis says his new show, Fear the Walking Dead, feels nice and real.
Naturally, the actor hardly expects to endure the zombie apocalypse, depicted in AMC’s new show and The Walking Dead, its parent mega-hit, but he does believe that a deadly virus could turn society, as we know it, into cinders.
“What happens if things we take for granted aren’t there? What happens if the people that we know are no longer the people that we know? We’re not treating this in a hokey way. We’re treating it in a very real, very grounded way, and it makes the show more interesting to me.”
For season one of this new addition to the Walking Dead universe, created by writer Robert Kirkman, the network brings six episodes to the table. The second season – ordered by AMC earlier this year – is slated for 2016.
The action unfolds in Los Angeles during the early days of the apocalypse. As the story gets underway, a strange flu is doing the rounds, some people are reported missing, and no-one has the slightest conception of the rapidly approaching horror and chaos.
Into this scenario comes Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) – a high school guidance counselor and single mother to Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia ( Alycia Debnam-Carey) – and her romantic flame, English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis). Travis, who teaches at the same high school, is a divorcee and father of Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), who just happens to be very pissed at his parents for getting divorced. Nick, it turns out, is moving in with Madison, and is helping to bring both families together.
“We find them at the very beginning of the downfall of society,” says Dickens. “We find them in their day-to-day life and struggles, like an “every man” sort of story, and yet all of the sudden they are faced with the beginnings of the apocalypse. No one has any answers. Everything is out of control, and it’s horrifying. I think it is most people’s worst nightmare with any natural disaster that we have no control, no knowledge, no power, and in the show we are stripped of these things.”
Even though he’s determined to protect his family, Travis, according to Curtis, is not exactly a sword-wielding world saving action figure.
“That’s a really great place to start because what comes in our show is so bizarre and extraordinary and unnatural that rather than having an action hero response and approach, he is a very human guy and doesn’t know what to do.”
Meanwhile, the show has an abundance of issues – specifically death, mortality, and the emotional aftermath of taking a human life – which drew Dillane into the zombie mix.
“What happens to humanity when the walls fall down? What are we actually doing here? These are real, human themes.”
Dillane is playing a 19-year-old heroin addict who, following the death of his father, lives with Mom and Sis.
“Nick is in a contact state of life and death, and I think that’s what life is like for addicts. Everything is life and death, chuck that into the end of the world, and you’ve got a very unstable young man.”
Stars: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason
Series Creators: Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson
Producers: Ron French, Craig Forrest and Bill Johnson
Executive Producers: Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, David Wiener and Adam Davidson
Quote and Info Source: AMC Press Notes
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This ENTAction Special Feature Was Posted On: 8/22/15