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'Walking Dead' and AMC: The best-idea-ever of the day

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Walking-Dead_lIn case you’ve been living under a rock in J.D. Salinger’s yard, zombies are like the bacon of pop culture: They make everything better. Even, apparently, Jane Austen. But with apologies to Shaun of the Dead and World War Z, the best piece of zombie fiction of the past 10 years has been The Walking Dead, an ongoing comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. Following police officer Rick Grimes, who wakes up in the hospital after a zombie apocalypse, Walking Dead is a harrowing look and what humans will do to each other in the harsh face of armageddon. It is, as they say, about character.

So it’s totally fitting that The Walking Dead will likely end up on AMC, the network that made its bones by placing vivid characters in richly imagined worlds with shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. (Which is why I forgive them for thinking that K-9 and The Toy qualify as American Movie Classics.) And with Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) at the helm — a man who knows from both character and horror — it seems like such rich material is in good hands.

Is a man-vs.-zombie TV series something you’d tune in for, or does it not pop your cork?