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Terry Crews and “Tales of the Walking Dead” co-creator Channing Powell are excited about the new anthology series despite negative reviews for the first episode released on Sunday.
“Tales” follows various characters new and old from the original “Walking Dead” series as they try to survive in the zombie-infested universe. “Well, we were hoping to do six little movies,” Powell said during an interview with Deadline. “We kind of went into it thinking, okay, we’re making six different pilots, and they can all have a different tone.”
The first episode of the anthology, which premiered last week on AMC+ and AMC TV Sunday night, follows the characters of Joe and Evie (played by Crews and Olivia Munn) in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. from the original show. Directed by Ron Underwood and written by Maya Goldsmith and Ben Sokolowski, it received mixed reviews upon release. Still, Crews and Powell are still excited about where the show is headed.
“It’s almost like six movies, but that’s the thing for me and what I love, and the fact that I don’t die,” Crews told Deadline when describing his Season 1 hopes. is the fact that they did a brilliant job of establishing me in the world, and we all know, if you ever watch Walking Dead, that if something ends hopefully, all of a sudden it goes have a twist.”
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Crews added, “There are really, really dark times ahead, and that’s what I’m waiting to really portray, and I think this whole episode does a magnificent job of establishing us, and now it’s time to put ourselves in the fire.”
Meanwhile, Powell added that he wouldn’t mind Crews and Munn reprising the roles of Evie and Joe in potential future seasons. “I’m, you know, I don’t object. That was the intention. I really liked their chemistry together,” the ‘Tales’ co-creator told Deadline. “I thought if it worked out between them and we got a second or third or fourth season, or you know, people like these characters, I’d like to keep the door open to explore their story more together.”
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Reactions to the series premiere were not entirely positive from critics. In a review of the spin-off series, Hollywood Reporter said it was “disappointing” before adding “Tales of the Walking Dead promises a refreshing change of pace, featuring stand-alone stories under an hour each, with very shortly before acquaintance with the “Walking Dead” shows required. But even without seasons of narrative baggage, most of its tales remain too mired in the same ideas to forge genuinely new territory. It’s an occasionally entertaining genre exercise, but hardly essential to see in itself.”
The show’s Rotten Tomatoes viewership score currently stands at 50%.
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