‘The Walking Dead’ boss: ‘We’re trying not to be the ‘character death show’’

“The Walking Dead” boss: “We're trying not to be the 'character death show””
As Season 5 begins, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman want to emphasize that they don”t set out to kill characters. “We don't want to play it as like a tool in our tool chest or something that's some part of story rhythm,” says Gimple. Adds Kirkman: “No one in the writers' room is ever sitting around saying, 'We haven't killed someone in a while. We really need to kill someone.' It all comes  from story and if we ever decided that the story merited absolutely no characters deaths whatsoever in a season, we would definitely do that.”  PLUS: Expect a grisly season premiere, everything you need to know as Season 5 kicks off, the season premiere is “a dazzling adrenaline rush filled with suspense, righteous violence and, before it”s all over, genuine emotion,” and this is “The Walking Dead” at its best.

ABC: Yes, Nielsen's ratings error benefitted us
While Nielsen downplayed the error, an ABC exec confirmed to the NY Times that it had resulted in added viewers to the network.

“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Watch a preview of Disney XD”s animated series
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A Charlotte Warehouse is holding a “Homeland” sale
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Jan Hooks: An appreciation
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Amy Poehler transforms into a ship captain
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“Shahs of Sunset” editors end their strike
Editors voted unanimously to ratify and union agreement and negotiate a deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

TV is seeing more and more Strong Female Characters
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What”s it like to live with the name “Lena Dunham”?
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Colin Farrell has yet to talk “True Detective” with Vince Vaughn
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What exactly is Jake Ballard”s job on “Scandal”?
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How “The Good Wife” dresses its drug kingpin
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Carlifornia State Assembly to consider renaming a rainbow tunnel after Robin Williams
A petition drive had called for the renaming of the Marin County”s Waldo Tunnel, which is north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell is writing another TV show, this time for CBS
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Chelsea Handler shows Letterman a photo of her breast hanging out
Responded Dave: “Why would you do that?…Why would you bring it here?” PLUS: Handler “nails” her Netflix comedy special debut.

Demons: TV”s new “It” monster?
“People said zombies are the new vampires when The Walking Dead was starting, so if we can change the narrative to 'demons are the new zombies,' that will be very exciting,” says “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, who has a demon project in the works for Cinemax.

Check out “The 100″s” Season 2 poster
“Would you sacrifice freedom for survival?”

“South Park” was dead-on its portrayal of transgender issues
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Bob Odenkirk”s advice to young writers: “Get out of comedy, because it”s about to collapse”
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Sarah Michelle Gellar poses with a “Star Wars Rebel” doll of hubby Freddie Prinze Jr.
“I always knew my husband was a doll,” she tweeted.

34 things you learn on the “Sons of Anarchy” set
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A day in the life of Chris Hardwick
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Here are all the female stereotypes that “Gilmore Girls” avoided
There were never any petty catfights, no fighting over boys, no jokes about the fat female characters – “Gilmore Girls” always left the Bechdel Test “crying in the dust each and every episode.”

Everything you wanted to know about “Miami Vice”s” music
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“Dude, You're Screwed” gets 3 new dudes
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Cristela on “Cristela” is a pleasure to watch, but the same doesn”t go for the rest of the cast
Cristela Alonzo”s comedy aims to bust stereotypes, and it seemingly does so with her portrayal as “Cristela.” But the rest of the characters are too one-note. PLUS: Alonzo is too good and likable for the material, too many plots seem recycled, and Alonzo talks about her long journey to getting her own sitcom.

“The Affair” is both quietly unsettling and impossible to look away from
“Couched in the falsely naturalistic approach of handheld cameras and seaside neutrals,” says Genevieve Valentine, “the show is quite clear how easy it is to lose yourself, and why you”ll fight so hard for anything that offers answers. If it continues as it began, 'The Affair' is poised to be truly amazing television: a breathless and enthralling story about the mutability of the past, the little cruelties of fickle memory, the larger cruelties of trying to determine truth, and the stories we tell about ourselves because we must.” PLUS: “The Affair” is “True Detective” without the pretentious grandstanding, the pilot is exceptionally well done, it is committed to complicated, life-based storytelling, it takes advantage of its smartly cast actors with their poker-faced sincerity, how “The Affair” brought Joshua Jackson back to TV, and its creator says the stakes are as high as they are on “Game of Thrones.”