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Demo-Graphics: The Walking Dead

Its been about five months since we last looked at The Walking Dead‘s demographics via Facebook’s data. With the new season underway, it felt like an appropriate time to see how things have changed for the record setting show, and best selling comic book series.

For this report, we’re looking at fans within the United States that enjoy The Walking Dead in comics, television, books, games, or even the characters. We’ll also compare the latest results to those of last report.

Facebook Population: Over 22 million fans in the US

That’s an increase of about 4.2 million fans since last year. Spanish speakers account for 3 million fans, 13.64%. That’s over the double amount of individuals since October.

Gender and Age

In October we saw a surge of female fans compared to the stats from 2013. Women account for 47.19% and men were 52.81%. Five months later, and women continue to grow in fans so that men and women are split even. Due to the rounding of numbers when dealing with these large number, men account for 50.91% and women 51.82%. Looking at the relationship status which pegs the universe at 22.8 million, women account for 50.01% of fans while men are 49.27%. The gender of the fans is split evenly.

wd gender 3.30.15Below is the trend line which looks at the age and gender of the individuals together.

wd age and gender 3.30.15Below is the raw data for The Walking Dead fans. The population has shifted slightly older compared to last year.

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Relationship Status

The biggest shift compared to October is those married who now account for a little over 30% compared to 24% then.

wd relationship 3.30.15And for those that like pie charts.

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Education

Like relationships, education has changed a lot since last year, so we can’t really compare this year’s stats to last year’s.

wd education 3.30.15Gender Interest

Gender interest too has changed since last year. The biggest change is those who are unspecified, which rose across the board.

wd gender interest 3.30.15Ethnicity

This is also the first report where ethnicity is tracked for The Walking Dead. Interestingly African American women are a majority of fans for African Americans.

wd ethnicity 3.30.15Generation

When it comes to generational labels women account for a vast majorty of those interested in The Walking Dead for Baby Boomers and Generation X. It shouldn’t be surprising considering how the genders shift as the population ages.

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And that wraps up the latest edition of the Facebook Fandom Spotlight.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E16 Conquer

walking-dead-5 photoAs the people of Alexandria decide what to do Rick, the truth about the W’s is revealed. Meanwhile, Morgan gets closer to the safe-zone.

The Walking Dead wrapped up its season with an extra long episode. There’s tons to wrap up, or take on, and the episode kicks off with two big mysteries, what are the “W”s and where is Morgan?

Sitting out in the forest, Morgan is enjoying a meal when he’s approached by an individual with a “W” carved in his forehead, referring to himself as a wolf, he’s there to wake Morgan and everything he has. Soon Morgan is kicking ass and taking names. Two answers, sort of, checked off.

Back in Alexandria, the fate of Rick is up in the air, and while there’s lots of politicking, there’s also plans made in case things go south when it comes to the fate of Rick.

Aaron and Daryl are out scouting when they come across a person in a red poncho. Following them, they wind up in a trap, surrounded by walkers. Morgan comes to the rescue at the last moment, and saves them. Daryl figures out a connection between Morgan and Rick, after Aaron invites Morgan back to Alexandria.

Father Gabriel though is acting a bit weird, and wanders outside killing a few walkers. In a white tshirt, which I’m sure we can argue is symbolic in some way, he stumbles back into the compound, but leaves the gate slightly open.

Glenn follows Nicholas who sneaks off, and a bit to the death begins after Nicholas shoots Glenn.

Next up is the fate of Rick, who finally tells Michonne the plan, and we learn where her loyalty is. Where is it all going, the tension ramps up to crazy levels as the episode builds and builds.

The episode quickly gets into “dark mode” with four plotlines playing out. The community gathering to talk about Rick, the battle between Nicholas and Glenn, Rick taking on walkers, and Sasha and Father Gabriel fighting as Gabriel has gone batshit insane. Then, there’s the guy in the red poncho, who is with the Wolves but not for long.

The last moments are absolutely amazing. That’s how you end the season. Bring on season 6.

Overall rating: 9

Good Morning Los Angeles, AMC’s First Teaser for Fear the Walking Dead

A strange virus is going around… Fear the Walking Dead premieres this Summer 2015. Only on AMC.

The Socio-Comic Genius of Schitt’s Creek

rsz_schitts-creek-tv-review-popIf you haven’t yet checked out Pop TV’s new comedy, Schitt’s Creek, the creation of father/son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy, you’re missing out on a hilarious and insightful look at what happens when a rich family is stripped of all luxury and plopped down in a place devoid of upper-class creature comforts. Life in Schitt’s Creek is all too much like real, down-to-earth, small town life. Far from being a work devoted to schadenfreude regarding their misfortune (cue The Simpson’s Nelson Muntz: “Ha ha! Now you’re poor!”), this show is not the least bit mean-spirited and it’s beyond funny because the main characters are rounded and quite sympathetic in their sense of displacement, loss and loneliness. The backwoods hamlet to which they’re relegated after the I.R.S. seizes all their other property for tax evasion (their accountant didn’t take care of business, and took off) is a town Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) bought for his son, David (Daniel Levy), as a joke, but now the joke’s on Johnny as he navigates the politics and power structure of his new surroundings. He’s treated with a certain amount of respect as the town’s “owner” but seems to be drifting as he becomes more accustomed to his situation: a captain of corporate culture without a ship. The real power lies in the hands of Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott) the town’s mayor and owner of the motel where the Roses now reside who can be nice when he’s not being slippery and a downright pain in the ass.

Johnny’s wife, Moira (Catherine O’Hara) is a former soap star who wears lots of black clothing, artsy jewelry, and has an extensive collection of wigs. At times it looks like she’s the one hit hardest by the trauma caused by the family’s loss of status but she’s stronger than she looks and occasionally her soft, breathy voice turns to steel when dealing with Roland and the frustrations of life in Schitt’s Creek’s only motel. Johnny and Moira sometimes get on each other’s nerves in their room with a ceiling that leaks brown water and where there are never enough towels but they seem to understand each other, can communicate clearly with “looks,” and sometimes when their two kids are fighting like cats and dogs next door, Moira just looks at Johnny and shakes her head slowly, which speaks volumes. Johnny and Moira know each other far better than they know their own children and part of the irony of their miserable situation is that by being forced into adjoining motel rooms, they’re getting to know David and Alexis (Annie Murphy) more than they ever did when David was living in a huge apartment in New York (that’s a thing of the past along with their palatial home) and Alexis was globe-trotting to far-flung locations with some of her rich “loose acquaintances” who have private jets and vices aplenty. By having to share a room, David and Alexis get on each other’s nerves a lot: he’s a Type A; she’s a Type B, but their attempts to get acclimated to their surroundings are fascinating and provide some of the most fun this season.

rsz_1297650949105_originalAlexis is the first to go somewhat native and is thrilled to be invited to a keg party by the motel receptionist, Stevie (Emily Hampshire) who runs the front desk at the motel. When any of the Roses walks in the door she observes them like they’re exotic creatures from another planet, and answers their questions with pure deadpan understatement though one gets the impression she’s laughing on the inside, not at them but at their reaction to her home turf, which, as something of a modern Beat chick with an outsider’s sensibility she recognizes as being off-center and provincial—but hey, it’s home. For now. As the season has progressed Stevie has developed an interesting relationship with David, the only one who seems to appreciate her dry humor and sharp but precise wit.

One of my favorite episodes so far was when David’s clothing has been evicted from his father’s closet and he decides to part with some of his beloved designer duds to try and raise a little cash for more eye cream—he got fired from his bag-boy job the first day because John was constantly calling him to see how he was doing. Stevie suggests a trip to the local thrift shop but David, who’s only accustomed to upscale consignment shops at worst is appalled to discover there that his Parisian leather sneakers with Vulcanized rubber arches are only worth a couple of bucks. David’s reaction: “You’ve lost my trust,” he tells the young man behind the counter, “And my business.” The clothes are the only thing of his former life that David has left and their apparent near-worthlessness on the local market wounds his ego. If you’ve ever needed a few bucks and tried to sell some items at a popular “clothing exchange,” you feel David’s pain. He takes it personally.

Daniel Levy is adept at showing David’s struggle to carve out a life in Schitt’s Creek. As he tells Alexis when she asked why none of his friends have called he tells her they’re just giving him some space. As they both know, nothing like going broke to dent one’s social life. When Johnny and Moira go away for a weekend for some much needed privacy, Alexis convinces David to have a party in their motel room. He agrees only if it’ll be a game night, with very strict rules, guidelines and time boundaries. All of that goes to hell however when a bunch of guys Alexis invited from off the street arrive to do some serious drinking. David, horrified, retires to his parent’s room for the duration of the evening to read. The look of disappointment on Stevie’s face shows how fond she is of David and when she goes to try and talk him into returning to the party to help her team win at charades, it’s a real moment. David is smart, funny and uptight; Stevie seems to be the only one in town who “gets” him, and much to her surprise, vice versa.

As for Moira who spends much time alone watching television, Roland’s wife Jocelyn’s (Jennifer Murphy) offer to take Moira to the local salon for a “spa day” recently came out of left field. Moira was mortified at the hairdo she ended up with but tried to hide the fact from Jocelyn, who after all, had paid for it. Moira is caught completely off-guard again when Jocelyn, ever polite but much more aware than one might think for someone who’s married to a guy like Roland, stops by to tell her she knows Moira hates the new hairdo, and knows that she hates Schitt’s Creek, but that the people there are just trying to help, and that Moira might need them someday, so she’d just better try and get used to it. Moira explains that she doesn’t really hate the town, all evidence to the contrary, but it’s not her town, and the hairdo is not her, though it looks great on Jocelyn. Neither woman pulls any punches during this conversation, and it’s a breakthrough moment of honesty.
Amid all the moments of laugh-out-loud fish-out-of-water comedy on Schitt’s Creek, there are genuine moments of poignance and discovery when expectations and assumptions on the part of the Roses and the other citizens are turned upside down, and therein lies the brilliance of the show. The Roses technically own the town, but economically and geographically, they’re strangers in a strange land. Doing their best to support each other through one of the roughest times of their lives, they find compassion and common ground in unexpected places, with unexpected people.

I wouldn’t exactly call Schitt’s Creek, a dark comedy, but perhaps a grey comedy. It has its darker moments, like at the end of the first episode and their first day in town, when the family is saying good night to each other; Moira closes the good nights with, “Let’s all pray we never wake up.” Even the show’s theme song begins with decorous, inquisitive notes (from a French horn, perhaps?) then slowly builds to a regal tune of perseverance: dignity. That’s what the Roses are trying to maintain, along with their sanity.

The Walking Dead Spinoff Series Gets a Title

TheWalkingDead_logoRobert Kirkman announced on Twitter today that The Walking Dead‘s spinoff series will be Fear The Walking Dead.

The series has already received a two season pick up and will premiere this summer for a six episode season. The series will take place in Los Angeles with new characters and focus somewhat more on the outbreak happening as opposed to after it.

TV Review: Arrow S3E17 Suicidal Tendencies

arrowOn this episode of Arrow it’s celebration time as Diggle and Lyla get married. However, Deadshot interrupts their honeymoon and tells them the Suicide Squad has been given a new mission – rescue United States Senator Joseph Cray from a hostage situation in the Republic of Kasnia. Amanda Waller breaks down the mission and introduced them to the newest member of the Suicide Squad, Cupid. Meanwhile, Oliver learns about Ray’s new Atom costume and the two have a heated stand-off. Felicity and Ray hit a rough patch.

The series bounces back from a couple of so-so episodes that dive into a bunch of different storylines that are out there. There’s really two stories here that spin out of the marriage of Diggle and Lyla.

First, Diggle and Lyla get sent off on a mission with Deadshot and Cupid to free some hostages as part of the Suicide Squad. Throughout the missions Floyd/Deadshot’s history is revealed up to the point he was sent to kill Diggle’s brother. There’s a slight twist to it all, and the mission is actually pretty entertaining as far as the action.

The second part is the fight between the Atom and Arrow that we knew was coming. Ray is convinced that the Arrow is a killer, no matter what he’s told. The two clash and it’s not that bad. The only issue is, The Atom feels a bit more like Iron Man instead of The Atom.

Overall, the episode is pretty entertaining with some good action, some decent movement in the plot, and some nice twists here and there. Not the best of the season, but an improvement over the last few episodes.

Overall rating: 7.75

TV Review: iZombie S1E2 Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv and Clive work together to solve the mysterious death of a well-known painter.

The second episode of iZombie is interesting in that it focuses on the very Veronica Mars inspired detective story, but at the same time introduces us to a possible “big bad.”

The episode introduces Blaine DeBeers, the individual that bit our heroine in the fist episode. The character is played entertainingly by David Anders who adds some badness to a role that requires that as well as some comedic elements. His storyline, I can’t figure out where it’s going, but it should be entertaining the way Anders plays it.

The show clearly rests on Rose McIver‘s shoulders though. Each episode she takes on some of the characteristics of the people whose brain she eats. This has her taking on a lot of comedic elements, and between last episode and this one, we get to see McIver’s acting chops really take off. The show either shines or fails due to that, and for two episodes it shines. She’s beyond entertaining to watch, and it’s lots of small things she does that really adds up as the best thing about the show.

It’s those small moments that really make the show stand out. Each scene kicks off with art that looks like it’s from the comics, which when added to all the small thing McIver does creates a fun entertaining show, a great companion for its lead-in, and one that even though it shares characteristics with some previous shows, has a voice of its own.

The show is charming, cute, and I can’t think of anything else currently on television like it. Thank god we at least get the one.

Overall Rating: 9

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E14 Love in the Time of Hydra

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoCoulson and his team are still reeling from a shocking revelation that leaves the team fractured as they must decide what to do with one of their own. Meanwhile, Bobbi and Mack reveal their true allegiance to Hunter, while elsewhere, Ward and Agent 33 embark on a personal mission.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been interesting this season, throwing a lot out there and digging itself more into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s even more added tonight, as we learn the truth as to what’s being hidden by Bobbi and Mack. That adds more confusion to it all, who we should trust, who we shouldn’t. It kind of feels like we’re back dealing with Hydra in a weird way. But there’s some other issues in that the reasoning about it all is “transparency,” but its been secret up to this point! And who is really behind all of this?

Skye and Coulson go on a trip and have some bonding time.

The rest of the episode focuses on Ward and Agent 33 who have been absent for a bit. It’s all interesting, if not twisted at times. They’re on a mission that leads to some humor that feels a bit out of place at times (*cough* Talbot *cough*). It ends in an ode to A Clockwork Orange.

There’s a lot here this episode, and it’s all very mixed in quality. It’s not helped at all by the fact the acting is a bit sub-par too. The Mack and Bobbi stuff though is laying the groundwork for something, just not sure what.

Overall Score: 7

TV Review: The Flash S1E16 Rogue Time

theflash_full_costumeThe Flash learns that Captain Cold and Heat Wave have returned to Central City. This time Snart has brought along his baby sister Lisa aka Golden Glider to help wreak havoc on the city.

The Flash is having some issues, with the whole time issue now. Barry is back in time and attempts to use his knowledge in a rather poor way… but really the episode is all about the Rogues, who add Lisa Snart/Golden Glider to their numbers.

The Rogues are up to three! And to me, that’s the best part of the episode, as Barry and Captain Cold have a bit of a discussion, which sets the rules between these two long rivals. It’s a bit of fun to it all.The bad is, all that amazing stuff from last episode is up in the air! Last episode had some of the most shocking moments of the season, and that didn’t happen? Or does it? It’s a little bit frustrating, and annoying to say the least. And where’s the other version of himself from that time?

As cool, and brave as it was for the series to introduce time-travel, there’s some massive issues with the episode that took me out of it a bit. Did last episode happen? Will it happen? Is this a cheat to undo those shocking moments? I guess we’ll find out.

Overall rating: 7.5

Wes Craven & Steve Niles Team Up For The Disciples Adaptation

The Disciples #1 CoverBlack Mask Studios has announced that horror maestros Wes Craven and Steve Niles are joining forces to adapt Black Mask’s upcoming comic book The Disciples into a TV show for Universal Cable Productions with Niles’ Black Mask co-founders Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz executive producing alongside Industry Entertainment’s Sara BottfeldThe Disciples marks Black Mask’s latest foray into TV, joining the adaptation of Five Ghosts that Black Mask has in development at Syfy with Evan Daugherty writing the pilot.

The Disciples is a sci-fi/horror story about a team of interstellar private eyes tracking down a girl who’s run off to join a cult on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede… it’s ‘True Detective in space’ brought to you courtesy of Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten.

Niles co-founded Black Mask Studios with Pizzolo and Gurewitz in 2013 as a home for edgy and subversive comics.

The Disciples #1 comes to shelves May 27th.

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