The Walking Dead – Series 3

The zombie-apocalyptic hit TV show is back on our screens with it’s third season, which is the longest so far, 16 episodes in all, 10 more the first season. As any fans of the show will have seen from the past two seasons, the storyline and make-up effects have gotten better through each one, and season 3 is no different, with the zombies looking more realistic as they are no longer just infected people hobbling around, now they are actually corpses, with most of their flesh missing.

For anyone who has not been following the TV series, which is based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, centres around Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), their son Carl (Chandler Riggs) and a group of survivors who are trying to stay alive in whatever way they can whilst fighting the hordes of undead.

Season 3 starts off, as did the first two, with a bang, after the cliffhanger of an overhead view of the abandoned prison at the end of series 2, it has been hanging on our minds of where the story would lead to next, without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen the episode yet, it is a heart pounding episode all the way through, which makes you feel as though you are playing a zombie game on a console as you watch Rick and the gang slaughter and gun down the ghouls.

Along with a slightly adapted, and yet more exciting, opening credits sequence, the series also introduces two new characters, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and The Governor (David Morrissey), who will become more prominent as the series plays out.

The show was developed for the screen by Frank Darabont, who is also famous for bringing us films such as: The Mist, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. The show also stars Steven Yeun as Glenn, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Norman Reedus as Daryl, IronE Singleton as T-Dog, Melissa McBride as Carol, Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Scott Wilson as Hershel.

I would urge any fan of zombie films, or of The Walking Dead TV and comic book series to watch the new episode, and the ones that follow.

New Girl

Huge laughs from new American comedy

New Girl is a brand new television series which stars quirky film actress Zooey Deschanel as a woman in her early twenties who moves into an apartment with three men. Now, with the amount of new American comedy being shoved on our screens at the moment an assumption could be made that this would be another stale comedy, which is mainly for an audience of yanks.

Throw that idea out the window, because this show has something different to offer the viewers. The comedy is continuous throughout and is guaranteed to have you in stitches in parts, whether it’s Jess’s (Zooey Deschanel) unpredictable personality, schmidt’s (Max Greenfield) hilarious quips or Nick’s (Jake Johnson) outbursts of girlfriend trouble.

Fans of films of Zooey Deschanel will not be disappointed as her character has the same feel about her as she portrays on the silverscreen. Most will know Deschanel for being a very musical person in such other films as Yes Man, Elf and 500 Days Of Summer as she is always singing at some point, and it’s no different in New Girl, sometimes the actress just breaks out into a song in the middle of a sentence which is a real enjoyment to watch.

A wide range of viewers will enjoy the show, not just girls and women as it is loaded with hollywood insider jokes, and in a comedy based around a woman most might think it would be a girly girl character and if it was a film, a chick flick. The show is far from that as Deschanel creates an unpredictable, loopy and downright crazy character which both genders would find hilarious.

The show was written by Elizabeth Meriwether who was also behind the writing for the recently 2011 released romantic-comedy film ‘No Strings Attached’ which starred Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and the show was produced by Jake Kasdan who directed the 2011 comedy film ‘Bad Teacher’ which starred Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. With a writer and director of successful comedies the show should continue to bring the laughter.

This show will be what you’re talking about for days to come.

New Girl is on E4 at 8.30PM on a friday evening.