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PODCAST: Can ‘The Walking Dead’ Finally Become a Major Awards Player?

PODCAST: Can 'The Walking Dead' Finally Become a Major Awards Player?

In 2011, “The Walking Dead” landed its first and last Golden Globe nomination. It was for Best Television Series — Drama, but AMC’s post-apocalyptic zombie tale didn’t land any more nods, that year or any year since. The story has been roughly the same at the Emmys, where “The Walking Dead” has only been recognized at the Creative Arts Emmys.

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Most prognosticators have ascribed the lack of recognition simply: the show, while a ratings juggernaut, just isn’t good enough. AMC has been able to get behind “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” pushing both prestige dramas to great success with the HFPA and TV Academy, while “The Walking Dead” pays the bills (though, to be fair, “Breaking Bad” did pull in some solid ratings in its final seasons). Others have blamed the genre trappings of the series, arguing that horror shows are a hard sell for awards voters.

With its fifth season performing oh-so-well critically and commercially, it appears only the latter position still applies. Can “The Walking Dead” finally break back into the Golden Globes and make a significant dent at the Emmys in 2016? Maybe, maybe not. Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers debate both sides in this week’s Very Good TV Podcast. In addition, the duo breaks down the branding of AMC, discussing what shows they have on the horizon and how the network has transformed since losing its breakout series.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Very Good TV Podcast via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news — as well as the latest reviews and analysis on all the best television shows out this fall, not just “The Leftovers” — plus check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to Indiewire’s other podcastsScreen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Indiewire Influencers, hosted by Editor in Chief Dana Harris and featuring various guests relevant to anyone tracking independent film or entertainment in general.

Related News and Articles:
– Did you catch last night’s “Walking Dead”? Make sure to read Indiewire’s episode reviews, including theories about you-know-who.

– Curious about AMC’s upcoming shows? Take a peak at “Into the Badlands” in this wild three-minute scene.

– If you watched the latest “Leftovers,” you cannot miss Liz’s interview with Christopher Eccleston

– Similarly for fans of “The Knick,” Ben spoke with Andre Holland about Friday’s big twist. 

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