The first half of the seventh season of The Walking Dead has been controversial among fans, especially for its level of graphic violence, which was extreme, even for a show about zombies. The season premiere showed brutal killings of main characters—with a barbed wire baseball bat.
Now, the producers are going to make some changes.
The show’s executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, told Variety that the blowback from fans actually caused the creative changes:
We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence. We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season … This is not a show that is torture porn.
This year’s breakout drama This Is Us has been renewed for two more seasons, in an effort to keep you in a state of constant tears through at least 2019.
The show—which at looks the lives of several individuals and families experiencing a series of emotional plot-lines—was a critical and audience favorite for NBC. It’s also featured some underlying, deeper messages about love, family and consequences. From our piece “The Biblical Truths at the Heart of ‘This Is Us’”:
More than just giving us an hour of weekly entertainment, This Is Us powerfully reminds us that where we come from matters. What happened in the lives of those who raised us has the potential to significantly impact the people we become. We can try to downplay this with cries of “I’m never going to be like my parents,” but the powers of both nature and nurture are hard to fully escape.
Actor Andrew Garfield recently visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the two had an interesting discussion about spiritual exercises, fasting, faith, how preparing for the film Silence showed him about Jesus, the afterlife, doubt and even spiritual warfare. It’s a really fascinating conversation.
While discussing the ignatius spiritual exercises (which he studied for a year before the filming began), he explained, "It’s a very weird thing where you create this very deep relationship with Jesus Christ. And I didn’t know much about Jesus. I hadn’t really studied the Bible.”
The film tells the story of two 17th century Jesuit missionaries investigating reports of persecution in Japan. He recently explained to American Magazine that the intense mental and spiritual preparation for the role taught him about developing a relationship with Christ:
What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing … That was the most remarkable thing—falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.
Stand-up comedian Nick Thune performed on The Tonight Show this week, and brought some blistering youth ministry material.
A former youth group kid himself, Thune is developing a sitcom for ABC about a church who hires a hip pastor to reach the younger generation. Thune explained to LA Weekly,
When I was a counselor [for church summer camps], I got a peek inside the interesting workplace of a church. People think, ‘Oh, he’s a pastor, he just speaks on Sundays and has the week off,’ but there are actually offices and jobs, and I think it’s a work environment that nobody has really touched.
A new trailer for Fox’s upcoming drama Shots Fired has just been released, and the show looks like it has the potential to cause some serious dialogue. Written and created by acclaimed husband and wife filmmakers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, the series looks at the criminal justice system, racism and the media, all while examining a fictionalized police shooting.