Today in show business news: Zombies are beating football in certain key areas, Saved by the Bell returns to the airwaves, and a new BBC show is headed our way.
Another Monday ratings report, another look at just how big The Walking Dead has become. In the crucial 18-49 demographic, last night's episode of AMC's zombithon beat NBC's Sunday Night Football (Colts at Houston), 8.7 million to 8.1 million. It did basically the same thing last week. That's a pretty big deal! More people overall still watched football, but advertisers don't care about old people and children. And among the people with real buying power, The Walking Dead won. Imagine that. We now have a new emblem of Americanness. "Oh, Cody was like the typical all-American kid in high school. Blonde hair, blue eyes, was president of the Walking Dead fan club." Goodbye quarterback, hello zombie LARPing. Well, OK, that might be jumping the gun a little bit, but we're almost there. We're getting there. Eventually, if Frontline has its way, football will be gone and everyone will be talkin' about zombies instead. Can you believe it? I hardly can. [Deadline]
No doubt hoping to get in on the whole BuzzFeed/Thought Catalog nostalgia racket, NBCUniversal will start airing Saved by the Bell reruns on E!, in two-hour daily blocks. That's four episodes every day! They're going to air from 7-9 AM, so you can watch them while getting ready for work, or if you're in college before/while skipping class, or you can be a weirdo and record them and watch them when you're home at night. However you want! The point is, there will be a lot of Saved by the Bell on, just like there used to be back in the '90s. Like sixteen, seventeen years ago. That many years ago. It's been that many years. You are that old. We are all that old. [The Hollywood Reporter]