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TV Tidbits: Excitement is building for "Walking Dead" viewers

October 6, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 06--We're one week away from the season premiere of "The Walking Dead," AMC's hit show about a world taken over by zombies. And there's plenty to whet viewers' appetites, if that's the right word, between now and next Sunday.

AMC has a new three-episode webisode miniseries on its YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/amc. The storyline, called "The Oath," was directed by Greg Nicotero, an executive director and special effects makeup designer on the show. Each installment runs 7 to 10 minutes, and the story focuses on different characters from the weekly TV series.

On Tuesday night, Ssalefish Comics, 3242 Silas Creek Parkway, will have a midnight release party for issue 115 of the "Walking Dead" comic book, which inspired the series. The sale, which starts at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and runs 50 minutes, will include a special midnight-release variant cover that will not be available later. There will be a $1 discount off the comic for people who bring a non-perishable food item for the Ronald McDonald House.

AMC is repeating previous episodes of "Walking Dead" all week leading into the fourth-season debut, at 9 p.m. Oct. 13. As with last season, eight episodes will be shown in October and November, followed by a break and then eight more episodes starting in February.

As with previous seasons, Aperture Cinema, 311 West Fourth St., will be showing each new episode starting Oct. 13. Admission is free, and concession purchases are encouraged.

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For a very different take on zombies, BBC Home Entertainment is releasing the British drama "In the Flesh" on DVD Tuesday. The compelling three-part series is set in the aftermath of a zombie war, after which the virus that caused the dead to rise has been "cured." Some ex-zombies have been restored to life and are being reintegrated into society, but are viewed with distrust by their still-living acquaintances.

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Andy Westney, a sports writer from Charlotte, is one of five candidates for a "Fan Favorite" spot in a forthcoming "Jeopardy" contest, and your votes could help him make the cut. Westney, who won the 1991 "Jeopardy" teen tournament, is competing against four other contestants to take one of three remaining slots in the "Battle of the Decades Tournament." To vote for him, go to www.jeopardy.com/80s or tweet "Andy Westney #jeopardyvote" before 10 a.m. Monday.

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The much-loved drama "China Beach," which was set during the Vietnam War, is now available on DVD in two configurations. In stores, there's "The Complete Season One," with the first eight episodes of the show plus extras including a cast reunion, pilot commentary and interviews.

And for diehard fans, there's a hefty 21-DVD "The Complete Series" boxed set available exclusively online at chinabeachondvd.com, which has all 62 episodes of the show, more than 10 hours of bonus material, a companion booklet and more.

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New TV-on-DVD Tuesday includes: The second season of AMC's atmospheric, creepy series "American Horror Stories," which tells a self-contained story arc known as "Asylum"; the third season of the popular sitcom "The Middle"; the fourth season of "White Collar"; the fifth and final season of "90210"; the seventh season of the quirky comedy-mystery series "Psych"; and the eighth season of the crime drama "Bones," with extras including a commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel.

"American Horror Story" and "Bones" are also available on Blu-ray.

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