Norman Reedus, ‘The Walking Dead’s’ zombie fighter Daryl Dixon, becomes an …

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Scores Biker Reality Show on AMC.

Norman Reedus’ portrayal of Daryl Dixon, the sensitive survivalist on AMC’s hit zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” has made him a pop-culture icon, as well as the most popular character on the series. The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus will host a new reality series that explores motorcycle culture in various American cities, scheduled to premiere on AMC in 2016. The actor previously starred in such films as “The Boondock Saints” and “Vacation.” “Walking,” which is a huge hit for AMC and often sets viewership records, is currently airing its sixth season.

The pair will visit mechanics, builders and riders; showcase different motorcycles, like minis or cruisers; and make pit stops at tattoo parlors, roadside smokehouses or collector’s warehouses. The show, with the working title “Ride With Norman Reedus” will follow Reedus, a biker enthusiast, as he takes viewers on a ride on the open road to explore local motorcycle culture and its history.

The series, which is scheduled for six one-hour episdoes, will also celebrate noted motorcycle collectors, mechanics and craftsmen around the country. The network is also set to premiere the second installment of their docu-drama The Making of the Mob next year, with a focus on Al Capone’s Chicago; and a new documentary series, The American West, executive produced by Robert Redford, was recently greenlit.

According to a press release, each episode of “Ride” will begin in a different city where Reedus and his riding companion – a fellow actor, musician, friend or local chopper fanatic who shares his passion for motorcycles – will journey to a new destination. Ahead of Season Four, Reedus told Rolling Stone why he chose to live outside Atlanta, where the show shoots, instead of in the city proper. “I like Atlanta, but there’s a mall and a Chick-fil-A,” Reedus said. “What do I need to go up there if I live in Manhattan? This show will bring those two elements together for a weekly ride into the incredible world of motorcycles and the people who live and breathe them.” “I’m incredibly excited and thankful to AMC for giving me the opportunity to share a passion of mine with our fans, and hopefully a whole new audience. Ratings were big for the series premiere, but its numbers toward the end of the season were far below those for an episode of “Walking.” However, there are few shows on cable TV that are harder to live up to in terms of ratings. I’d rather be out here on the country roads, driving home.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. But since AMC doesn’t have many unscripted TV shows on right now, viewers looking for TV based on real life may have gotten used to heading someplace like TLC or A&E, both of which have multiple popular unscripted programs.

Now, in this week’s episode — entitled, appropriately enough, “Thank You” — Glenn calls his buddy “dumbass” one last time, via a radio message he delivers from a walker-infested small-town shopping plaza. His hand-written note of gratitude ultimately ends up on the ground, trampled by the undead as its author dies screaming — not too long after Glenn mentions that he has a wife, too. As our heroes try to salvage the plan and get back to safety, Rick tells Glenn and Michonne that there are too many walkers ahead of them for their party to survive intact; he stresses that they shouldn’t hesitate to leave the weak and wounded behind. It’s an impressive, horrifying spectacle, captured by director Michael Slovis in a series of overhead shots that make the walkers look like an unstoppable force of nature. He puts his faith in Nicholas, the ASZ coward he’s been trying to teach to be stronger; and the other man’s indecision leads them into a blocked-off alley, where they quickly run out of ammunition.

Nicholas panics and shoots himself in the head (after saying, “Thank you”) and they both fall into the horde, where Glenn’s ripped apart, fully conscious. The death comes with about 15 minutes remaining in “Thank You,” leaving the rest of the episode to compare the lesson — that it’s cruel to be kind — with what our surviving heroes are going through. And Rick, having shocked the Alexandrians with how callously he kills and scavenges, shocks himself when he guns down some humans who are trying to commandeer his RV, then goes through their pockets and finds jars of baby food. Right about now, this show’s fans fans are probably going through a similar intellectual wrestling match, trying to decide whether this latest twist is one too many.

Most TV dramas, even the bloodiest, promise to keep at least a few major characters front-and-center, so that viewers will have someone reliable and likable to follow through the worst of times. But like Game of Thrones, our weekly dose of zombie-apocalypse drama has always been a show where the stakes are high and meaningful, and where anyone can die at any time.

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