We're 18 days from seeing the first episode of Fear and the entertainment press is frothing at the mouth a little - mostly with excitement.
Some of the main cast went to TCA 2015 and seemed to have a good time, I'll put some links etc to interviews up here later.
There's a new video teaser out called "Lights Out LA", though people are calling it the "Timelapse of Terror", you can see in Featured Videos section on the Main Page of the wiki.
The New York Times review, "To Live and Not Die in LA" by Lorne Manly, has to win some sort of prize for a great article name if nothing else. It's generally positive and as you would expect of the NYT, thoughtful, comprehensive and considered. The article raises some interesting points though and is well worth a read. It hadn't occurred to me but Fear is breaking newish ground in television terms: "spinoffs that share none of the same characters or aren’t variations of the tried-and-true police procedural format are exceedingly rare in TV history". And, now that I think about it, that's a fair comment. My instinct as a TWD fan is to assume it will be a success, but that's not a given. Most commentators looking at the coming TV series are pretty skeptical about how the series will do.
Variety's Brian Lowry is less than impressed in his review. "fabricated tension [and] precious little that actually quickens the pulse". I don't think Lowry's a fan, somehow. Lowry is obviously a fan of Dickens and Curtis but doesn't feel they had much to work with; he also seems puzzled at the series' focus on one family, "as if an episode of “Parenthood” suddenly had to deal with the zombie apocalypse". That line, which the writer intended as a negative comment I'm sure, seems to sum up Fear as well as anything I've read so far.
Despite being initially doubtful of how sensible the decision was to make Fear Roth Cornet from HitFix in her video review and written article finds the series (she's seen the first two episodes) "engaging" and is quite taken with the performances of Curtis & Dickens. Like a number of other commentators (me, for instance) she wonders how Fear will continue to be different and continue to grab viewer's attention past season 2. We'll see :) I suspect Kirkman and Erickson have a cunning, and quite possibly terrifying, plan that they're not discussing with anyone.