This has never been simply a show about the undead feasting on brains. It’s about moral choices and psychological consequences; how do human beings reconcile their once civilized nature with a newly uncivilized world. “The Walking Dead” more closely resembles Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” than most zombie movies.
However, members of the TV academy have been reluctant to embrace the horror genre over the years. Part of the reason for that may be to due to there being so little scary fare to consider. Indeed, broadcast networks shied away from the genre, save for the occasional foray by sc-fi shows such as “The X-Files,” “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits.”
However, with the proliferation of cable networks, there has been an outbreak of TV that terrifies. Indeed, one of horror’s biggest hits — “American Horror Story” — has made a strong showing at the Emmys but that has been over on the movie/mini side where there is much less competition. And that is where adaptations of two of horrormeister Stephen King‘s best-sellers — “The Stand” (1994); “The Shining” (1997) — contended.
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