‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Will Golden Globes take bite out of zombie spinoff series?

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The original “The Walking Dead” was nominated for Best TV Drama Series at the Golden Globes for its first season, proving that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association aren’t as afraid of the horror genre as their Emmy counterparts. With that in mind, will AMC’s popular spinoff series “Fear the Walking Dead” find the same success this awards season?

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Unlike its Atlanta-based predecessor, “Fear the Walking Dead” is set in Los Angeles and follows a fractured family during the initial days of the zombie apocalypse. In other words, all the scary stuff that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) slept through during his coma on the original series is finally revealed.

The show’s 90-minute series premiere back in August made television history for AMC, delivering more than 10 million live/same day viewers and becoming the #1 series premiere in cable television history. If any of those record-setting viewers also happened to be voting members of the HFPA, might we see the show break through at the Globes?

The Walking Dead” is a two-time Emmy winner (both for Best Prosthetic Makeup) and was nominated in four more Creative Arts categories earlier this year: Best Prosthetic Makeup, Best Sound Editing, Best Stunt Coordination and Best Supporting Visual Effects.

The Golden Globes nominated the show for Best Drama in 2010, and the Critics’ Choice TV Awards followed suit in 2011. Critics’ Choice later gave acting bids to Andrew Lincoln (Best Drama Actor, 2013) and Melissa McBride (Best Drama Supporting Actress, 2014).

Meanwhile, the TCA Awards nominated the original series for Program of the Year in 2013. And it has been in contention at both the Writers Guild and Directors Guild Awards.

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