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In today’s edition of TV Bits:

  • Entertainment Weekly celebrates the women of Game of Thrones.
  • Go behind the scenes of Fear the Walking Dead.
  • A new The Walking Dead teaser reveals Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s Negan.
  • American Gods casts three new cast members.

The first season of Fear the Walking Dead concluded with the cast conspiring to get on a boat and escape the zombie apocalypse by heading out into the Pacific Ocean. And as all of the marketing for the second season so far has shown us, they manage to get on the boat, which is a large luxury yacht that’s big enough to act as the central location for an entire cast of characters on a TV series. Anyway, AMC has released a cool featurette about the making of Fear the Walking Dead season 2 and the focus is entirely on this boat and the challenges that come with filming on water. The yacht itself was constructed for the show and the ocean is actually the massive water tank at Baja Studios in Mexico, which was constructed for the filming of Titanic. Like the show or not, this is a fascinating glimpse at a very complex shoot.

Meanwhile, in vanilla The Walking Dead news, a teaser trailer for the season finale arrived online and was quickly pulled. It’s not clear what went wrong here, but the details should prove very interesting to fans as it offered the first glimpse of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, the show’s next Big Bad. The Wrap managed to snag the two screenshots above, which show off Morgan in Negan’s trademark black leather jacket and his weapon of choice, a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire named “Lucille.”

American Gods TV series

As Starz’s upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods moves full steam ahead, new cast members are being added left and right. While Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, and Emily Browning will headline the series, Sean HarrisYetide Badaki, and Bruce Langley have joined the cast. Harris will play Mad Sweeney, a “down on his luck leprechaun.” Badaki will play Bilquis, “an ancient goddess of love who craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone.” Langley will play Technical Boy, a “New God who is purveyor of all things technology.”

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