One of the most common places you'll find Norman Reedus' character, the crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon on AMC's The Walking Dead, is on his motorcycle. Now fans will have the chance to watch Norman himself travel by motorcycle around the country as he visits different locations to explore motorcycle culture and its history.
While many fans have wished for a Walking Dead spin-off starring Reedus, he is getting his own show, but it has nothing to do with the zombie drama. AMC announced on Thursday they're launching a new reality series starring the popular actor, tentatively titled Ride With Norman Reedus.
Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, gave a statement about the new show, Ride With Norman Reedus.
"We love being the home of people's passion projects, and there is nobody more passionate about motorcycles than Norman Reedus. He is an avid rider and aficionado who is deeply immersed in motorcycle culture. There is also nobody more fun to hang out with. 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."Norman, a biker-enthusiast, will travel on his motorcycle with a different companion each episode who's along for the ride. The companions will range from an actor to a musician, friend, or local biker. Reedus and his companion will stop at different places such as custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, collector's warehouses, bars, and restaurants.
According to AMC, Ride with Norman Reedus will "celebrate some of the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and motorcycle craftsmen around the country." AMC also hints there will be "plenty of time for unplanned detours and tire changes."
The show will feature six one-hour episodes and debut in 2016. Each episode will take place in a different city where different types of motorcycles, such as vintage, minis and cruisers, will be showcased.
Ride With Norman Reedus is produced by Left/Right Productions and executive produced by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver.
It isn't a secret that Norman loves motorcycles--E! reported that earlier this month Norman Reedus rode a motorcycle into The Walking Dead's Season Six fan premiere in New York City, showing his love for motorcycles and channeling his character, Daryl Dixon.
Norman Reedus gave a statement, which was released by AMC, about his excitement with his upcoming new show.
"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. I had a lot of fun filming and exploring, and I hope it shows."Druckerman, co-president of Left/Right Productions, added, "Norman's interest in motorcycle culture and his natural ability to make friends wherever the road takes him are just two of the key ingredients that make this show so exciting for us. We look forward to taking viewers on a fun, imaginative, and revealing ride."
While Reedus and AMC are excited about the upcoming new show, where does this news leave Walking Dead fans, especially those who love Daryl Dixon?
Entertainment Weekly reports Walking Dead fans shouldn't worry about Daryl Dixon being killed off on the show--there's plenty of time during the show's hiatus for Reedus to film his new show while sticking around on Walking Dead to kill Walkers.
Cinema Blend, however, gives a different perspective. The website wonders if AMC is preparing Walking Dead fans for the demise of fan favorite Daryl Dixon. The idea is that with Reedus starring in a new series, this could soften the blow if the network chose to kill off Dixon. Fans would still get to see Reedus in some capacity.
Cinema Blend goes on to say rather than killing off Daryl, the network could "simply be trying to achieve maximum exposure for a beloved actor on their network. It's anyone's guess at this stage."
So Norman Reedus fans, will you be tuning in to his new show? Are you worried about his character's fate on The Walking Dead?
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