TV News: Dead, Smash, Pan Am, World

Walking Dead
AMC is in the midst of production of the third season of “The Walking Dead” and the first photo has emerged of a new character – the fan-favorite, samurai-sword toting Michonne (Danai Gurira) from the comics.

The character made a brief appearance as a mysterious hooded figure wielding a katana and two chained armless zombies in the second season finale. [Source: Inquisitr]

Smash
With the first season wrapped, four cast members are exiting NBC’s Broadway-themed drama “Smash” before it starts its second season.

Set to depart are Dev (Raza Jaffrey), Ellis (Jaime Cepero), James (Brian d’Arcy) and Michael (Will Chase). It’s expected the actors will only appear for one or two episodes at most to wrap up their storylines. [Source: EW]

Pan Am
Though ABC officially cancelled the 1960’s-set series two weeks ago, the show’s producer Sony Pictures TV has been exploring options on cable and other platforms. Now its reportedly had conversations with Amazon about potentially picking up the show for its on-demand service.

The show is also a big international seller for the studio, particularly in Europe, so there’s incentive on Sony TV’s part to keep it going. [Source: Deadline]

World Without End
ReelzChannel has scored the U.S. premiere rights to the $46 million, eight-hour miniseries based on Ken Follett’s “World Without End”, the sequel to 2010’s “The Pillars of the Earth” from Scott Free Films and Tandem Communications which aired on Starz.

The story is set two centuries on and stars Charlotte Riley, Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth and Sarah Gadon. A Fall 2012 airdate is planned. [Source: Reelz]