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‘Walking Dead’: Carl’s 10 Greatest Moments

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'Walking Dead': Carl's 10 Greatest Moments

THR takes one last look at Chandler Riggs' performance in the AMC zombie series.

The end is nigh for the boy with one eye: Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), sentenced to death via zombie bite to the abdomen, will walk away from The Walking Dead during Sunday's midseason premiere.

Carl's death marks the most significant change from the Walking Dead comic books to date, as the character not only remains alive and well in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's source material on which the show is based, but stands poised to some day take over the lead role if and when the day arrives that his father, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), is no longer around. The show will have to carve a new way forward, with Carl set to succumb to his infection by the end of the first new Walking Dead episode of 2018, called "Honor."

Who will take on Carl's role from the comics moving forward? There's so much still in the character's future for the show to explore, most intriguingly his key relationship with one of the most memorable sets of villains in the comic's lore.

"I was excited to do a lot of those storylines in the comics because there's a lot of really cool stuff," Chandler Riggs previously told The Hollywood Reporter, speaking in an interview published on the night his character's fate was revealed. "I'm more excited to do other things than The Walking Dead than I was excited about doing those things on Walking Dead."

Riggs' optimism about the future is surely emboldened by the work he already accomplished in his time on the show. As one of few characters from season one still active (at least for now), Carl has seen and done more than most others in the zombie apocalypse. With his exit looming, here's one last look at Carl Grimes' greatest moments during his time in the world of The Walking Dead.

10. Take No Prisoners

Carl started the series as a wide-eyed innocent, helpless in a hopeless world. By the end of the show's third season, however, Carl was taking matters into his own hands, gunning down one of the soldiers from Woodbury in the finale's climactic confrontation. It was a dark moment for Carl, but a necessary one for the next phase of his journey, as Rick worked tirelessly to bring his son back from the brink of a world gone mad.

9. Going Clear

The entirety of "Clear," the season three episode centered on Rick, Carl and Michonne (Danai Gurira) encountering Morgan Jones (Lennie James) for the first time since his appearance in the pilot, stands out as a highlight in Walking Dead lore. But Carl's storyline with Michonne in the episode — in which they both fight together to find some rare family heirlooms — is an unsung part of its success, not the least of which is because it was the first step in the unexpected friendship between Kid Grimes and his sword-swinging stepmom.

8. Assault on the Sanctuary

Carl was often impulsive, acting out against the wisdom of his elders. Case in point: Carl's impending demise, a direct result of abandoning his post in Alexandria. Before that final, fatal example, Carl's most memorable rogue mission took place in season seven, when he tried to single-handedly take down Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. Mission failure, but it succeeded in bringing a few iconic moments from the comics to life.

7. The Last Stand

Another memorable scene between Carl and Negan, and quite likely their last: the confrontation between the two survivors at the gates of Alexandria in season eight's midseason finale. At the time, we didn't know Carl's offer to sacrifice himself for the safety of his people came with an asterisk, that his clock was already ticking down to zero due to the zombie bite. In hindsight, it's a haunting moment between Carl and his father's greatest adversary, one that's easily among the character's single most heroic moments.

6. Science Dog

Less of a Carl moment, and more of a Carl thing (and stuff): the "Science Dog" t-shirt he wears throughout the first season of the series. For those who aren't aware, Carl's shirt in season one is a direct reference to one of the earliest works by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman: Science Dog, a character who you pretty much already know everything about based on his name. It was an excellent Easter egg for fans of Kirkman's works and the Walking Dead comics in the early going of the show, and it's easily Carl's best clothing accessory all series long — with all due respect to the hat.

5. Becoming a Meme

Again, less of a Carl moment, and more of a meta moment involving Carl. In the aftermath of one of the single most brutal scenes in the entire series — the death of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) early on in season three — Rick and Carl share a tearful acknowledgment about what's just happened to the most important woman in their lives. It's a devastating scene, absolutely, but outside of the show, it's the source of some unexpected hilarity, in the form of a meme in which Rick slays Carl with awful dad jokes. Here's one example, and here's another. Fine, one more for good measure. The Walking Dead isn't best known for its sense of humor, so it's worth tipping the cap in those rare occasions.

4. Days Gone Eye

The biggest heart-in-the-throat moment involving Carl, his death notwithstanding, arrived at the midpoint of season six. In an attempt to escape an overrun Alexandria, Rick and the gang wore zombie guts to blend in with the surrounding walkers. It did not go so well for the Anderson family, leading to some violent pandemonium in which a stray bullet knocked Carl's eye clean out of its socket. The moment reads like it's Carl's last, thanks in large part to epic effects work from Greg Nicotero and his team.

3. The Great Pudding Caper

In the aftermath of the prison's decimation, Carl is left to defend his father, and fend for himself. As a result, he goes off on an expedition in which he battles a walker, loses a shoe, and gains a huge tub of chocolate pudding for his troubles. Carl eating pudding is the pinnacle of Carl memes, sure, but it's more than that. It's a great moment of levity at a time the show desperately needs it; after losing the prison, Hershel (Scott Wilson), and temporarily baby Judith, Carl pounding pounds of pudding on a roof with no one to witness except a lone walker was the exact thing we needed.

2. The Killer Within

Among the reasons why season three is often considered one of the best Walking Dead runs in the show's history, the early assault on the prison ranks high on the list — especially as it results in the end of two prominent characters, including Lori, a much earlier departure than her death in the comics. Carl's involvement in the moment is a big shock as well, as he's present at the time of her death, and even goes on to stop her from coming back as a walker. It's one of the most emotional and upsetting scenes in the series, one that derives much of its power from a young Chandler Riggs' work as Carl, and one that serves as a huge turning point for the character moving forward.

1. The End

Without getting into too much detail, Carl's final moments will stand out as his most memorable in the history of the show. His exit episode, "Honor," lives up to its title: it fully honors Carl Grimes and his impact on The Walking Dead, complete with what's easily Chandler Riggs' best acting in his eight seasons with the series. As a teaser: we may have already seen shades of Carl's final moments earlier this season. We'll leave it there for now, and will have much more to say after the episode airs.

What are your favorite Carl moments? Sound off in the comments below, and keep checking THR.com/WalkingDead for more coverage.


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‘Unsolved’ Stars Theorize Why Tupac and Biggie’s Killers Were Never Caught

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'Unsolved' Stars Theorize Why Tupac and Biggie's Killers Were Never Caught

Marcc Rose (left) and Wavyy Jonez

The series creators told THR they think they know who committed the decades-old murders.

USA's new true crime series, Unsolved, attempts to solve the decades-old murders of two of pop culture's biggest figures: Tupac and Biggie Smalls. In the process, the cast and creators told The Hollywood Reporter at the show's Los Angeles premiere that not only did they come up with what they believe actually happened, they also have their own theories as to why those crimes are still unsolved 20 years later.

"I think there's this presumption that, 'Well, it can't be that satisfying of a show because it's unsolved,' and I really don't think that's the case," creator Kyle Long told THR. "I really think we lay it all out there in a way that's interesting. We definitely show what conclusions some police officers came to and the audience will have to make up their mind."

Executive producer Anthony Hemingway, who directed the majority of the ten-episode series, went even further: "The show's themes deal with perception and how perception challenges your best judgment, and just reminds us that we need to stop and think about our actions. By watching the show unfold, there is so much clarity that comes and new information that we just had no idea [about]. … It'll show you the hard work that went into solving this case. You'll really get to see why it's unsolved, because we do solve it."

Tupac Shakur was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in late 1996, and Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in early 1997.

Unsolved lays out several reasons why the crimes remain unsolved, how they were linked and who could have committed them. But the actors have several of their own theories as to why the killers were never arrested.

"I think it's still officially unsolved because 20 years ago, people didn't care enough that two young black men were killed and it was swept under the rug for a bit," says star Jimmi Simpson, who plays Russell Poole, the LAPD detective tasked with finding Biggie's killer. "Then by the time it got into the hands of someone who was desperate to solve it, LAPD was giving him a hard time. Cut to 15 years later, half of the essential witnesses are dead and now we've missed our opportunity to legally solve it because of a mishandling, in my opinion, in the justice system."

Josh Duhamel, who plays Detective Greg Kading, the man tasked by the LAPD to solve the same crime a decade later, said he thinks there are several reasons why the crimes are still unsolved — and will remain that way.

"There's so much conflicting testimony. It would cost a tremendous amount of money. The guys who did it are dead. And it's just one of those things that would just take away too many resources, I think," he said. "It's unfortunate because I feel like these families deserve justice. But aside from some kind of a deathbed confession, I don't know if it'll ever be solved."

And the fact that many of the key witnesses and suspects are not alive doesn't exactly help matters.

"I think these crimes are unsolved because a lot of people are scared to speak up and try to get them solved," said Marcc Rose, who plays Tupac. "Aside from that, I feel a lot of people around that time who testified are no longer alive or maybe in prison. So it's really, really hard to try to put the pieces together."

Rose played the famous rapper briefly in the film Straight Outta Compton, but tackled the role again, this time for the entire series.

"In Compton, my job was to show him in the studio, how he felt with his music, his excitement, what went down between him and Dre, but I was so blessed with Unsolved. We got 10 episodes. So I get to show peel the layers back of who he was. You get to see the humanity between this guy. He's a human being. He's a brother. He's a son. You get to see the humanity, and the friendship between him and Biggie."

After walking the red carpet, the cast and crew gathered in VIP booths inside Hollywood's Avalon nightclub for a screening of the first episode. Following the screening, the club turned into a full concert venue as the screen lifted up to reveal a full band, and Wavyy Jonez, who plays Biggie in the series, performed a short set.

The afterparty-turned-concert continued with long sets from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — a group that worked with both Tupac and Biggie, and paid tribute to both men in their set — and Busta Rhymes.

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. premieres Feb. 27 on USA Network.


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‘Parks and Recreation’ Reunion: Natalie Morales to Star in NBC Comedy From Mike Schur

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'Parks and Recreation' Reunion: Natalie Morales to Star in NBC Comedy From Mike Schur

The actress, who had a key role on Schur's beloved 'Parks,' will play the title character in pilot 'Abby's.'

NBC is staging a Parks and Recreation reunion.

Actress Natalie Morales has been tapped to star in Abby's, the comedy pilot produced by Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur.

The multicamera comedy takes place at Abby's, an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.

Morales will play the title role of Abby, a no-nonsense, slight but strong ex-military staff sergeant in the Army who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Warmly convivial but never openly sentimental, Abby has found her calling, hosting friends

and newcomers in her open-air backyard bar where locals find camaraderie and a kind of sanctuary. It's her livelihood, her lifeblood and she's clearly unnerved when her new landlord shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal.

Morales had a key recurring role on Parks, playing Lucy, the love interest and eventual bride to Aziz Ansari's Tom.

Abby's is written by Josh Malmuth (Superstore, New Girl), who exec produces alongside Schur and his Universal Television-based Fremulon banner. 3 Arts' David Miner also exec produces. Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) will direct and exec produce the pilot.

Morales' credits include Fox's The Grinder, ABC's Trophy Wife and USA Network's White Collar. She's repped by CAA, Bleeker Street Entertainment and Stone Genow.

Keep up with all the latest pilot orders, castings and eventual series pickups with THR'shandy guide.

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Taye Diggs to Star in Greg Berlanti-Produced CW Pilot (Exclusive)

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Taye Diggs to Star in Greg Berlanti-Produced CW Pilot (Exclusive)

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He will co-star in the untitled football drama from writer April Blair.

Taye Diggs is headed to The CW.

The Private Practice and Rent favorite has been tapped to co-star in the network's untitled football drama from writer April Blair (Reign).

Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, the project follows what happens when a rising high school football player from South Central Los Angeles is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti, the potential series follows what happens when the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Compton and Beverly Hills — begin to collide.

Diggs will take on the role of Billy Baker, who, having attended Crenshaw High himself, is the head coach of Beverly Hills High's football team. He has an intense desire to see Spencer, a transfer from Crenshaw, succeed — on and off the field — even if his efforts impact his relationship with his own son.

Diggs' TV credits include Fox's Empire, TNT's Murder in the First, ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice and Ally McBeal. Last season, the actor starred in the ABC drama pilot Doomsday, which did not move forward. He is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

Blair penned the pilot and executive produces alongside Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti and his head of production Sarah Schechter. Robbie Rogers will produce, while Dane Morck will serve as a consultant. Rob Hardy will direct and exec produce the pilot.

Keep up with all the latest pilot orders, castings and eventual series pickups with THR'shandy guide.

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HBO Renews ‘Crashing,’ ‘High Maintenance’ for Season 3

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HBO Renews 'Crashing,' 'High Maintenance' for Season 3

HBO's 'Crashing' and 'High Maintenance'

The pair of comedies are currently airing their second seasons.

HBO is handing out a pair of renewals.

The premium cable network has ordered third seasons of Crashing and High Maintenance, two of its sophomore comedies. The renewals come as the series are currently in the middle of their second seasons, which both premiered January.

Crashing, which centers on creator and comedian Pete Holmes' life, first premiered in February 2017 and was quickly renewed for a second season in March. Executive produced by Holmes, Judd Apatow and Judah Miller, the series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of standup comedy. Co-executive producers include Igor Srubshchik and Oren Brimer, with Josh Church and Dave Rath producing.

High Maintenance, for its part, started out as a web series on Vimeo before moving over to the pay cabler in September 2016. The pot comedy comes from creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, and stars the latter as a bearded, pot-dealing deliveryman whose growing clientele is keeping him busier than ever. Russell Gregory also executive produces, with Willy Friedman, Gwen Bialic and Emi Irikawa serving as producers.

In addition to Crashing and High Maintenance, HBO's comedy slate also includes Veep, Silicon Valley, Insecure, Divorce, Ballers, Vice Principals, Tracey Ullman's Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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