When a co-worker learned I was interviewing Emily Kinney from “The Walking Dead,” she wanted me to ask her about Norman Reedus, who plays the crossbow-wielding, motorcycle-driving Daryl Dixon on AMC’s hit series.
Reedus has become a fan favorite, particularly among women.
“He is super nice, sweet and fun,” said Kinney, the Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate who plays Hershel’s youngest daughter, Beth Greene.
“We attend these (promotional) events, and girls will have Norman’s picture on their cellphones,” Kinney added. “People just love Norman. It’s awesome.”
I chatted with Kinney after AMC announced it had promoted her to series regular after two seasons as a recurring character. You can find the story here. “The Walking End” ended its third season last Sunday, drawing more than 12 million viewers to its finale.
Kinney is one of a handful of Nebraskans who have or have had recurring or starring roles on TV this past season. The others include:
* Scott Porter (Omaha) and Jaime King (Omaha) as George Tucker and Lemon Breeland, respectively, on The CW’s “Hart of Dixie.”
* Abby Miller (Clay Center) as prostitute Ellen May on FX’s “Justified”
* Abbie Cobb (Gretna) as Dalia’s BFF Kimantha on ABC’s “Suburgatory”
* Justin Bruening (Wynot) as paramedic Matthew on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”
* Jay Karnes (Omaha) as Secretary of Defense William Curry on ABC’s “Last Resort”
* Ryan Quincy (Holdrege) as Chad on IFC's animated "Out There"
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* Speaking of Miller, we may not have seen the last of her Ellen May on “Justified,” which ended its fourth season Tuesday.
Executive producer Graham Yost told entertainment blog TVLine that “we don’t have any plans (for Ellen May) right now. It felt like her hug with Shelby at the end of episode 12 was a nice conclusion to that story. That said, it would be strange if we didn’t see her again in the history of the series. And there are a bunch of characters we feel that way about.”
* Netflix announced it will release the fourth season of “Arrested Development” on May 26. Even better news: The episode order has grown to 15. Sweet!
* NBC made it official last week, announcing Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.” The show also will move from Los Angeles to New York City. Reports say the change is expected to coincide with the network’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, meaning it will occur in February or March.
* Cory Monteith will be missing from the final two episodes of “Glee” after checking himself into rehab for a substance addiction. Monteith plays Finn. In other “Glee news,” Katey Segal (Gemma on “Sons of Anarchy”) will guest star as Artie’s (Kevin McHale) mother, most likely during sweeps in May.
* Did you miss the final seven minutes from Wednesday’s “The Americans” that you recorded on your DVR? You’re not alone. A listing error caused the episode, “Safe House,” to end at 10 p.m. instead of 10:07 p.m., which may have affected some viewers DVRs. FX will make the episode available at fxnetworks.com until May 15.
* Quick hits ... The latest renewals include HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which started its third season last week; BET’s “The Game” (fourth season); Disney’s “Austin & Ally” (third season); and TBS’ “Conan” (through November 2015) ... Kelly Clarkson will appear Thursday on “American Idol” ... USA is showing interest in “Happy Endings” should ABC cancel it.