Tidbits from around the dial
AMC is giving Daryl Dixon from “The Walking Dead” his own spin-off. But zombie lovers should probably temper their enthusiasm. The show is actually a documentary travel show featuring fan fave actor Norman Reedus. “Ride With Norman Reedus” allows the zombie-killing, motorcycle-riding star to travel the American roads exploring biker culture and “celebrating the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and craftsmen around the country.” Each one-hour episode will feature Reedus with a special riding companion—including celebrity bikers such as Peter Fonda and Robert Rodriguez. Destinations for this first season include North Carolina, Florida, California, Nevada, Texas and Louisiana. If you’re into custom bike shops, tattoo parlors and roadside smokehouses (not to mention Reedus’ sensitive bad-boy demeanor), this is looking like the show for you. The series is set to premiere on Sunday, June 12.
Disney Channel is obviously moving ahead with plans for a High School Musical 4. The network announced it will host an in-person, open call audition at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sunday, May 15. Members of the general public are invited to sing and dance their way into the new made-for-TV movie, “American Idol”-style. The producers are looking for young actors, age 14 to 17. Most of the tweenage fans of the original 2006 film have probably aged out of the series and are more concerned with hanging out at clubs these days, but if there’s one thing Disney know how to do it’s beat a dead horse. The film will be directed and choreographed by Jeffrey Hornaday (Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2). Dan Berendsen (Hannah Montana: The Movie) and Peter Barsocchini (who penned all three High School Musical movies) are writing it. No word on when the film will be aired or if any of the original stars will be making cameos. (Don’t hold your breath for Zac Efron or Vanessa Hudgens. Ashley Tisdale is a Facebook “maybe.” Corbin Bleu? He’s got a very clear schedule. Call him.)
The BBC has announced the newest companion for “Doctor Who.” With the departure of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)—last seen sneakily bopping around the universe with immortal Viking tween Ashildr in a time-traveling diner—the BBC is keen to tease us with The Doctor’s newest partner in time. Unknown actress Pearl Mackie (who appeared in a single episode of the medical soap “Doctors”) is climbing on board the TARDIS as “Bill.” The new season’s teaser trailer features The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill running from Daleks. Footage from the trailer isn’t actually from an upcoming episode, but features some good banter between the two characters and gives us some clue what their relationship will look like. Bill will presumably be introduced in this year’s Christmas episode, set to materialize on BBC One and BBC America sometime in December. The new season of “Doctor Who” will show up in early 2017.