What did you do on your zombie apocalypse summer vacation? Well, if you are The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus you dive into a few other projects, jump on your bike and hit the road. That good clean wallop of torque is exactly what happens in the joyride that is Ride With Norman Reedus – which is why I say take a ride with the good-time show that has an unexpectedly friendly vibe.
Debuting on June 12 on AMC right after Preacher, the six-episode Ride is almost all Reedus all the time – and that’s OK as he travels around California, Florida, the Appalachia and more with the likes of Peter Fonda and Robert Rodriguez showing up.
Ride’s OK because the longtime motorcycle-riding actor nicely channels some of his much less loquacious Daryl Dixon character from TWD and creates a smooth blur between fact and fiction for the fanboys and fangirls. It’s OK because, part Easy Rider 2016, part Jackass, part Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown American style, and part Entourage on wheels, Ride is a high-octane way to keep the Walking Dead franchise current until the blockbuster based on Robert Kirman’s comics returns in October for its Season 7 opener.
Furthermore, and more importantly for the show in question, the Ken Druckerman- and Banks Tarver-produced unscripted series reveals that Reedus is a good guide. As a real-life gear head, the actor is genuinely interested in bikes, bike culture and the people he meets along the way — and it shows. In fact, as I say in my video review above, if his TWD days are numbered as some like to postulate, then Reedus has a good gig to fall back on here and the skills to succeed at it.
So take a look at my review of Ride With Norman Reedus and tell us what you think. Should AMC widen its Walking Dead spinoffs with Theatre With Danai Gurira or Stubble With Andrew Lincoln for next summer?