As the season finale of “The Walking Dead” fast approaches, the new season of prequel show “Fear the Walking Dead” held its Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday night, followed by a party on a boat in Marina del Rey harbor. Why a boat? Because in season two, “Fear TWD” departs Los Angeles and heads for open water when the core cast boards a yacht called the Abigail owned by the mysterious Strand (Colman Domingo).
Tying into the show’s new shooting location in Mexico, the post-screening menu included tacos, salsa and margaritas. The Entertainer yacht was decked out with white couches, bars and bar stools. A deejay on the second floor of the yacht spun R&B, hip-hop and rap while cast members Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam Carey, Frank Dillane, Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Lorenzo James Henrie, Domingo and friends gathered in a lounge in the bow of the ship. The show’s executive producers Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and Dave Alpert were also enjoying the offshore ambiance of the party.
The show’s cast and executive producers were effusive about how terrific it was shooting in Mexico, on the same stage as the Russell Crowe film “Master and Commander.” They praised the crews and the food, and Blades shared that he’s discovered a lot of great wines south of the border.
A chat with Charlie Collier, president and general manager of AMC and SundanceTV, revealed that even though AMC is home to two hits centered around zombies, he has no plan in place in the event of a zombie apocalypse, “No, I don’t have a plan. I mean, what would anyone need a TV executive for?”
Spotted enjoying the festivities at the screening and party: Lou Diamond Phillips, Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”) with husband Kenric, Andrew West (“The Walking Dead”) with wife Amber Stevens West (“The Carmichael Show”), Jillian Rose-Reed of MTV’s “Awkward” and Marton Csokas from AMC’s “In the Badlands.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” has its season premiere April 10 on AMC.