Fans love The Walking Dead's motorcycle-riding, crossbow-wielding, zombie-slaying Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). The fact that the actor portraying him comes across as just as much of a badass in real life (minus the zombies) only adds to his popularity.
So it's no surprise that AMC has chosen Reedus to front the network's first new reality series in a year. Tentatively titled Ride with Norman Reedus, the six-episode travelogue will follow him on a multi-city tour of motorcycle culture, joined by a revolving cast of celebrities, friends, and local enthusiasts.
The unscripted series will immerse viewers in the world of those who ride, collect, and craft every type of motorcycle, including vintage bikes, minis, and cruisers. AMC's official announcement teases that Reedus could explore "custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, collector's warehouses, or a roadside smokehouse," plus some interesting detours along the way.
As noted by Deadline, the network has been aggressive in building on the success of The Walking Dead. AMC already airs spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, as well as Talking Dead, the unscripted post-show analysis hosted by well-known genre nerdist Chris Hardwick (@midnight). Adding a reality series that will draw both chopper and zombie fans fits perfectly into their "opportunistic" game plan in the reality arena. AMC's senior VP of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, Eliot Goldberg, will oversee this new project.
The entertainment potential for this Reedus ride on the wild side is high. The actor has just the right amount of bad boy charm and fearlessness to make this an unpredictable adventure worth watching. As Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV, put it:
"We love being the home of people’s passion projects, and there is nobody more passionate about motorcycles than Norman Reedus. He is an avid rider and aficionado who is deeply immersed in motorcycle culture. There is also nobody more fun to hang out with."
While he may not be cruising with a crossbow strapped to his ride, there has to be something on the new show as good as racing a train (see below).
Ride with Norman Reedus will premiere in 2016 on AMC.