We are, of course, stoked that The Walking Dead is up for multiple 2014 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Cable TV Drama, Favorite TV Anti-Hero (Rick Grimes!), and Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show. We'll be voting for it on the daily, and maybe even lighting some candles for good luck — hey, it doesn't hurt!
We know you, dear fans, will be doing the same. But how do you convince your friends to vote for TWD too? Here are four reasons why the AMC drama deserves to take home a trophy (or two, or three!).
We Never See This Level of Special Effects on TV. The production quality on The Walking Dead set new bars for cable TV dramas and their special effects crews. This is partially because their head special effects artist is also an executive producer, but it's mostly because said artist/producer is Greg Nicotero, a special effects designer who worked on award-winning and classic films like Kill Bill and Army of Darkness.
It's Already Iconic, and it's Only Four Seasons Old. How many shows that are only four seasons in get an insanely popular fan-driven convention (Walker Stalker Con) and an hour-long weekly show solely devoted to discussing the last episode? That kind of stuff is usually reserved for long-running franchises, like Star Trek or Dr. Who.
Millions of People Already Choose it Every Week. The Walking Dead has killer ratings; when 16.1 million people watched the Season 4 premiere on October 13, it even set a record. Yes, the Season 4 kick off was the most watched non-sports broadcast in cable history, beating out High School Musical 2. Based on viewership alone, it seems fair that TWD is the main contender to take home Favorite Cable TV Drama.
There's Something For Everyone. Whether you like hot guys, compelling characters, action, or just endless gore, The Walking Dead has something for you. Horror fans love it. Drama fans love it. Hell, it's even funny sometimes. It's a total package.
The People’s Choice Awards air on January 8, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. You can vote at PeoplesChoice.com, their official voting app, and on Facebook or Twitter through December 5, 2013.