‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus on His New AMC Show: ‘This Is Completely Off-the-Cuff’
Fans of Daryl Dixon will soon be able to join him for a summer road trip via his new show!
This Sunday (June 12 at 10/9c) marks the premiere of Norman Reedus’ very own reality show, Ride with Norman Reedus. And like the title, this is a no B.S. enterprise. The actor best known as the crossbow-wielding biker on The Walking Dead is traveling across America for a six-part series exploring the vast world of motorcycles and bikers. However, although this is a “reality” show, Reedus is quick to clarify that this isn’t like most reality shows.
“Ride is totally unscripted,” he told TV Line. “I know there’s ‘unscripted’ television shows that are really scripted, but this isn’t one of them. This is completely off-the-cuff. It’s adventure time for an hour.”
Similar to Shia LaBeouf’s performance art hitchhiking project, Reedus’ new show aims to capture some of the intimacy and self-exploration that traveling elicits. “We wanted people to feel like they were on a motorcycle right alongside us,” Reedus said. “That’s the whole point. And when you take a road trip with somebody, you know them so much better at the end of the trip. You wind up having conversations you wouldn’t have had [otherwise]. It’s like you’re talking to a bartender or a priest or a therapist sometimes.”
The actor, who quickly became a fan favorite on AMC’s zombie-infested show, also discussed the strange prospect of having fans.
“At times, [having fans is] surreal,” he said. “Sometimes, you’re not prepared for it. Like you’ll show up somewhere, and there’s a bunch of people, and you think, ‘Oh shit, that’s right. It’s like this.’ It’s never in the back of my mind unless it’s happening in front of me. You never get used to it.”