Zombies are about to bring new life to the board games Monopoly and Risk, and T-shirts will be looking a bit sharper, thanks to some sharks.
USAopoly and Hasbro are coming out next month with The Walking Dead versions of both games, while Syfy and the Sharknado studio, Asylum, get ready to introduce T-shirts tied to the super-cheesy cable pic.
In Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition ($39.99), tokens arent anything as mundane as thimbles or irons. Here, pieces include an RV and a bucket of body parts, which can land on spaces from Woodbury Fight Arena to the Greene Family Farmhouse. And since this is a game of survival, properties are bought and sold using supplies such as fuel and firearms.
The Dead version of Risk ($49.99) is all about fending off attacks by living and zombie armies to gain control of numerous Southeast territories. Both Walking Dead games go on sale in late September through Skybound and Diamond Comic Distributors.
Syfy and Asylum signed with Earthbound, a direct-to-retail and brand-licensing agency, to market an ocean of Sharknado goodies, including bags, costumes and games.
First up will be the Sharknado T-shirts, which will hit stores nationwide in the coming weeks.
2nd season ordered for ‘Devious Maids’
Devious Maids is getting a second season.
Lifetime says the series about the lives of domestic workers and their wealthy bosses has proved the networks fastest-growing drama since its June debut.
Devious Maids is from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and includes Eva Longoria, who starred in the ABC drama, as an executive producer.
Lifetime ordered 13 episodes for the second season.
Opera soprano comes to ‘Downton’
Downton Abbey, the worlds favorite country-house soap, is getting a dose of opera.
Producers say soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will appear in the upcoming fourth season as real-life diva Nellie Melba.
The New Zealand-born singer says I couldnt say yes fast enough to appearing in a show she loves – and enjoyed her time on set so much she named her new dog Abbey.
Te Kanawa sang for journalists at a preview of the new season on Tuesday. In the new series, Melba – a huge star of the early 20th century – joins the aristocratic Grantham clan for a house party.
The costume drama returns to British television this fall, and airs in the U.S. on PBS in January.