‘Walking Dead’ TCA Panel Canceled By AMC So EPs Can Attend Stuntman John Bernecker’s Funeral

TCA 2017: Press event was set for Saturday

Last Updated: July 27, 2017 @ 5:19 PM

AMC has canceled its “Walking Dead” panel at the ongoing Television Critics Association press tour so that executive producers can attend funeral services for stuntman John Bernecker, the network said Thursday in a note to media.

The panel was set for Saturday, when AMC and IFC will present some new and returning series. Bernecker died earlier this month after falling from a 25-foot-high balcony while performing a stunt on the Georgia set of the zombie apocalypse drama. Production was halted after the veteran stuntman’s accident, and Bernecker was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center.

Bernecker worked as a stuntman since 2009 — his first gig was the crime thriller “Anytown.” Bernecker’s filmography includes 92 credits as a stuntman and 13 credits as an actor, including a role in 2017’s “Logan.” His résumé also includes work on “24: Legacy,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” three of the “Hunger Games” films, “Black Panther” and “The Fate of the Furious.”

Here AMC’s note:
Dear Critics,
We look forward to seeing you at our AMC/SundanceTV TCA session this Saturday.

We wanted to make you aware that, unfortunately, we will no longer be able to present our panel with “The Walking Dead” executive producers. The panel conflicts with the funeral services for our stuntman John Bernecker, which Scott Gimple and some of the other EPs will be attending.

The EPs were very much looking forward to being there with you Saturday. We would be happy to arrange interviews at a later date to ensure you get the access that you need, heading into our eighth season and 100th episode this October and will be in touch soon to set those up.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

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