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The long wait for new episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead ends on Feb. 10. If you don't watch the show, I should clarify that it is not a PBS series about the Tea Party. Fans of the show should check out the Hollywood Museum near Hollywood and Highland, which features costumes from The Walking Dead in its current exhibition. Oddly enough, they stand in one of the original jail cells used in the movie Silence of the Lambs. It seems appropriate, after all—Hannibal Lecter and zombies have the same dietary needs. Although I think zombies would turn up their noses up—those that still have them—to "fava beans and a nice Chianti."

Exciting news for action figure collectors, including the 11 who have moved out of their parents' basement—McFarlane Toys is releasing the next wave of The Walking Dead figures this March. Missing limbs is the theme of this year's designs, which will include Merle Dixon complete with a prosthetic hand and fan favorite Michonne complete with katana and her two armless pets.

A panel of The Walking Dead cast members and production staff will appear at the March 1 opening night festivities of the Paley Center for Media's 2013 PaleyFest in Beverly Hills.

Callbacks for The Voice are taking place at SIR Entertainment over on Sunset Boulevard this week. The weeding process is not so democratic as on the show. The celebrity judges have nothing to do with choosing the acts who will appear before them. It's all up to one casting director, who forwards her choices for producers to select. Which means it's not necessarily the best talent but who gives the best television.

The Mentalist star Simon Baker receives the latest star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Valentine's Day. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. outside 6352 Hollywood Boulevard, near Ivar. Die-hard Baker fans who attend should head over to Sunset after the event and check out the sites from his 1997 film debut, in which he was credited as Simon Baker Denny. Among the Sunset Boulevard locations used in the movie are the dilapidated Hollywood Center Motel at 6720 Hollywood Blvd., where Baker's character was found dead in room 203. Across the street you'll find the world famous Crossroads of the World, where Danny DeVito had his office, and its next-door neighbor the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. After exploring those sites, you should walk a few blocks north to have lunch at the historical Boardners restaurant at 1652 N. Cherokee, another site used in the movie.

Jay and Silent Bob fans won't want to miss the Feb. 7 episode of TBS' King of the Nerds when Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith appear as guest judges.

Doctor Who vet—and still my favorite—David Tennant hosts the PBS special Shakespeare Uncovered with guests Jude Law and Skyfall's Ben Wishaw, scheduled to air on most affiliates on Feb. 8.

Naomi Campbell joins the latest model search series, The Face, when it premieres on Oxygen Feb. 12. Don't be surprised when they do a spin-off series featuring all the Real Housewives from Bravo called Two Face.

The same evening brings the overdue new season of one of the best written and acted series on television, the TNT cop drama Southland. Former One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray joins the cast of regulars, which includes The O.C. vet Ben McKenzie, Regina King and In & Out's Shawn Hatosy.

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