Emily Kinney

Emily Kinney plays Casey, an assistant to Kyra Sedgwick's TV producer in ABC's "Ten Days in the Valley."


October wound up as a good month for Nebraska’s Emily Kinney.

A former cast member on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Kinney’s latest project, “Ten Days in the Valley,” premiered Oct. 1 on ABC. It stars Kyra Sedgwick as a TV producer whose daughter has been abducted. Kinney plays her assistant, Casey, on the thriller.

A few days later, People magazine named Kinney, a Wayne native and Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate, in its feature “Ones to Watch 2017: Rising Stars You Need to Know.” She was one of 26, joining Brandon Michael Hall, star of ABC’s “The Mayor,” rising country singer Carly Pearce, “Superstore” cast member Lauren Ash and Jack Quaid, the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

Here’s what People wrote:

Joining “The Walking Dead” made it hard for actor and singer Kinney, 32, to go about her daily routine in New York City once she was done filming in Atlanta. “I used to go down to my coffee shop in glasses and pajamas,” says the Nebraska native, who now stars on ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley.” “And then people were like, ‘Oh my God, it’s ... ’ I realized, ‘Awww, now I have to get dressed.’ ”

The entire list is at people.com/celebrity/ones-to-watch-2017.

On Oct. 22, Kinney was one of five former (killed off) “Walking Dead” regulars who joined 20 current cast members and executive producers at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a two-hour live “Talking Dead” on AMC that followed the season eight premiere (and 100th episode) of “The Walking Dead.”

On Friday, she released her new single, “Mermaid,” alongside a video. The song is available on iTunes, her YouTube channel and Spotify.

“The song is kind of about leaving situation you don’t really fit in, like maybe a relationship or you’re at a party and you feel like ‘this isn’t quite me and I don’t feel like a part of this world’ like a little mermaid and you want to swim away,” she told Fuse, a YouTube channel.

Kinney plans to release a new album next year.

News and notes

* CBS will shake up its Monday and Thursday night lineups now that it’s done airing NFL games on Thursday. Here’s how the schedule looks this week:


7 p.m. — “Kevin Can Wait”

7:30 p.m. — “9JKL”

8 p.m. — “Superior Donuts”

8:30 p.m. — “Me, Myself & I”

9 p.m. — “Scorpion”


7 p.m. — “The Big Bang Theory”

7:30 p.m. — “Young Sheldon”

8 p.m. — “Mom”

8:30 p.m. — “Life in Pieces”

9 p.m. — “S.W.A.T.”

* CBS All Access renewed “Star Trek: Discovery” for a second season, making it the first new fall show to be renewed.

* Sara Ramirez will become a series regular on “Madam Secretary” (CBS), debuting on Nov. 19 as political strategist Kat Sandoval. It’ll be her first on-camera job since leaving “Grey’s Anatomy,” where she played Dr. Callie Torres from 2006-16.

* FX renewed Pamela Adlon’s comedy “Better Things” for a third season, while Hulu will bring back the comedy “Casual” for a fourth and final season.

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