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'Fear the Walking Dead' is appetizing all on its own

Cliff Curtis had every reason to avoid the zombies. The actor, who broke through the ranks in 2002's "Whale Rider," is well aware that "Fear the Walking Dead" guarantees initial interest, thanks to its direct connection to "The Walking Dead," the most popular drama in cable history. But doesn't the series run the risk of coming across like a tofu dish prepared solely to mollify hungry fans until the Season 6 steak dinner is served in October? "I know exactly what you mean," said Curtis, calling last week from his native land of New Zealand. "There's not a great track record for spinoffs of popular franchises." Curtis and...