THE WALKING DEAD Getting
Another New Showrunner!!
Glen Mazzara, chosen by AMC to replace “Shawshank Redemption” writer-director Frank Darabont as “The Walking Dead’s” showrunner subsequent to Darabont’s firing, is himself leaving, is himself departing “Dead.”
Mazzara will be leaving subsequent to the current, third season, which resumes with new episodes Feb. 10.
We’ve no word on who will serve as showrunner for season four.
Serving as showrunner on the widely reviled first season of Starz’ “Crash: The Series,” Mazzara was replaced before season two on the Starz series by the great “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” showrunner Ira Steven Behr.
Mazzara replaced Darabont midway through season two of “Walking Dead,” around the time Sophia’s return was being written. There were many subsequent season-two episodes featuring people wandering Hershel Greene’s farm talking about their post-apocalypse feelings.
For season three Mazzara remained showrunner, but many new writers were hired, among them “Sopranos” writer Frank Renzulli. Perhaps he’ll be named the third “Walking Dead” showrunner
The third season has been much, much better so far, except perhaps for “Made To Suffer,” the season three episode scripted by Robert Kirkman, who writes the “Walking Dead” comic books.
Today, AMC announces the season 4 pick-up of The Walking Dead.
AMC also jointly announces with Glen Mazzara today that for future seasons, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success.
Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.
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Dec. 22, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST
Not that GM is leaving, but that I got beat out for first!!!
Dec. 22, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST
Seriously, he was doing a pretty solid job.
Dec. 22, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST
So the network and the showrunner had differing opinions on where the show should go and the network won out?
This is going to end well.
Dec. 22, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST
Watch this turn into a fucking turd now like the Vampire Diaries or some shit. Oh, and fuck you "first" posters. It's as bad as iPhone users "Safari is snappier." You all suck fat cocks.
Dec. 22, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST
I've been first at least a 8 times this year and I have not once said anything about it. I've actually given a response to the article that I was posting on, so, agreed, firsters fucking suck tiny squirrel balls.
Dec. 22, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST
Do you just like saying asinine things to stir controversy? The characters talking about their feelings is bad? "Made To Suffer" was a bad episode? Seriously?
Dec. 22, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST
by Hardboiled Wonderland
If Nichole Beattie is staying, whom I credit for season 3's turnaround in quality, then TWD should be ok. But Kirkman is too close to his baby, he needs to step away imho.
Dec. 22, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
Can't resist mentioning this starz crash show yet again (whatever that was) and the second half of season 2 was no worse than the first half, it was consistantly poor. Anyway, AMC's continuing friction with the creatives is worrying...
Dec. 22, 2012, 5 a.m. CST
by Hardboiled Wonderland
Dec. 22, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST
by Prof. Pop-Cult
How much control, pull has he had with the show? I always assumed he was on staff under a creative consulting capacity when it comes to his executive producer title. But has he clashed with Mazzarra (and maybe before him, with Darabont) and AMC sided with him? Then there's Gale Anne Hurd, whom we hardly hear much of -- isn't it her production company that produces the series for AMC? Is it actually Hurd and Kirkman who run this series?
Dec. 22, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST
...against Mazzara. The level of venom and the completely one-sided coverage (everything that goes wrong on a show he worked on is his fault; everything good is due to another) seems like animus, not analysis. This is part of the problem with allowing anonymous columnists here: no way of knowing if the criticism is merit based or personality driven.
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST
Herc completely bases his opinion on someone's career on the thing he first knows them for. He rarely alters his opinion or owns up to a person whose work he previously liked disappointing him or a person he disliked impressing him. Sure, most of us might say that while Crash was terrible, Mazzara also had written for the excellent The Shield previous to that and that the one season of The Walking Dead he was in complete control of, Season 3, was the most confident and well-receieved. But for Herc, Glen Mazzara is completely defined by Crash and so he can't be praised for other things Herc might like.
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST
Better writers made this a better season.
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
by Nick Sheehy
I never post, let alone whine about grammar mistakes. However, I've noticed others that do, and honestly while I dont come here expecting dickens, I do expect people who write for a site like this, to be able to form sentences, if not the first time, then at least glance over your work before posting it. I mean seriously Herc---"showrunner subsequent to Darabont’s firing, IS HIMSELF LEAVING, IS HIMSELF DEPARTING “Dead.”
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST
I...I didn't know.
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST
by Nick Sheehy
HAHA very true
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Dec. 22, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
That's an excellent insight. Totally agreed.
Dec. 22, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST
Why does Herc ALWAYS bring up "Crash" when mentioning Mazzara but never his other work like "The Shield"?
Dec. 22, 2012, noon CST
There are 3 really dumb things in that season, and 2 of them came after Darabont was fired/left/whateverthefuckhappened. First is Glen going in the well. Dumb. Second was the way Dale got killed. Naff, and a poor way to write out what was once a great character. I get that DeMunn wanted to leave, but to have his death basically be a punchline was weak. Then Lori's car crash. Amazingly contrived. Single most eye-rolling moment on the show so far. The rest of the season was great. The slower pace just made the reveal of Sofia in the barn all the more heartbreaking, and with the notable exception of T-Dogg they did a good job of developing the characters. Half of the problem was there's never been an ongoing zombie TV series before, so it was like people expected it to have the pace of a movie. You can't have zombie attacks every episode, it'll get repetitive. Season 3 has still been a great leap forward though, but season 2 wasn't that bad to begin with. Nothing in s2 was as bad as the CDC episode. You know what would be fucking awesome? Get David Milch in as showrunner. Everyone'll become all poetic and eloquent and even the zombies will start monologuing.
Dec. 22, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST
First they were lowballing Breaking Bad on their budget, there's been all this personnel trouble with Walking Dead, meanwhile they're bringing shows like Small Town Security to the screen, with another bizarre taxidermy show coming next year. Why don't they just keep nurturing the three incredible shows they already have (Mad Men, BB, WD) instead of trying to buy in to the "weird profession reality show" game??
Dec. 22, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST
This "difference of opinion" can only be one thing: Mazzara did his best for two seasons with the ludicrously small budget AMC was willing to spend on TWD and then had the balls to suggest that, maybe, given that the show gets more viewers than anything else on AMC, they might want to actually spend some cash on it. Here's the thing about the farm house, and the prison and all the other places that the characters have hidden out for multiple episodes: That was NEVER Mazzara's first choice. That's what he HAD to do, because he had a budget that forced him to use existing sets X number of times per episode, and to build new sets only Y times per season (X is a pretty big number; Y is a very, very small number). IT IS AN EFFING MIRACLE the show has the ratings and the viewers it has, given that it was a zombie show being shot like an episode of "ER." That should be impossible -- how can you rationally keep a group of people in the same locations for any period of time, given that if peril shows up, any sane person would run? And yet, he pulled it off. But Mazzara knows there's only so many times you can work that magic trick -- and judging from Herc's snark, maybe it only partly worked -- so since he's achieved the impossible, he asked AMC to help him keep the show vibrant. He didn't ask for $30 million, he didn't fly his cast to Hawaii, he just wanted the money to mix it up a little -- shooting on location, or or building new sets more than once a season is expensive, but it's not going to bust the bank and everyone knows it. Basically, he was doing his job -- protecting the show and his employers' investment in the show -- and their response was to kick him out the door. (The only thing I'll say on AMC's side is that they might mistakenly believe that if you give your showrunner an inch, he'll take your balls -- that's what happened on MM and AMC has taken several financial hits for it -- but if you can't tell that a decent, collaborative guy like Glenn Mazzara is a thousand miles away from MWeiner, you need to cut back on the martinis.)
Dec. 22, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
...with comics with new plotlines popping out every once in a while. And that everyone's watching to watch people kill zombies and not thinking its as deep as Mad Men or as complex as Breaking Bad. They're wondering what they can dump and save money and still watch this show chug along. Wouldn't be surprised if after the next one or two seasons they shove another showrunner out the door of this hit, thinking "lets try someone even cheaper!"
Dec. 22, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST
by Humie Bubbie
Mazzara has been in charge of the ship since the show turned around. The last few eps of season 2 and all of season 3 have been rock solid television. You can't discount that by saying there are another one or two good writers on staff. It's the whole flow of the show that changed for the better, and that has to be about the showrunner.
Dec. 22, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST
Since no one knows what the difference of opinion is about it's hard to comment on this. I too would be interested to learn just how involved Kirkman is. I'm a fan of the comics, read them all, but much of what's going on with the comics is lather, rinse and repeat. The prison story was pretty much the highlight of the series, Kirkman hasn't been able to top that. And although I quite enjoy the tv-show, it's very much a watered down version of that story. I'm thinking that they should have focused on a different group of survivors for the tv-series, expand the Walking Dead universe in different mediums. Like the computer games are about different survivors, so should the tv-show have been about someone other than Rick.
Dec. 22, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST
AMC's reality shows aren't the problem. Those shows cost the network very little money and are usually done by other production companies. In fact, if their reality shows turn a profit they can invest more money in their dramas. The problem with AMC is that their executives get involved with creative descicions. Show runners tend to be pretty creatively invested, and when you bring in someone else to micro-manage the storytelling and how money is spent, show runners are put in an unfulfilling position. Amc and its executives are still toddlers when it comes to experience and handling their successes. They're only going to grow up when one of their shows takes a dive in the rating because of their meddling, and it hasn't happened yet. They've been lucky so far.
Dec. 22, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST
what was wrong with it?
Dec. 22, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST
Oh well. Makes me wonder who is responsible for: 1) The horrible pacing and tail chasing from the last half of Season 2 (which, while slightly more exciting than the first half of Season 2, made a shitbag less sense). 2) Sticking Michonne with the Idiot Ball. 3) The musical chairs of black male characters and their subsequent lack of actual fucking dialogue since Mazzarra joined the crew. And if this will magically go away now that Mazzarra's gone.
Dec. 22, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST
Under your theory, since Mazarra worked on that first, Herc should be a fan.
Dec. 22, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST
by puto tenax
If Ira Steven Behr were there to helm. Say what you will but there are some DS9 episodes that would make great movies.
Dec. 22, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST
If you had the creative team behind Justified working on it. Seasons two and 3 of that show were superb, through and through. The Governor is pretty good, but if he was half as intersting as Boyd Crowder...
Dec. 22, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST
True, Herc does like The Shield, but he decided that since he didn't like Crash, which Mazzara ran, Mazzara must suck. So Herc hints Walking Dead Season 3 was better because of the writing staff, not Mazzara running it... and I guess somehow Mazzara working as one of the writing staff on The Shield meant nothing. Suffice to say, I don't get it either.
Dec. 22, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST
Funny people hated the show the first 3 seasons and I used to defend it all the time. History has been a bit kinder to it, and people finally have realized what a great show it was. Dukat, Garak, Weyoun, Dumar, Sisko and Dax, Odo...great stuff... used to love watching those characters interact with each other. Despite my love for the OS and TNG, DS9 was the best Trek.
Dec. 23, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST
Mazzara was just one of many, many writers on "The Shield" working under showrunner Shawn Ryan. On the horrible first season of Starz' "Crash," Mazzara was the showrunner.
Dec. 23, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST
by Truxton Spangler
an interesting quote from one of the principals, or a semi-interesting magazine article about what really happened behind the scenes. For today, unless they bring in someone like Shonda Rhimes to run the show, it might not make much of a difference (especially if it's Kirkman or Hurd pulling the strings). AMC I don't give two shits about, as long as they don't interfere with the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad, or the remaining seasons of Mad Men. I don't think either Gillian, and certainly not Weiner, would allow that to happen.
Dec. 23, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST
That much is obviousy to anyone who's been following that post-show wank-fest The Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick (I say that with affection). Kirman is on there almost as much as Nicotero and company. He's always explaining why he chose to veer off from his own comics in this way or that. I suspect the licencing deal he snagged for the comics franchise allow him far more creative rights than most would think. I have a cousin really into the comics who claims that most within the fan-community feel that the quality of the books have declined somewhat since Kirkman has turned his focus increasingly toward the television series. I suspect if Kirkman butts heads with a show-runner, the show-runner will inevitably be the one to depart, not Kirkman. History bears this out.
Dec. 23, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST
I mean at one point I was literally cheering when the survivors fell victim to the Zombies. I was rooting for them to all be eaten.
Dec. 23, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST
If the fans hate your character...you're lunch.
Dec. 23, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
I got through almost four episodes and realized it was profoundly stupid.
Dec. 23, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST
Dec. 23, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST
LOL please tell me you're just trolling, man
Dec. 23, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST
Has been the ultimate voice in creative, but i think all three season have been solid so far. Let's hope that part two of this season is as good and Rick doesn't get his hand cut off lolz. That's another change they could make from the comics that would be welcome.
Dec. 23, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
Eventually this our group vs their group conflict is going to get boring. Kind of like the comic did after #50.
Dec. 23, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST
I have only seen season 1 once and am planning on watching it all again so maybe my view might change but I hated the CDC episode. The countdown clock, the lone guy going crazy, the talking computers, it was like watching a syfy TV movie version of a zombie show. Nothing like the gritty 5 episodes previous to that
Dec. 23, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST
by Scott Baiowulf
The face of the matter is the Glen, as showrunner, is the one who made the decision to hire them, so he deserves all the credit for this season's success. It's a shame it's come to this again. AMC definitely won't be able to pull a quality showrunner after how they've treated the previous two. I'd guess they'll promote from within and Evan Reilly gets the gig. If not, I hope they can pull someone from the Breaking Bad writer's room who's never show run before.
Dec. 23, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST
by Humie Bubbie
The comic has been veering between what it does best, the exploration of a world without rules and morality, and into much more comic booky territory. The Governor as portrayed in the comics was very comic booky, the first time that the storyline didn't feel realistic. Now as Kirkman is working on the show, he's brought in Neegan, a villain who really seems like he's out of a Mad Max spoof rather than The Walking Dead. The book has peaked, I'm just hoping they wrap Rick's story up at some point soon and don't drag the comic on forever. Let the character die with some dignity.
Dec. 23, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST
Nothing funnier than to come on this site occasionally and watch the movie nerds feel tough throwing around dirty words like "fuck" to feel like a real man and escape the reality they that are nothing but a fat loser obsessed with a fantasy world. Carry on douchebags...
Dec. 23, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST
If they followed the source material ala Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez did for Sin City...but they had to be fancy smancy and add new characters and more gay newness. Totally uneccesary, like spitting in my face. Fuck that show. I watched the first season and had no desire to watch anymore. I read the comics, and I find myself getting pissed the fuck off that I have to wait a month to find out what happens next because they're so flipping awesome and engrossing...man I wish they'd pump those comics out like Marvel is popping out those NOW titles...
Dec. 23, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST
It had boyd crowder. Hell any show would
Dec. 24, 2012, midnight CST
the supporting cast was so much stronger on ds9. They got what they deserved when the.didn't do a tng/ds9 movie. mistake.
Dec. 24, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST
by Queefer Sutherland
And you swallow the pus-stinking cum.
Dec. 24, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST
Nothing sadder than a troll who feels the need to insult others behind the safety of his computer. Sadder still, not realising that they look like an idiot while doing so because they have a username and password on the very website they're mocking others for visiting (not to mention going through the trouble of clicking a link, logging in, and WRITING a comment). Life's too short, dude.
Dec. 24, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST
by Tyrus Kitt
every once in awhile. That's what's so frustrating about it. It verges on being a competent watch--and then a character will turn into an absolute bonehead for no reason other than the writers couldn't think of anything better to do. Fire the writers.
Dec. 24, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST
They would play the theme music going until every commercial break. That music is like crack for my ears
Dec. 24, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST
I love me some Justified.
Dec. 25, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST
AMC always fiddles with their showrunners - it won't be long before they only have one decent show (TWD)
Serves them right too
Dec. 25, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST
Dec. 25, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST
Dec. 27, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST
....isn't the person who has time to sit on the set of a talk show and natter on about "what we were going for." The real showrunner is the man or woman who's in the writers' office everyday, breaking story in the room, taking phone calls from set about stuff they're shooting in half an hour and staying late to read drafts and give notes. And anyone who's ever set foot in TWD offices knows that's Mazzara. He did a thankless job about as well as it can be done and AMC was even less gracious than expected.
Dec. 28, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST
Still hoping for an AMC.mega mini series event Walking breaking mad dead Where all three series meet up. And fight zombies. And cook meth...and smoke. And drink.
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