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Old December 21 2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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The Walking Dead renewed for season 4/Glen Mazzara out

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Another high-level showrunner departure for an AMC series. AMC just announced that it has renewed flagship drama The Walking Dead for a fourth season. But Glen Mazzara, who had served as showrunner following the abrupt departure of creator/original showrunner Frank Darabont early into the second season, is leaving. Speculations about Mazzara’s future on the show started when AMC didn’t follow its regular routine of giving The Walking Dead an early pickup despite the record-breaking ratings performance of the show’s recent third season. There had been rumors that Mazzara was not happy on the show and may follow the slew of other showrunners who have departed AMC series – The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, whom Mazzara succeeded, Rubicon creator/exec producer Jason Horwitch exited during production on its first and only season, and most recently Hell On Wheels showrunner John Shiban, who left after two seasons.
Good news about the renewal but what is it with AMC and their showrunners?
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Old December 21 2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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You have to wonder what one earth is going on behind the scenes. Is it a political thing between the producers and the studio execs, or are they just not paying the top people enough to keep them around?
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Old December 21 2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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What the heck is going on?

I thought Mazzara was doing a great job on season 3 as showrunner and would be sticking around for the rest of the series.
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Old December 21 2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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Paging Fred Freiberger.
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Old December 22 2012, 01:04 AM   #5
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It is odd, you would think since AMC has had a lot of success that they'd want to do what it'd take to hold on to these guys. I suppose maybe they're a bit full of themselves and not giving enough credit to their talent.
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Old December 22 2012, 01:20 AM   #6
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Yeah, it's really strange. They have the highest-rated scripted show on tv and yet they can't stop tinkering with it. Don't they think that the creators of their most successful and popular show ever might actually know what they're doing?
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Old December 22 2012, 06:16 AM   #7
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Kurt Sutter, the creator of FX's Sons of Anarchy totally blasted AMC over this. Check out his rant here. Shawn ryan also criticized AMC over this but not as colorfully as Sutter did (see the same link as above).
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Old December 22 2012, 06:42 AM   #8
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Yeah, it's really strange. They have the highest-rated scripted show on tv and yet they can't stop tinkering with it. Don't they think that the creators of their most successful and popular show ever might actually know what they're doing?

It's the highest rated TV show in the history of cable, you would think they would bend over to continue getting those ratings.
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Old December 22 2012, 07:36 AM   #9
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My worry is that the new showrunner will suck and just drive the show into the ground. That's always a risk when you bring in a new showrunner.
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Old December 22 2012, 07:36 AM   #10
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Perhaps the big honchos at AMC follow the Republican model of business--paying as little as they can get away with for labor. Glen Mazzara must not know whose ass to kiss. Some big ass exec's knickers are in a twist because Mazzara probably asked for a raise and didn't properly kiss posterior.
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Old December 22 2012, 08:05 AM   #11
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So will the showrunner be replaced every season?

The morale of the cast is going to take a hit after all this is over with especially since it already happened with Frank Darabont.
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Old December 22 2012, 08:42 AM   #12
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Whuuuuuuut? The Walking Dead is AMC's flagship drama?
And I thought it was Mad Men!

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Old December 22 2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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Glad it's returning but I hope changing the showrunner doesn't mean it'll drop in quality .
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Old December 22 2012, 01:18 PM   #14
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Whuuuuuuut? The Walking Dead is AMC's flagship drama?
And I thought it was Mad Men!

Mad Men gets the awards, Walking Dead gets the ratings.

I love 'em both.
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Old December 22 2012, 05:05 PM   #15
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Maybe they can bring Darabont back, and then when they piss him off again they can bring back Glen Mazzara.
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