[TV] “The Walking Dead” Renewed For Fourth Season As Problems Persist…

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In the most perplexing of breaking stories, AMC has announced the renewal of The Walking Dead for a fourth season but has tied it to the news that Glen Mazzara is stepping down as showrunner. That’s two down in three seasons…

AMC 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,” explains the release.

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.

I’ve never seen a show that’s so incredibly successful, and so popular, yet has such obvious behind-the-scenes drama. You could almost go as far as to say the problems in making the hit series is more interesting than the show itself…

In May and June of 2011 we reported tension between showrunner Frank Darabont and AMC. This transpired to Darabont stepping down in July. By that same night AMC announced that Mazzara would run the series. We celebrated.

Since then, the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Image Comic series has thrived, but it’s been more about putting bandages on the problems than progressing the series. Some good fixes include the criss-crossing between the Rick Grimes camp and The Governor’s military operation, which has made the first half of season 3 move at a much quicker pace. And as I’ve stated multiple times, killing off annoying characters and finally giving Carl some balls has catapulted the drama to a new level. Still, as good as Season 3 has been, it should be even better. This is AMC, the cabler responsible for “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” – I expect award-winning television!

In the ongoing new season which has taken break until February, “Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

 
  • JonathanBarkan

    Whoa….

  • laymness

    AMC do not like their show runners do they? Gilligan and Weiner seem to be the only ones in the clear of their wrath. It’s a shame because they’ve really stepped it up this season.

  • djblack1313

    what the fuck!!??!! AMC seems determined to keep fucking with their most successful show. i was a staunch supporter of Darabont’s but Mazarra’s season 3 has been excellent. AMC sucks (and the reported rumors(?) that Netflix & AMC are bringing back THE KILLING for a 3rd season BETTER be true! i loved that show).

    • djblack1313

      one correction in your article, Mr.D, you say “we celebrated” when Darabont left. um, no. we didn’t celebrate. Darabont was awesome. you want to blame anyone for a meandering 2nd season? blame AMC.

      • divisionbell

        I definitely celebrated the leaving of Darabont. I’m disappointed Mazarra is leaving. The show has finally been good since he took over.

        • djblack1313

          divisionbell, GOD DAMN YOU!!!!!! (just kidding! LOL). :)

      • KnightOfTears

        The way it is written makes it seem like they celebrated the Darabont leaving. In fact, if you read it again, it basically doesn’t give an emotion on Darabont leaving because Mazzara took over the same day. So the celebration was for the show being saved, not because Darabont left. With that said, I think they both have done a great job. I hate to see Mazzara go, and more interested on who will grab the reigns now.

    • Jhanse3 (Jhanse29)

      Last I read The Killing season 3 is a go. They’ve locked in writers and the two main cops. It’s official no one else from season 1 and 2 will be back in full time. Even Mayor Richmond won’t be back. And it also sounds like Netflix is no longer involved. Just AMC. Also, I’m pissed about Mazzara being booted from TWD. Season yhree is the strongest of the series so far…

  • Canucklehead

    Hard to understand the debate here. AMC wants it more like the books? Less like the books? Make a totally different show out of it? Maybe add loveable talking animals?

  • Infect

    Interesting. Guess we’ll see if this will be a good or bad thing come next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjshearer Matt Shearer

    As long as Kirkman is still around, I have all the faith in the world in this show.

  • Cichy

    Since it’s such a popular TV show I’m assuming AMC wants it to be less like books and wants to retain most of the cast. I would not be surprised if there were arguments over who to kill off. Season 3 been very good because of steady stream of shocking moments. It’s gonna be hard to keep that up if AMC will want to stretch out the show for who knows how many more seasons.