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.”