I am so sick of talking about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans over at AMC. Without the help of Lionsgate, the cabler has been treading water with their zombie series “The Walking Dead,” having publicly battled writers and showrunners for three seasons now. The show has gotten better, sure, but it’s still nowhere near as good as “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad”; in fact, I think it’s beyond repair. But whatever, everyone loves it, and I support that. And even through all of these trepidations, AMC is still working their ass off to fix the problems. At least they’re trying.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is bulking up its writers’ room for season four. Curtis Gwinn and Channing Powell will join Matt Negrete on the staff of the zombie drama under new showrunner Scott Gimple. Supervising producer/writer Gwinn counts Adult Swim comedy NTSF:SD:SVU and MTV’s zombie parody Death Valley among his credits, while co-executive producer/writer Powell — like Negrete — is a White Collar alum.
The duo join a staff that also includes Gimple, who has been with the series since season two, executive producer Robert Kirkman (who created the comics on which the drama is based), Negrete, newly promoted executive producer Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Evan T. Reilly, Angela Kang and Nichole Beattie, among others.
The additions come as “Walking Dead” bulks up following the departure of Glen Mazzara, who exited the series as showrunner in December when the network renewed the series for its fourth season.