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    Excellent Extended Trailer For ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 2 Released | Geeks of Doom

    Troubling news...

    Steady Leak: Great Shows, Stingy Network | CHUD.com

    Now comes Breaking Bad (my extensive recent coverage). A juggernaut of a show that has showcased nearly perfect consistency and quality from episode one to this past Sunday’s romp. The show’s creator has said that the next season may be its last. For creative reasons, as a show about this subject has a definitely arc and to run it into the ground would scuttle so much great work. AMC has another golden goose with the show. Its ratings have grown, which is terrific. It’s a critic’s darling, which is terrific. It’s an awards magnet, which is terrific. It is “must see” television, which is terrific. It’s not The Killing, which is terrific.

    Cue news (LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter) about the show running into trouble.

    Yep, budget issues. Network pressure to trim the episode load. Stupid ****. AMC, what in the name of Dr. Giggles are you thinking? You have a massive hit in the zombie show. You have two of the best television shows EVER in your current queue with the creative team intact and energized and at least another year of guaranteed television gold ahead. You’ve pawned the overly expensive Damages off to Direct TV. You felt so good about The Killing that you renewed its mangy ass for another year.

    It’s sit back and admire the breadth of your domain time, not open up the ledger and squeeze pennies out. In reality The Killing shouldn’t be an issue here. I’m ripping it because I hate it and it deserves it. The issue should be that a network has a very diverse array of successful properties, some for material and some for their handle on the zeitgeist. That is a recipe to MAKE money, not a beacon to ruin all that progress over it.

    AMC had better get right because it’s a very vital corner of the dramatic television world and believe you me… HBO and Showtime and FX have been paying attention. They’re in this business to win it and they have the horses to pull it off. AMC is no worse a network. It’s time to step up and show it.
    The guy needs to check his math because Damages was an Fx show.

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    and more...

    BREAKING BAD May Leave AMC for Season 5

    If you’d like to save some time, the answer to the headline is, “No, probably not.” But the chance that Breaking Bad will go off-network for season five is greater than zero. Talks are ongoing between AMC and Sony Television to produce another season at the network. AMC proposed an order of six to eight episodes rather than the normal thirteen; the creative team promptly rejected that offer.

    Sources inform the LA Times Sony “sent feelers to at least three other cable networks” in a move that is likely equal parts negotiating tactic and backup plan. More after the



    AMC has previously had trouble locking down Mad Men. In the initial struggle, I attributed that mostly to creator Matthew Weiner, who was seeking an unprecedented deal for a writer/producer on a basic cable show. You could attribute the subsequent breakdown over season five negotiations to Weiner again, especially since he ended up with $30 million for three more seasons. Then word leaked about budget cuts on The Walking Dead which, unlike Breaking Bad and Mad Men, is an unqualified commercial hit for the network. Couple this news with the announcement that Frank Darabont had stepped down as Walking Dead showrunner — not to mention the fact that the Killing finale sucked — and it’s clear not all is well at the American Movie Channel. AMC is starting to develop a reputation as the Marvel of the TV world: quality product, but tough negotiators.

    To reiterate, the acclaimed drama will almost certainly stay at AMC. What intrigues me is creator Vince Gilligan’s flexibility on the scope of the series. The initial plan (purportedly) was a four season arc. Given the negotiations, that has obviously been extended to at least five seasons. As the Times notes, it’s unlikely any outside network would sign up for a one-and-done — if the show does go to another network, we may expect at least two more seasons.

    By the way, any guesses for the three networks? Breaking Bad would be a great fit for FX, though I don’t know they’d be interested. I bet Starz got a call — that would be good for exposure as they try to develop into a major player among premium cable networks. Nothing else fits quite so well, though you might as well ask HBO if you’re sending out resumes.
    The powers that be @ AMC need to be given their walking papers...

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    AMC President Charlie Collier on The Walking Dead Season 2 Budget | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    Speculation has been swirling as to why Frank Darabont stepped down as showrunner of AMC's "The Walking Dead": Was it creative differences? The budget the network was offering? Well, AMC President Charlie Collier spoke with Deadline today and did a bit of dancing around the issue. Read on for the details and tell us what you think he's saying.

    Q: Did you cut the budget on "The Walking Dead" in Season 2?

    Collier: If you look at pilot budgets vs. pattern budgets, usually the pilot budget is much higher than what ends up being the pattern budget. With "The Walking Dead", instead of doing a pilot, we went straight to 6 episodes because we believed in the team and the talent in front and behind the camera. Then we came back with a 13-episode second season, and amortization over 13 episodes is very different than over 6. But we settled into one of the highest pattern budgets for a basic cable series.

    Q: So the overall budget for Season 2 is lower than Season 1 because of the amortization factor?

    Collier: We went straight to series with the first season serving in many ways as a pilot, and then we have settled into a 13-episode pattern budget.

    See what we mean? Dancing.
    Wow, is anyone else reminded of Martin Short on the 6o minutes Saturday Night Live sketch, smoking and sweating and twitching????

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    The ugly truth comes out about Darabont & The Walking Dead | CHUD.com

    Holy crap. Check out this article in the Hollywood Reporter. It details the savage firing of Frank Darabont from the successful show he shepherded into production last year, AMC’s The Walking Dead. To summarize, he was fired for trying to fix an episode the network had deemed unfixable. Obviously, they waited to can him until after he had promoted the show at Comic Con. Ruthless. Also, the cast is terrified to say anything to the press for fear of getting sacked (it’s a zombie show, they are all expendable) and Darabont isn’t talking until his final settlement is negotiated.

    Darabont isn’t known for keeping mum about things that piss him off, so expect the fine details to emerge eventually. What this means for the show is anyone’s guess, and I know a lot of people had problems with the first season, but I kind of doubt Darabont’s leadership was one of them. I can’t imagine a terrified cast (although it is a horror show) and a messy showrunner changeover like this will help, but who knows. I’m sure lots of crazy **** has gone down on shows before that didn’t interfere with the quality of the episodes. But still, this is a nasty bit of business, that’s for sure.

    I’m going to go on record and say regardless of how it affects the show, this sucks. Boo AMC.

    Wow.

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    Wowza, Darabont Fired from Walking Dead? - ShockTillYouDrop.com

    Everyone was a bit taken aback when news broke Frank Darabont departed The Walking Dead.

    Some speculated he had a feature film coming up and he need to make time for that, but THR did some digging. According to the trade paper, Darabont was fired. The cast and crew were separately informed and, says THR, they're afraid to speak about the situation because AMC is being rather aggressive about keeping the firing under wraps.

    THR says Darabont was fired after trying to salvage an episode in which the footage - from another director - was deemed unusable. More from THR's article: "What remains a central mystery, even to those closely involved, is what triggered AMC's move to fire Darabont. As noted, AMC's decision to cut the budget dated to the previous fall, when the network instructed Darabont to produce 13 episodes for a second season, up from six for the first season, for less money. Not only would the show get a lower budget, but AMC also decided that Walking Dead would no longer reap the benefit of a 30 percent tax credit per episode that came with filming in Georgia. Now the network was going to hold on to that money."

    Is the show facing a financial crisis? Did AMC bite off more than it could chew? It's an interesting read, folks

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    'The Walking Dead': What Really Happened to Fired Showrunner Frank Darabont - The Hollywood Reporter

    The original article. Man oh man...AMC is blowing things across the board.

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    What the ****?

    WHY???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    What the ****?

    WHY???????
    Because AMC is clearly in over their heads. They are compounding this by making 'my way or the highway' type decisions. Too much success too soon...they need to take a page from Langraffs book over at Fx. That guy knows how to run a network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Because AMC is clearly in over their heads. They are compounding this by making 'my way or the highway' type decisions. Too much success too soon...they need to take a page from Langraffs book over at Fx. That guy knows how to run a network.
    Well, if that's the case then, I hate to say it, but **** them.
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    Totally agree with you JD and Adgy. Screw AMC. This ticks me off to no end. I knew there was more to this whole Darabont thing. There is no way that guy, with the raw love and enthusiasm he showed for the core material, was going to quit without a big deal. He obviously is waiting to get his final settlement before saying anything. I predict this won't end well for AMC. I hope they don't screw TWD up but I bet they will.

    You are dead right JD. AMC is in WAY OVER THEIR HEADS! This is very interesting with all these others (Netflix, etal.) trying to get their own programming going.

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