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    THE WALKING DEAD Renewed for Season 4; Showrunner Glen Mazzara Exits the Series | Collider

    AMC is getting really good at dicking around the showrunners of their most popular and creatively beloved shows. The network’s frequent headbutting with Mad Men creator/showrunner Matthew Weiner is no secret, and they edged out The Walking Dead creator/showrunner Frank Darabont halfway through the hit zombie series’ second season. Now, in a shocking move on the heels of a season four renewal, current The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has announced that he’s leaving the show over a “difference of opinion” with the network.
    Here’s the full announcement from AMC and Mazzara:

    Today, AMC announces the season 4 pick-up of The Walking Dead.

    AMC also 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.

    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.

    Frankly, this is surprising news. Since Mazzara took over the reins of the show from Darabont, the series has seen a crazy increase in viewership and critical acclaim. Not only is it breaking ratings for cable television, it’s regularly beating everything on network TV as well. Season three is generally considered the best installment of the show thus far, and a large part of that is thanks to Mazzara’s involvement as showrunner alongside comics creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman.

    I don’t know what, specifically, Mazzara and AMC disagreed on, but this is getting ridiculous. The official statement makes clear that Mazzara isn’t moving on out of a disinterest with the show, but over a difference of opinion with the network. What’s next, AMC tells Vince Gilligan to turn Breaking Bad into a buddy comedy in order to extend the series’ run past the upcoming final season?

    There’s no word on who will be stepping in to replace Mazzara as showrunner, but I feel like Kirkman is the guy for the job. He’s been with the series from the beginning and has acted as both an executive producer and writer on the show, so The Walking Dead would most assuredly be in good hands if he stepped in. Seriously, though, AMC has got to stop messing with their successes.

    Here are individual statements from Mazzara, Kirkman, and producer Gale Anne Hurd:

    My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season 3, it’s time to move on. I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey. – Glen Mazzara

    I am in full support of both AMC and Glen Mazzara in the decision they have come to and believe the parties came to this decision in the best interest of the future of the show. I thank Glen for his hard work and appreciate his many contributions to The Walking Dead and look forward to working with him as we complete post production on Season 3. I am also excited to begin work on another spectacular season of this show that I know means so much to so many people. This show has always been the result of a wide range of extremely talented men and women working tirelessly to produce their best work collectively. I believe the future is bright for The Walking Dead. Thank you to the fans for your continued support. – Robert Kirkman

    I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am supportive of AMC and Glen’s decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show’s continued success. – Gale Anne Hurd

    WHAT THE HELL MAN????????
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    What. The. ****?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Stinks of ego. Not a good sign.
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    I gotta wonder...is it Kirkman? AMC's brass has proven themselves to be more prideful than smart in the past...but that seems too easy. I dunno man. Someone keeps trying to pull defeat outta the jaws of victory over there. Then again, the creators and showrunner on Hell on Wheels all jumped ship too...seemingly after the show was renewed. Just a shame because Mazzara was clearly doing a very good job judging by the first half of his first real season not trying to clean up the mess from Darabon't heave ho. Puzzling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    I gotta wonder...is it Kirkman? AMC's brass has proven themselves to be more prideful than smart in the past...but that seems too easy. I dunno man. Someone keeps trying to pull defeat outta the jaws of victory over there. Then again, the creators and showrunner on Hell on Wheels all jumped ship too...seemingly after the show was renewed. Just a shame because Mazzara was clearly doing a very good job judging by the first half of his first real season not trying to clean up the mess from Darabon't heave ho. Puzzling.
    I hate to say it but the law of averages will catch them sooner or later. They can't continue test fate like this. The show improved under Mezzera I thought but I still wonder how good it could've been under Darabont ...

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    Ugh!! I hope season 4 doesn't suck as much as I think it will.
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    Kurt Sutter, Shawn Ryan Blast AMC Over 'Walking Dead' Showrunner Exit - Hollywood Reporter

    Everyone could use a friend like Kurt Sutter. This is so egregious though that the mild mannered Shawn Ryan weighed in too. They were soooooo lucky surviving Darabont and that whole mess. And yeah, maybe it's the strength of the material, but Mazzara was EXCELLING in his first real season. Why do you chance it???? Especially when he was being groomed to replace Darabont in the first place, due to his prickly nature. Why have a showrunner if you want TO RUN THE SHOW?????
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    You have got to love Sutter and his comments for other creative voices. He cuts right to the quick - love his comments here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roenick View Post
    You have got to love Sutter and his comments for other creative voices. He cuts right to the quick - love his comments here.
    Sad, but true.

    The people who run AMC and DC Comics sound like they should be friends.
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    Does anyone know what happened to The Walking Dead marathon that AMC was supposed to show yesterday and today? I thought they were going to show it all from the beginning and all they showed were this season's epi's! My daughter wanted to start watching. Frackin'AMC!
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