The Walking Dead Gets A New Showrunner

By Kelly West 2011-07-27 16:27:28 discussion comments
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News broke yesterday that Frank Darabont was stepping down as showrunner for AMCís hit series The Walking Dead. This latest update on who is set to step up to fill Darabontís shoes is far less surprising than the news that Darabont was bowing out to begin with.

Deadline reported today that sources close to the series say Glen Mazzara will take over as showrunner for The Walking Dead. This comes in the wake of the surprising news that Darabont was stepping down. At this point, itís unknown (to the public, anyway) whether or not Darabont is walking away from the series completely, perhaps to work on some other project, or if heíll continue to work on The Walking Dead in some capacity.

Itís also unclear exactly why Darabont stepped down to begin with, but Iím really hoping itís because he has something else in the works, and not due to creative or budget issues with the show (or problems between the series and AMC). Iím starting to get used to waiting a long time for AMC series to come back. Breaking Badís fourth season was delayed. Mad Menís fifth season has been delayed until 2012. I really hope this shift in leadership doesnít push off the return of TWD. Good shows are worth the wait, but waiting more than a year is no fun.

Mazzara seemed like a likely candidate to step up as showrunner for TWD, as he was initially hired on to serve as Darabontís ďNumber 2Ē on the writing staff. Mazzara knows a little something about adaptations, having created the Starz drama Crash, which was a spin-off from the Oscar winning film of the same name. Mazarraís small-screen writing credits include Hawthorne, The Shield and an episode of Life.
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