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AMC renews 'Dead,' parts ways with showrunner

Executive producer Glen Mazzara to leave zombie drama after Season 3

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Dec 21, 2012 1:02PM

'The Walking Dead' '/' AMC


"The Walking Dead" will be back for a fourth season. That's the good news. The bad news is Glen Mazzara won't be running the show anymore.


AMC released a statement Friday -- on Mayan Apocalypse day, no less -- announcing the show's pickup and the departure of Mazzara, the hit zombie drama's current executive producer and showrunner.


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"Glen guided the series creatively for Seasons 2 and 3," AMC said in a statement. "(We're) grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success."


But in the end, apparently, AMC had one vision of the future for "The Walking Dead" and Mazzara had another. The network went on to say: "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."


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'Glen Mazzara' '/' AMC


Mazzara was equally diplomatic and said he had an "amazing experience" but, he continued, "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."


Soon after AMC released the statement about its No. 1 rated show, Robert Kirkman, the man who came up with "The Walking Dead" comic-book series, sent out a statement of his own. Kirkman is also one of the series' executive producers.


"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," Kirkman said. "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."


This is the second changing of the guard for "The Walking Dead," a basic-cable hit that keeps gaining momentum -- the show now pulls in 15.2 million viewers. Just a few episodes into Season 2, AMC fired the drama's first showrunner and EP, Frank Darabont, due to creative differences.


No word yet on who will replace Mazzara.


"The Walking Dead" returns for part two of Season 3 Sunday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. 

Dec 22, 2012 3:53PM
robert kirkman created the walking dead, but the show is owned by amc and can do mostly whatever they want with it, even if it means parting way with writers, executive producers, etc. i for one love the show and don't see anything wrong with the show's progression. i think the reason some people have become disheartened with it, is, the show has become a bit more drama and a little less about the gore, which has become a necessitarian story element only, possibly because of past complaints from the darned people from the ptc(parents television council, aka the tv pmrc). 
Dec 22, 2012 7:38AM
This show peaked in season one. It sucks now, I'd rather read a book than watch another episode. I can honestly say I was hoping it would just get cancelled.
Dec 21, 2012 9:01PM
I don't know...I feels as though The Walking Dead is about to hit its peak and start its decline. When you have a hit show like the The Walking Dead straight out the gate...all of a sudden everyone starts thinking and wanting to change the formula and although it is good to change is not good to change drastically. If it ain't broke why fix it...I can't say who is right or wrong in this situation but with these constant changes in the staff the show's success is bound to end up in the hands of someone who will make the wrong choice for the show and ruin it for the fans...and losing ratings. I think the thing to do since the the ultimate goal is to keep the fans happy should have been asking the fans who support the show which direction they wanted to see the show to go in by putting their perspectives up anonymously and letting the fans vote and to keep the results a secret until the new season premiered. Therefore if sh!t went south then it would have been on the fans...but I think the fans would be more forgiving and loyal to the show since it was their choice. I hope they choose wisely because I would hate to see the show come to an end...I love that show and am presently having withdrawal waiting for them to hit me with a fix February 9...LOL!!!
Dec 21, 2012 7:47PM
Mazzara did an amazing job! Sucks to see him go. I absolutely LOVE this show and hope the next person does just as well to keep things going. I can't wait to see what goes down with the Dixon bros. hopefully they'll escape togeather. Go team prison!
Dec 21, 2012 5:23PM
Maybe  Steven king will lend his talents or Joss whedon.
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