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Given the huge ratings for AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD in the
recently concluded first part of its third season, it’s no surprise that the
cabler has just renewed it for a fourth—but what’s startling is that the series
will proceed without one of its prime movers.
that executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara will not be rejoining THE
WALKING DEAD when it comes back for its fourth round. Mazzara took over for
Frank Darabont after the latter’s controversial exit from the series he created
(based on Robert Kirkman’s comics). In a joint statement, AMC and Mazzara say, “The
two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series
creatively for seasons two and three. 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 postproduction on season 3B as showrunner and executive
Gale Anne Hurd, another of WALKING DEAD’s exec producers,
says in her own statement, “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.”
It’s strange that a show as successful as THE WALKING DEAD
can’t seem to hang onto the people who make it great; we’ll see how this latest
departure affects the show in its fourth season. The second part of the third
premieres Sunday, February 10.
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