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‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara Steps Down

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We have two developments from the land of The Walking Dead – one expected and the other a bombshell. AMC has renewed the wildly popular drama set during the zombie apocalypse.

Showrunner Glen Mazzara however, won’t be back. In a joint statement, both Mazzara and AMC cited a difference of opinion about the direction the show should take.  Um – record ratings, AMC? Maybe the current direction’s working really well? Mazzara will stay on to help on with postproduction for the second half of Season 3, which hits the air Feb. 10.

This is a familiar scenario even though The Walking Dead’s only three seasons old. Its first showrunner and creator of the TV adaptation Frank Darabont left during the second season. These problems aren’t isolated to The Walking Dead. Hell on Wheels showrunner John Shiban left after two seasons. Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan and Mad Men’s Matt Weiner had some tense negotiations before signing back on.

Nobody should feel safe when the zombies come, be they survivor or showrunner.

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