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The Reason Why "The Walking Dead" Sh*tcanned Its Showrunner, And Why "Arrested Development" Won't Be the Reunion We Expected

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 9, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 9, 2013 |

Despite the fact that “The Walking Dead” had a major creative resurgence once Glen Mazzara took over showrunner duties from Frank Darabont (the show also saw a surge in ratings), AMC sh*tcanned their showrunner last month, which ultimately upset a lot of folks in the showrunner community, specifically “The Shield’s” Shawn Ryan and “Sons of Anarchy’s” Kurt Sutter — both of whom worked with Mazarra on “The Shield” — who took a number of potshots at AMC on Twitter for their handling of the situation.

If it’s as “insider sources” are reporting, however, it may not have been entirely AMC’s fault. Blame can also be placed on Kirkman and even Mazarra, who apparently didn’t have his sh*t together for the upcoming second half of season three.

Several insiders confirm that Kirkman, whose detailed graphic novels form the basis of the series, is “very proprietary,” as one puts it. One adds, “I believe Robert wants to maintain a certain amount of his control, and AMC needs Robert for the fan base.” But despite the vitriol, some sources involved with Walking Dead say Kirkman was one of several producers on the show who had issues with Mazzara and his vision.

One source says Mazzara’s shortcomings in running the series during the most recent third season became “abundantly clear … especially for the second half of the season.” This source says production was shut down “several times” because of a lack of material. (via)

I haven’t read Kirkman’s novels, but I’m personally a fan of Mazarra’s vision, if the last 12 episodes are any indication. However, we haven’t seen the second half of the third season yet, so we don’t know if the train truly did jump the tracks or if this is just “insiders” protecting both Kirkman and AMC by taking a crap on Mazarra. I miss the old days when we were content enough to see zombies on the small screen on a weekly basis.


In other news relevant to your interests, we are learning that “Arrested Development” is not exactly a full reunion of the cast, as each episode will focus on only one character. Of the 14 episodes, only Jason Bateman will appear in all of them, although others may appear in the periphery of episodes. We won’t see the entire cast together until the final episode, which will lead to a more extended full cast reunion in the Arrested Development movie, if that happens. Basically, the series will catch us up on individual characters, and what they did after fleeing the law at the end of the third season.

“The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show,” Hurwitz said. “They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they’re left to their own devices, and they’re not the most successful devices.”He said the season was designed as a “first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie,” though he cautioned that such a project may never actually happen. (via)

Wait? What’s that? THE MOVIE MAY NEVER HAPPEN? Damnit. So at the end of season four, we can all return to bitching for the next six years until it actually does happen. Cool. Something to look forward to.

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