The Walking Dead renewed for fourth season without showrunner
Story by Jack Foley
ZOMBIE hit The Walking Dead has been renewed by AMC for a fourth season but without showrunner Glen Mazzara.
The announcement, which was greeted with some surprise by various US TV observers, means that Mazzara becomes the second showrunner to exit the zombie drama in as many years, following in the footsteps of Frank Darabont who left after season one.
A statement issued by AMC said: “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 [and] as showrunner and executive producer.”
Mazzara added: “My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience but after I finish season three, 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.”
As yet, a new showrunner has not been announced.
The news is a surprise given the continued success of The Walking Dead, which is a ratings juggernaut for AMC and the most watched scripted show on cable.
The third season mid-season finale attracted 6.9 million adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers overall.
And it has angered some of Mazzara’s friends, who took to Twitter to express their outrage at AMC’s decision.
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter issued a lengthy rant against AMC, which featured some strongly worded comments. The main thrust of what he said, however, was that “time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara… They [AMC] continue to disrespect writers…”
Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, meanwhile Tweeted: “Breaking my Twitter silence to comment: AMC, WTF?”