AMC’s hit television series, “The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fourth season. However, it will be continuing without it’s showrunner and executive producer, Glen Mazzaza. The unexpected decision comes after series-high ratings and beating all other broadcast network shows in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
In a statement released by AMC they write:
“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 producer.”
It should be noted that filming on season three already has concluded and that the second half of episodes are scheduled to air in February. With the departure of Mazzara, AMC has received backlash from other creators, including “Sons of Anarchy” creator, Kurt Sutter. He even goes as far as to call AMC, “small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of it’s creative personnel.”
Upon learning he would not return for the fourth season, Mazzara released a statement saying:
“My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but 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.”
Mazzara started on “The Walking Dead” as a freelance writer during season one and was asked by the former showrunner, Frank Darabont, to return as an executive producer at the beginning of season two. Mazzara was promoted after his predecessor was fired by AMC after refusing to accept budget cuts to the series. Mazzara has been praised by fans and critics for turning around the pacing of the show. He has also been known for taking big risks by following the spirit of the comic book and killing off major characters mid-season.
When Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” was questioned about the creative direction of the TV show, he had this to say:
“I am in full support of both AMC and Glen Mazzara in the decision they have come to and believe the parties came to this decision in the best interest of the future of the show. 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. 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.”
With a second half of the third season still to air and now a fourth season in the works, the popular horror series has no signs of slowing down.
The third season of “The Walking Dead” will return February 10, 2013 on AMC.