July 28, 2011

THE SKED: Limping “Dead”? UPDATED

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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UPDATE:  Glen Mazzara, who’d been Frank Darabont’s #2 on the WALKING DEAD writing staff,  has indeed been appointed to take over showrunning duties.  (Darabont’s continued presence, if any, is still being discussed.)  Mazzara has a lot of experience as a writer/producer on shows like Hawthorne, Crash and The Shield, but not as a show creator–and Walking Dead, with only 6 episodes in its first season, is still forming its creative vision.  No doubt all fingers at AMC are firmly in the “crossed” position.

The creator and showrunner of AMC’s biggest hit series THE WALKING DEAD has just stepped down from those duties, and may (or may not) be leaving the show entirely.  Frank Darabont, who’d been known before Walking Dead as a feature writer/director (most notably of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile) has stepped down–it appears very suddenly, since he took part in the show’s panel at Comic-Con just a few days ago.  The effect of this on the series is unknown at this point–Darabont’s #2, Glen Mazzara, is an experienced writer/producer, so he would be the logical choice to take over, but no one ever said TV was logical.  Meanwhile the show continues in production for the October 16 premiere of its second season.

There is without doubt some story behind this, so stay tuned…

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."