Of all the TV shows with troubled productions of late, The Walking Dead in particular seems to have a vendetta against it’s showrunners. And while I’m normally loathe to comment too much on what is essentially Chinese Whispers from insiders in trench coats dropping gossip off in parking lots, TWD is one of my favorite shows, so I thought I’d pitch in on what The Hollywood Reporter had to say on Glen Mazzara getting canned, which was this:
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 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.
To date, Kirkman has responded to the criticism only with a restrained tweet: “@sutterink is brilliant and Sons is my favorite show on TV. Still, it’s upsetting to see him ranting about things he knows nothing about.” AMC declined comment.
If this pans out to be truth not rumor it wouldn’t be a huge surprise as Kirkman is a savvy man, and doesn’t seem to be shy about knocking peoples noses out of joint (See his legal battle with TWD artist Tony Moore for details), particularly concerning his own creations. TWD is his baby, so if the Showrunner AMC get in isn’t covering Kirkman’s vision in a manner that he can appreciate, it only fits that he’d want rid of said showrunner. Which is a pity, as after the slow but ponderous labors of Frank Darabont, Mazzara was the best yet.Tags: amc, glen mazzara, robert kirkman, the walking dead