THE WALKING DEAD Officially Renewed; Glen Mazzara Steps Down As Showrunner

THE WALKING DEAD Officially Renewed; Glen Mazzara Steps Down As Showrunner

No surprise here, but The Walking Dead has finally been officially renewed for a fourth season. However, what is a shocker is that Showrunner Glen Mazzara will step down after this season.

The Walking Dead has been picked up for a fourth season, not a shocker. What is the shocker (or not depending on how you look at AMC's track record) is that Showrunner Glenn Mazzara will step down after season three. Rumors have swirled for a while that Mazzara was unhappy running the show, and now it looks like it has finally come to a head. However, AMC and Mazzara both say that the split is amicable, with them issuing this joint statement, “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 as showrunner and executive producer. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success." Mazzara and Executive producer and creator Robert Kikman, as well as Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd all issued solo statements as well. Check them out below.

"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." – Glen Mazzara

"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." – Robert Kirkman

"I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am supportive of AMC and Glen’s decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show’s continued success." – Gale Anne Hurd

This is not the first time the show, or AMC in general, has had troubles with its showrunner. In the middle of Season two Frank Darabont abruptly left the show leaving Mazzara to fill in for him. Trouble with Mazzara allegedly started when AMC started dragging its feet with the renewal of the show following record numbers. No word yet on who will replace Mazzara, but keep checking here at CBM for the latest.

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CloserPleasures - 12/21/2012, 10:30 AM
cool baby

WaylonJones - 12/21/2012, 10:32 AM
How the hell did that extra Glen get in there?! Fixed it. :P
TheGambitFreak - 12/21/2012, 10:32 AM
Wow. Seems as if AMC is wanting to do some major things that don't coincide with the comics.
mr2324jgf - 12/21/2012, 10:34 AM
effin glen, glen mazzara and his triflin' ways.
CrimsonReign - 12/21/2012, 10:34 AM
Sounds as if Gale is running the show.
santoanderson - 12/21/2012, 10:46 AM
Translation: "AMC is a tremendous pain in the ass to produce shows for, and I'd rather kick myself in the kidneys than work for them ever again."

AMC has a reputation for being cheap. Matthew Weiner knows it. Vince Gilligan knows it. Frank Darabont knows it.
Canon108 - 12/21/2012, 10:57 AM
Maybe now they'll stick to the source material...I still don't like that they killed off Lori so early. "The graphic novels were special and let's change and ruin the payoffs of 4 years worth of source material because we can." That seems to be Glen Mazzara's philosophy...I'm glad he's gone. The whole payoff of the prison arc was Lori's death. Now they can do an unadulterated adaptation of the "Fear the Hunters," "Alexandria Safe Zone," and "Hilltop + Saviors" story arcs. Can't wait...
Jlocklin - 12/21/2012, 11:03 AM
Glen Mazzara did an amazing job. Lets just hope his successor is just as good. But for frick sake, lets actually start seeing the Andrea I know and love from the book. She's the one tv character that I find myself hating yet I have nothing but love for her comic counterpart. Otherwise, best show on television ever!
RedeyeJedi - 12/21/2012, 11:09 AM
Well, I can honestly say I didn't see that coming. This is the worst Christmas ever.
jasonicus - 12/21/2012, 11:33 AM
Good or bad for the show? I guess we'll see in Season 4.
Morbius - 12/21/2012, 11:38 AM
The second showrunner to leave I wonder if its AMC???
DioFoRio - 12/21/2012, 11:44 AM
sounds like people are butting heads and deciding to jump ship.
Supes17 - 12/21/2012, 11:53 AM
They have to wrap it up next season...
MisterNiceGuy - 12/21/2012, 12:07 PM
And here comes the spiral
SmellofDuty - 12/21/2012, 12:12 PM
Nooooo! This may not be good...
DioFoRio - 12/21/2012, 12:14 PM
well if the past is any indication...then it should get better. After whats his nuts left and Marzza took over it got way who knows.
TayDee - 12/21/2012, 12:21 PM
it's too late for Andrea to redeem herself
continuezero - 12/21/2012, 12:32 PM
Just started a Walking Dead Marathon yesterday before the season picks up again and although I hear the voices complaining about sticking to source I think this is a very well done show. My favorite show maybe of all time. I havent read the comics, I plan to after the show is done but I love the way this show is going. I just hope this change doesn't do to it what happened to Heroes where it just gets lost in itself.
MJPETTY7 - 12/21/2012, 12:54 PM
Dvantassel23 - 12/21/2012, 12:57 PM
Sounds like working under AMC is a bitch, hopefully the show continues for years to come, to mess this up for everyone amc
Dvantassel23 - 12/21/2012, 12:57 PM
continuezero - 12/21/2012, 1:18 PM
@Dvantassel23 I hope it goes on for a long time as well. I think this would be a perfect franchise for spinoff's too. Like that prequel series they talked about or just seeing what happens with other groups.
rondz123 - 12/21/2012, 1:33 PM
Thats kind of a slap in the the face, The guy comes in to pick up the pieces and this is how you thank him, good luck getting other (good)showrunner in the future if this is how you treat them
Tevii - 12/21/2012, 2:14 PM
First they get rid of Frank Darabont, now this?? Must be a crappy work environment on the creative end.

Dont be surprised if the show takes a dive
macfint - 12/21/2012, 4:33 PM
I was bummed when Darabont left but Mazzara was great. Wrote some kick as stories. Now this shit? It's like amc wants to fail. At least we got to see the prison/Michonne and the Gov done well.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 12/21/2012, 10:25 PM
Season 4 will either be amazing or horrible. Time will tale.
sameoldthing - 12/22/2012, 10:51 AM
I love the changes from comic to show..both are great & its way more interesting to watch not knowing what will exactly occur.

Read the books for one version & watch show for another..get twice the fun!

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