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Kirkman likely has huge contract that he is not willing to break. This is his first huge payday after years of writing the comic. Plus, I am sure that he wants to keep creative control of his work.

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That's true. I mostly meant I'm surprised AMC hasn't found a way. They seem to run people off as quickly as possible, aside from Weiner.

I do wonder what this will mean for the show. I think it's nice how some of the characters like Carol and Maggie were allowed to develop. I hope that won't change.

I think Mazarra was the one who wanted Judith to be alive so I wonder what will happen there.

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I have to assume this is about the budget again. AMC doesn't know how to run a cable hit or being a TV network. This is amateur hour. They don't have the budget or their experience amongst their executives to handle dealing with shows of this scope.

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Now the show will have gone through 3 showrunners in 4 seasons? Geez, get it together, AMC! You can only tinker the show so many times before it falls apart.

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I have been reading that The Walking Dead is the first show that AMC has completely owned which explains why is it slapping the show runners around. On the surface, it looks like that the show has not suffered, but these cheapskate moves will likely shave a year or two off the show future. I don't know how true, but on a couple entertainment sites, so-called "insiders" are saying that AMC has been unable to attract high quality experienced producers to its shows in general. I mean, who with talent and experience would be willing to be treated like dirt after seeing what happened with Darabont and Mazzara?

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Kurt Sutter, executive producer, Sons of Anarchy, cusses the hell out of AMC for firing Mazzara. Shawn Ryan also had words for AMC. The three of them worked together on The Shield.

"AMC is run by small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of its creative personnel. Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, sh*t on their audience and bury their network. Mazzara took the work-in-progress that was 'Walking Dead' and turned it into a viable TV show with a future. Without him, that future is dim. Showrunners are not development executives, we're not cookiecutter d***hebags that you plug into a preexisting model. TWD will suffer. Even Zombies need consistency. 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' will be gone soon. So will AMC. I hope their f**king stock takes a dive and the shareholders line up Sapan, Dolan and Collier and sh*t in their open hands. C**ts."

http://blog.zap2it.c...lking-dead.html

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I'm afraid of what will happen to my show without Mazzara. Not familiar with his other work, but I absolutely love where he's taken TWD! I see inferior show runners lining up for the job and AMC counting their revenue while thinking that only blood and guts is what put this show on the map. They figure that's easy and anyone can do it. Idiots!

Be afraid. Be very afraid!

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I seriously cannot believe that it has come to this. I thought corporations were greedy, but also wanted to be successful. AMC is a sheap small mind mob outfit, bullying and firing showrunners and bullying the cast into silence all the while running around getting into legal disputes with cable providers.

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There was some stuff at TWOP which talked about whether AMC might make the zombies CGI now (this was just speculation). I hope that won't happen. Some comments also mentioned how Mazzarra kept Darabont's promise to make the show seem like a 70s zombie film. I think that's one of the reasons the show is a hit - Dawn of the Dead is a timeless film, and even if this isn't Dawn of the Dead, I think people crave that type of product.

Maureen Ryan talked a little about all of this too.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/the-walking-dead-showrunn_b_2347575.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

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I have tried to stay away from TWD spoilers, but I have been feeling desperate and at loose ends so I went snoping. There is a spoiler that

Lennie James is returning as Morgan for one episode. Morgan will be seen "from a distance" and will not be with the group although there is continued talk about him joining the show next season or in season 5. However, Lennie James is getting his own series with Mark Strong on AMC, "Low Winter Sun."

Also, turns out that the TWD marathon on New Year's Eve and Day is only season 3.

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That's interesting. I liked him. I liked his son too, although they don't mention the son in that.

I wish they'd bring Morales and his family back.

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Argh, my post disappeared. Anyway, I was disappointed to find out that TWD's New Year's Eve and Day marathon is only season 3. I should recorded the previous marathons of season 1 and 2, maybe they will have them before season 4.


Feb 10th is sooo far away and I am still suffering withdrawal symptoms. On a positive note, Justified premieres on Jan 8th. It should hold me until TWD returns.

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Cancelled my cable yesterday and will only watch TWD with my friends who download. I have been paying too much for this channel with only one show worth watching. The recent decisions I hope don't serve it badly but have left me with very little hope for the shows future. Good luck TWD, you need it with boring old Mad Men at the helm!

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