Earlier today, AMC shocked the TV world by announcing the departure of “The Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara over “differences of opinion” while renewing the series for a fourth season.
While Mazzara’s departure was seemingly more amicable than Frank Darabont’s removal from “The Walking Dead,” it didn’t stop “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter from taking to Twitter and unloading on AMC (compiled via The Hollywood Reporter).
Sutter wrote that "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, s*** 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,” continued Sutter. “We're not cookie-cutter douchebags 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***ing stock takes a dive and the shareholders line up (AMC president and CEO Josh) Sapan, (AMC parent Cablevision founder Charles) Dolan and (AMC president and GM Charlie) Collier and s*** in their open hands. C****."
By comparison, “The Shield” and “Last Resort” creator, Shawn Ryan had a more reserved message for AMC while voicing his support for Mazzara on Twitter.
"Breaking my Twitter silence to comment: AMC, WTF?" wrote Ryan. "Common knowledge that AMC cut Breaking Bad shorter than it should have been. Now you have creative differences w/ biggest hit's savior? With FX, Showtime, HBO, Starz, Cinemax, A&E, TNT and others to sell to, it's a real question now why good show runners should sell to AMC?"
Ryan’s point is very valid. Having nearly doubled the audience for “The Walking Dead,” Mazzara should be able to easily find a new gig on another network either within an existing show or a new series of his own creation. In short, Mazzara won’t be out of work for long.
The bigger question now is who will step up and become the new “Walking Dead” showrunner for season four. With the first two showrunners now out of the series, it’s unclear if AMC has a successor in mind.
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