Tuesday, January 15, 2013

'Walking Dead' gets new showrunner

Gimple and undead, courtesy Scot Gimple
There has been much speculation as to whom the new showrunner would be on AMC's zombie series The Walking Dead. It turns out, it’s going to be recently fired Glen Mazzara’s number two man.

His name is Scott Gimple and he’s a top writer on the show. He jumped on the the zombie train during Season 2 and he’s written several episodes for not only S2 but also the upcoming third season.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Gimple will "take the helm of the series when it resumes production later this year for season four."

Regarding Mazzara’s departure, "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," AMC said in a statement early Friday announcing the show's fourth-season renewal.

"This decision is amicable, and Glen will remain on for postproduction on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer."

One thing that the AMC statement did not touch on was THR's reports that Mazzara was frequently behind on his schedule and clashed with "very proprietary" creator Robert Kirkman.

So will this third showrunner be a charm? Or, will he meet the same fate as Mazzara and first (also fired) showrunner, Frank Darabont? As long as the show keeps getting renewed and our zombie lust is sated, we’re happy!

The Walking Dead resumes its third season this Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

-Larissa Mrykalo

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