Writers rally around ousted 'Walking Dead' showrunner
There’s nothing better than a loyal friend (or two) to help fight your battles. On Friday, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and Last Resort creator Shawn Ryan turned to Twitter to show their disdain for AMC and the sudden exit of their pal Glen Mazzara as showrunner of The Walking Dead.
Sutter, who has a tendency to let his strong feelings known via social media, took the first shot, calling AMC suits “small-minded” and ‘bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of its creative personnel.” (Sutter, like Ryan, worked with Mazzara on The Shield.) “Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, shi– on their audience and bury their network.”
Ryan followed suit by saying, “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?” He also said, “Common knowledge that AMC cut Breaking Bad shorter than it should have been. Now you have creative differences w/ biggest hit’s savior?”
Mazzara was the second showrunner to lord over the successful drama, which just received a fourth season pickup. He replaced Frank Darabont, who left last year. The move came after Dead’s best season yet: The show hit series-high ratings this fall, beating all the broadcast network shows in the key adults 18-49 demo.
AMC's zombie thriller, based on the classic comic book serial created by Robert Kirkman.