Season One of AMC’s The Walking Dead was a honest to goodness smash hit, filled with it’s blend of drama and gore for the masses. It perfectly captured the endearing spirit of humans in a post-apocalyptic world. It was a critical success and scored some of the highest rating the station has ever seen. So, naturally it only makes sense to financially restrain the creatives for season 2. Wha?. Yep, in a stunning display of backwards thinking, AMC is said to be significantly cutting the budget for it’s successful zombie comic based show.
This info comes directly from Director Frank Darabont, who took part in THR‘s roundtable of Emmy-nominated showrunners.
Frank Darabont says,
Creatively I have no complaints thus far… But I believe if they do move ahead with what they’re talking about, it will affect the show creatively … in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?
Make a profitable show make do with less? That is DUMB. It’s completely indefensible. Walking Dead and Madmen are the two shows that define this network. Yea, I understand they want to save money and spread it around in other areas of interest, but keeping your prize winners well fed financially ensures further exposure of the network overall. AMC really is shooting itself in the foot by doing this nickle and dimming.
Will this be set it stone? Maybe. Maybe not. Based off the round table discussion -which you can watch below- Darabont says that some real negotiations are taking place.
here’s the full video, from THR: