The Walking Dead and Mad Men are AMC’s biggest successes. These two shows have some very distinct differences, one spills blood while the other pours whisky. Now, Mad Men‘s Don Draper isn’t normally known to be a zombie killer, but he very well be the reason the Walking Dead’s head zombie left.
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the new $10 million-per-season contact AMC has signed with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner may be the true reason Frank Darabont left the Robert Kirkman created series, The Walking Dead. $10 million dollars for a season of dirty business deals and asshole lead characters, where’s the true justice in that? In doing such a deal AMC was naturally forced to make cuts to other shows, such as $250,000 per episode from the second season of The Walking Dead.
The president of AMC, Charlie Collier, refused to discuss specifics about the connection between the two shows, he denied that Mad Men‘s increase in cost had any effect on other shows:
“We’re investing more than we ever have before. The fact that future seasons of ‘Mad Men’ were going to be expensive is not a surprise to us. We’ve taken some of the most expensive, riskiest shows around and nurtured them and managed to grow our network.”
Fucking bullshit. Each of the six original season one episodes cost $2 million to $2.5 million to make and they never really changed locations for filming. While it may not seem like much to us that quarter of a million dollar cut is like a shot in the head for Frank.
Sadly with AMC owning the Walking Dead there’s really nothing anyone can do about it. Is there?
What do you think? Does this favoritism among shows really seem fair or is it just AMC pumping cash into their cash cow?