AMC has officially confirmed that Walking Dead writer Scott M. Gimple will be picking up the baton left by Glen Mazzara and taking over the writers’ room as showrunner of the cable net’s highly-rated zombie drama. AMC also announced that Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse were being promoted to executive producers.
“Scott’s voice has been an integral one since he joined the show. Greg Nicotero is a true artist whose work is simply brilliant. And, Tom Luse has really created the machine that allows this very large show to get made week to week. We congratulate all three in their new roles on the series and look forward to ramping up production on season four,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content.
Mazzara previous discussed Gimple’s importance to the series.”He and Evan Reilly were my No. 2 writers, breaking story while I was working on other material,” Mazzara said. “Scott was very helpful with schedules and delivering material.”
Gimple steps into the role of Walking Dead showrunner at the best of times and the worst of times. The show is enjoying unprecedented heights critically, commercially and creatively. But at the same time, Gimple will be the series’ third showrunner in four seasons, and there’s really been no compelling answer as to why AMC can’t hold on to anybody in the big chair for very long, including the man who brought the series to AMC in the first place, director Frank Darabont.
“I’m thrilled to continue the tradition of the spectacular, cinematic, horrifying, exciting and emotional storytelling of ‘The Walking Dead,’” said Gimple. “I’m a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer. Over the past two years, it’s been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with – I can’t wait to make some more.”
“Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He’s contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and story lines fans have dubbed signature moments of ‘The Walking Dead,’” added Robert Kirkman, creator of the original comic book series. “I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of ‘The Walking Dead’ with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.”
Season four of The Walking Dead is set to go into production this May for an October premiere date. The series is currently airing the second half of its third season Sundays on AMC.
Source: The Wrap