The El Capitan Theater hosted the World Premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy last night in Hollywood, California. I guess the phrase “star-studded” could be thrown in here for cliche’ purposes, but we’re just digging on what one dude had to say. Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight was jacked up on the Red Carpet by Marvel Entertainment’s online reporter and immediately told her that he can reveal “absolutely nothing.” Then he goes on to spill just about everything he knows. From the back-in-the-day feel of the show to tidbits about Wilson Fisk’s personality, DeKnight lays it on her real groovy. Can you dig it? (more…)
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.
Big, shocking news broke late last night/early today that Frank Darabont would no longer be the showrunner for AMC‘s The Walking Dead. Many were shocked, dismayed, maybe even a little frightened about what would happen to our beloved zombie apocalyptic drama. Well, breaking now, we’ve learned Glen Mazzara will take the reins from now own.
Mazarra wrote last season’s penultimate episode, “Wildfire” and was brought on to the show as a second-in-command in February. Making this move look just a little planned.
I feel those over at Vulture summed it up best,
So just to recap: First, The Walking Dead became the most successful show in AMC’s history, then executive producer Frank Darabont basically fired all the writers, then he decided to hire Mazzara, and then he decided to bow out as showrunner. For a show that’s only aired six episodes, that’s a lot of musical chairs.
Indeed. Will the quality program we fell in love with return to us unharmed in October!? Oh, nerds, together, let us pray.