The surprise departure of Glen Mazzara from AMC’s hit zombie series, “The Walking Dead,” has prompted some strong reactions from other showrunners. Both Kurt Sutter and Shawn Ryan took to social media to voice their criticism of the network and their praise of Mazzara.
Sutter, the executive producer of “Sons of Anarchy” and a notoriously outspoken man, posted his rather colorful reaction on his blog: (Warning: Language is really, really, really colorful.)
“AMC is run by small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of its creative personnel. Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, sh*t on their audience and bury their network. Mazzara took the work-in-progress that was ‘Walking Dead’ and turned it into a viable TV show with a future. Without him, that future is dim. Showrunners are not development executives, we’re not cookiecutter d***hebags that you plug into a preexisting model. TWD will suffer. Even Zombies need consistency. ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ will be gone soon. So will AMC. I hope their f**king stock takes a dive and the shareholders line up Sapan, Dolan and Collier and sh*t in their open hands. C**ts.”
Safe to say that Kurt Sutter is not happy with AMC right now.
Shawn Ryan, the creator of “The Shield” and of this season’s unfortunately low-rated “Last Resort,” expressed his feelings on Twitter. In a series of three tweets, Ryan explained why showrunners are so upset by this situation.
The first tweet reads:
“Breaking my Twitter silence to comment: AMC, WTF?”
Next, Ryan referenced the fact Mazzara took over “The Walking Dead” from its original showrunner, Frank Darabont, to wide acclaim:
“Common knowledge that AMC cut Breaking Bad shorter than it should have been. Now you have creative differences w/ biggest hit’s savior?”
Finally, the producer and writer pointed out the big problem for a network taking this route with its shows and creative talent:
“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?”
With these comments, it does bring up the question of whether or not “The Walking Dead” will continue in its popularity without showrunner Glen Mazzara.