Glen Mazzara named new showrunner for 'The Walking Dead'

Well, it’s official: Glen Mazzara is stepping in for Frank Darabont as The Walking Dead‘s new showrunner.

Sources confirm Mazzara is taking over the top writer-producer job on the breakout hit. Mazzara has worked on The Shield, Life, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Hawthorne, and he joined Dead at the start of production on season 2.

Still no word on what sort of role that Darabont, whom we’re told is under a two-year contract, will have on the show. And there’s still no word what exactly led to his exit, aside from a general sense of having trouble adjusting to the TV landscape (some have pointed to an interview where Darabont expressed frustration with the show’s TV-sized budget).

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‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner Frank Darabont stepping down

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  • Echos Myron

    Good. THE SHIELD was better than all of Darabont`s crappy Hollywood features combined.

    • Woot

      The Shawshank Redemption begs to differ with you.

      • Ray Carney

        Oh, critics and viewers alike are easy to buffalo. I sometimes give my students a recipe for making a movie that American film critics will champion.

        First, be sure you work in a well-established genre and wedge in lots of references to other movies. Play games with narrative expectations and genre conventions at every opportunity. That always appeals to intellectual critics, who like nothing better than a movie about movies. It makes them feel important.

        Second, include a ton of pseudo-highbrow cultural allusions and unexplained in-jokes. Critics love it when they can feel in the know.

        Third, strive for the “smartest” possible tone and look: as ironic, cynical, wised-up, coy, dryly comic, and smart-alecky as you can make it. It’s important to avoid real seriousness at all costs, so that no one can accuse you of being sentimental, gushy, or caring about anything. That’s a mortal sin if you want to appeal to a highbrow critic.

        If it’s all a goof, like Pulp Fiction’s comic-book approach to life, no one can accuse you of being so uncool as to take yourself or your art seriously. If possible, make the story blatantly twisted, surreal, excessive, or demented in some way. Make it outrageous or kinky. If the average middlebrow viewer would be offended by it, that makes it all the more appealing to this sort of critic, since shocking the Philistine is what this conception of art is about.

        Finally, glaze it all with a virtuosic shooting and editing style and keep a certain degree of onrush in the plot. Keep the nonsense moving right along, so no one will stop and ask embarrassing questions about what it all means. Every other interest is abandoned to keep the plot zigging and zagging–psychological consistency, narrative plausibility, emotional meaning.

        People prefer artistic tricks to true discoveries. Truth is messier and more complex than a gimmick. Flash is preferred to real insight because flash gives the illusion of insight without requiring the actual effort of learning anything new. It’s a fact of psychic life that our ideas and emotions are organized to resist fundamental change. Real art is always going to be resisted, because its experiences will never neatly fit into pre-existing categories. It makes us work. We can’t just sit back and take it in. We have to wake up and scramble.

        Art doesn’t give us pre-cooked, pre-digested experiences, but raw, rough, unclassifiable ones. In fact, if you can say what emotions you feel while you watch a film, you probably aren’t having an emotional experience in the way I mean. Real emotions defy verbal summaries. And they leave us more confused than analytic. Thinking in a new way is more likely to bewilder than to enlighten us, at least at first. If an experience is truly original, it puts us in places we’ve never been before and may not want to be.

      • Baked Waker

        Pretentious d-bag much?

      • Mole

        Wow, sounds like someone is bummed that not all critics are in love with The Tree of Life.

      • steve

        Hey Carney. I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul

      • kl

        @Ray, good read. The only movies I can think of that match your description are Quentin Tarantino films, though.

      • kl

        oh and this is probably not the best place to write a filmography essay. the majority of people who come here are housewives and men living in their parent’s basements.

      • Mike

        Which category do you fall in kl?

      • the minister

        I live in my very own house & have a degree in literature from UVA.
        Fortunately, it doesn’t keep me from enjoying Tarantino, The Shawshank Redemption, or any other great middlebrow entertainment.
        I feel sorry for guys like Ray.

  • Ray Carney

    Philistine much?

    How many doctorates do you have? If your answer is less than one, don`t even attempt to engage in a discussion with me.

    • Mr. Vegas

      I’ll just say two words to you and your degrees. Go away.

    • Mole

      This statement right here is the reason that much of the American public is on an anti-intellectual kick, rejecting the notion of expertise in any way, shape, or form, due to the pandering attitudes of certain folks of education, like yourself.

      Somewhere above your belittling and your patronizing lies a joy in the gaining and sharing of knowledge and experience with other people without the need to exercise superiority over them.

      And you call yourself a teacher.

    • Jaded

      LMAO! Rick Carney=Giant Tool

    • MPP

      You’re an idiot. “don’t even attempt to engage in a discussion with me” says the person writting on the comment section of EW…

    • Baked Waker

      I got none, but the fact that you have to brag that you do in such an arrogant anner is a stunning display of your insecurity as a person. Your reply answers my question: you are very much a d-bag.

    • BJG


      What does any of your post have to do with anything about the topic of the article?

    • Glenn

      Google “Ray Carney Teacher” and the pretentiousness continues….

    • Wonderdead

      “I sometimes give my students a recipe for making a movie that American film critics will champion.” By “recipe” I think you mean “bizarre rant”. A valid argument beats a Doctorate any day of the week. Pity you only have a Doctorate.

    • pickle t1ts

      Ray Carney eats cox n’ dix.

    • charlotte

      As someone who does have an advance degree let me say, you are an idiot. I hope some of your students are reading this pretentious crap and spreading it around campus, laughing their asses off.

    • JT

      You’re furiously masturbating over all this, aren’t you?

    • K

      Carney is a lousy professor at Boston University. Would expect a ridiculously arrogant rant like this from him. Remember, he teaches film. And why do arrogant teachers teach instead of do? You know the answer.

      • JT

        I actually think it’s one of his students or someone posing as him, copying from a textbook. I looked into him, I can’t fathom why a man who seems to detest mainstream popular culture (and seems to have an unnatural obsession with John Cassavetes) would even dare waste his time at

        Of course whoever it is is probably relishing in the attention, so I’d suggest everyone move along. It has literally ZERO to do with The Walking Dead.

    • Mike

      “don`t even attempt to engage in a discussion with me.”

      Says the guy posting essays in a comments/discussion section of an entertainment website. What exactly do you expect to happen? Maybe I should write a dissertation explaining the tendency to respond to asinine commentary.

  • Oscar

    The talent working on The Shield was so impressive. Outside of creator Shawn Ryan, you’ve got 3 former
    writers who are now showrunners, assuming FX picks up Powers with Chic Eglee as the showrunner.

  • lX

    The key thing will be how well he can continue the process of adapting Kirkman’s characters and stories for the different medium.

  • Irieman

    Hey Ray,
    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.

  • Fievel

    …and those who can’t teach pontificate on message boards.

  • Brett

    Anyone can get a Ph.D. All you need to do is pay for it. I’ll be impressed when you have an M.D. from Johns Hopkins.

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  • Justus

    Hahaha!!! Its cool…

  • Anne@ Ray Carney

    Ok, I’m sure there is some easy answer to this question but how was Mr. Carney allowed to write a mini essay regarding this post when I’m always limited to 500 characters? His pretension was insufferable enough before being allowed an interminable time to run.

    • the minister

      He’s such a blowhard he blew right through the character limit. Like a big bad pretentious douchebag wolf, that guy.

  • T’Challa

    He’s what’s commonly known throughout the Western world as a ‘TOOL’

  • Leon

    RIP good show, the new guys SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

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