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01.14.2013

Scott Gimple!

Where's the applause? I get it, I get it. You can't get too cozy with the guy since he won't be around for an entire season probably. The life expectancy of a showrunner is getting more predictable than the actual characters. Gimple will replace Glen Mazzara when the rest of the third season is complete. Everyone's question so far as been: Why kick the guy out when he's brought so much to the series? There's a couple of reasons floating around according to THR.

1. Mazzara and his vision were a major conflict with creator Robert Kirkman. It's understandable that Kirkman would want to retain a certain amount of control. AMC believes that they need Kirkman to keep their fanbase going. So if Kirkman cannot do what he needs to do in order to feel like the show is running cohesive with what he has been creating then there's a problem. Keep Mazzara or Kirkman? The answer is simple....at least to the network.

2. Mazzara’s shortcomings caused creative differences. Word has it that Mazzara's lack of material forced production shutdowns on many occasions. The lack of experience finally drove the network to the edge so they gave Mazzara the boot.

This is all coming from an inside source so no matter what you have to take it all with a grain of salt. However, Gimple does have experience with the show. He's already been on as one of the writers. Gimple joined the team in season two right after the departure of Frank Darabont. In season two, Gimple wrote “Save the Last One” and “Pretty Much Dead Already,” and co-wrote “18 Miles Out” with Mazzara. Episodes scripted by him in season three include “Hounded” and the upcoming “This Sorrowful Life.” Along with THE WALKING DEAD, Gimple has written for LIFE, FLASHFOWARD, and GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE. He probably wants you to forget the last credit.

Recently, LAST RESORT'S Shawn Ryan tweeted: "It's a real question now why good showrunners should sell to AMC." Then SONS OF ANARCHY creator Kurt Sutter followed with: "a gift basket filled with … broken promises and the marinated tongue used to lick Kirkman's ass." Yikes. Kirkman still remains a fan of Sutter despite what he said: "@sutterink is brilliant and Sons is my favorite show on TV. Still, it's upsetting to see him ranting about things he knows nothing about."

Why not?

Extra Tidbit: How are you guys feeling about the second half of season three? What about your feelings on a new showrunner? I just hope that they can keep up the same pace.
Source: THR/Film

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5:09PM on 01/15/2013
I can not believe it..........just check http://2.gp/qmqA
I can not believe it..........just check http://2.gp/qmqA
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12:41PM on 01/15/2013

Here's the thing,

The show is so different from the comic now that the idea that the NEED Kirkman around makes no sense. The idea that keeping him means keeping the fan base is just a loose cause a lot of the fan base hasn't read the comics. I love Kirkman and everything but this show really should have just stuck to the script, so to speak, and it would have been much better off.
The show is so different from the comic now that the idea that the NEED Kirkman around makes no sense. The idea that keeping him means keeping the fan base is just a loose cause a lot of the fan base hasn't read the comics. I love Kirkman and everything but this show really should have just stuck to the script, so to speak, and it would have been much better off.
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9:45AM on 01/15/2013
I think that if Kirkman walks the show is doomed. Get a guy/girl in there that actually reads the comic, so they can work hand in hand with Kirkman and deviate from the comic when need be.
I think that if Kirkman walks the show is doomed. Get a guy/girl in there that actually reads the comic, so they can work hand in hand with Kirkman and deviate from the comic when need be.
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6:51AM on 01/15/2013

And a "showrunner" is...?

Look, I'm an educated man and I love movies and TV, but the title "showrunner" means nothing to me, yet it's being thrown around here like we're all knowledgeable. So I'll swallow my pride and raise my hand in ignorance. Thumbs down me if you gotta, but someone please explain what the f*** a showrunner does.
Look, I'm an educated man and I love movies and TV, but the title "showrunner" means nothing to me, yet it's being thrown around here like we're all knowledgeable. So I'll swallow my pride and raise my hand in ignorance. Thumbs down me if you gotta, but someone please explain what the f*** a showrunner does.
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7:15AM on 01/15/2013
They're the head writing/producing person or team, that are creatively in charge of the show, only subordinate to the network. Their control is dictated by how disposable the network sees them. In the case of the Walking Dead, Kirkman occupies this weird niche that actually makes it difficult for an executive producer to thrive. Kirkman is seen as irreplaceable (and may be contract-wise).
They're the head writing/producing person or team, that are creatively in charge of the show, only subordinate to the network. Their control is dictated by how disposable the network sees them. In the case of the Walking Dead, Kirkman occupies this weird niche that actually makes it difficult for an executive producer to thrive. Kirkman is seen as irreplaceable (and may be contract-wise).
12:28PM on 01/15/2013
It varies sometimes but the post above is pretty accurate.
Normally the showrunner (if experienced) is the one who brought the concept at the initial pitch. If its an unproven producer/writer then they may bring on someone more experienced who is then in charge to help that person. I think with this because Kirkman has no real right to be a showrunner they keep bringing on experienced guys to do it but Kirkman isn't playing well with them so they walk (ie: get fired because of creative
It varies sometimes but the post above is pretty accurate.
Normally the showrunner (if experienced) is the one who brought the concept at the initial pitch. If its an unproven producer/writer then they may bring on someone more experienced who is then in charge to help that person. I think with this because Kirkman has no real right to be a showrunner they keep bringing on experienced guys to do it but Kirkman isn't playing well with them so they walk (ie: get fired because of creative differences that usually involve expletives).
I don't think the show will die because of him leaving. I think it will thrive without him. He's not a TV writer and I can look at scripts or episodes and tell you what parts he insisted upon and what parts he conceded to the actual writers.
Here is the big problem: the showrunners they try out keep being less and less talented. How can you replace somebody great with somebody mediocre and expect things to improve? Fire Kirkman.
1:23AM on 01/15/2013

No biggie

People need to relax. Everyone got pissy as hell when Frank Darabont got replaced as showrunner and to me at least, the show got even better than it was before.
People need to relax. Everyone got pissy as hell when Frank Darabont got replaced as showrunner and to me at least, the show got even better than it was before.
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11:47PM on 01/14/2013
It would be nice to have a showrunner who doesn't think audiences would be confused if there is more than one black male character onscreen at a time.
It would be nice to have a showrunner who doesn't think audiences would be confused if there is more than one black male character onscreen at a time.
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8:26AM on 01/15/2013
Right, we are in the heart of the south Georgia, they could get away with this if they were in Oregon.
Right, we are in the heart of the south Georgia, they could get away with this if they were in Oregon.
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10:25PM on 01/14/2013
Sad that they've done so much to the show runners when they had such a good thing going. However, I will only start judging when the show drops in quality. When that happens, then I will start complaining about how dumb AMC was to ditch their talent.
Sad that they've done so much to the show runners when they had such a good thing going. However, I will only start judging when the show drops in quality. When that happens, then I will start complaining about how dumb AMC was to ditch their talent.
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