There is no surprise here that AMC’s huge series The Walking Dead has been renewed for its fourth season based on the ratings that the first part of season three did. What is a surprise is that the series will proceed without executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara. Mazzara took over for Frank Darabont after his controversial exit from the series he created (based on ). In a joint statement, AMC and Mazzara say, “The two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons two and three. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success. Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for postproduction on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.”
Gale Anne Hurd, another of The Walking Dead’s executive producers, says in her own statement, “I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on THE WALKING DEAD. I am supportive of AMC and Glen’s decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show’s continued success.”
The second part of the third premieres Sunday, February 10, 2013.