'The Walking Dead' gets a new boss
February 28th, 2013
11:05 AM ET

'The Walking Dead' gets a new boss

There's a new sheriff in town on the set of "The Walking Dead."

On Wednesday, AMC made it official: Scott M. Gimple will be replacing Glen Mazzara in overseeing TV's No. 1 scripted series.

The show about a zombie apocalypse lost Mazzara back in December. He was in charge of the show for much of season two and the current season three.

"To be honest, as we were talking about moving ahead with the show, there [were] genuine creative differences," Mazzara, the show's second showrunner after Frank Darabont, later told New York Magazine's Vulture.

"So we together, AMC and I, reached a decision that it was best to part ways. I’ll let my work stand for itself, and I’m very happy with it and they’re happy with it," he continued. "I’ve moved on to my own project now, and I’m excited about that. It was a difficult decision but I think it was the right one for the show and for me as an artist."

"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman told CNN that he thinks "the creative couldn't be at a better place. I think we have a really strong season three. Moving forward, it's important to note that television is a collaborative medium, and there may be an element that changes from season to season, but ... The majority of people remain, so the show is still going to have the same flavor. I couldn't be more excited about all the things we're going to be doing in season four."

After Gimple's hiring on Wednesday, Kirkman said in a statement that the new showrunner "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 storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of 'The Walking Dead.'"

Gimple added, "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."

The series' fourth season begins production on May 6 in Atlanta.

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. 123456

    still remains for the little virgin whoever it is.....

    March 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lucy& Co.

    leave the 2 of them be.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Suzanne?

    give it a rest...we know its bimboville

    March 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Suzanne

    Great show! I hope this change doesn't ruin the show. Hopefully he can bring new insight

    March 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |

    next month–easter week

    March 4, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. NoPlease

    i love seeing the dead guy everyday–he's the cutest ever now and i don't want too spoil his review of me. k?

    March 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kate and her low end friends

    we are trained and mentally stronger then she will ever be in her entire life....i want too see her name in pretty pink pony lights when ready....

    March 3, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. LR-Butch

    1 step closer too victory for ratings.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. dead actor!

    this guy is a god-how can you people say he is not good looking

    March 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Relax

    Not photo above....no

    March 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |


    March 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hello

    i want too suck face with the dead guy in the picture

    March 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TWD Comic Fan

    I like the show, but every episode seems to be less impressive than the last. The first season was the best of the three INHO, but even then, I prefer the comic any day of the week. I almost wish that I hadn't read the comic series three times before the show began to air. It set a really high standard.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Hollaz

      I completely agree. Season 1 was awesome because it was gritty and much more subtle. Season 2 went to the network approach and they tried to focus really heavily on character development and big reveals. The writing seemed to switch from focusing on how characters interact with this new world to focusing on these particular individuals. And everything is said directly in dialogue, and people make stupid and irrational decisions clearly just to advance the plot. People don't give each other essential information so that we can build a conflict between them over 3 episodes and make it more dramatic later. It kind of insults the intelligence of the viewer. Obviously it hasn't done too much to hurt their viewership, but it really changed a great show into a mediocre one. Maybe the new guy will take it back in the direction of season 1.

      March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mitt Zombie

    Show needs more chicks with big racks!

    March 1, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. phoneman

    Great, the last time a show changed hands it went south. "2 and a half men". Just saying.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mikey

    bb–1 hr...are u here?

    February 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Greatshow

    my family is addicted to this show..

    February 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Deal With it

    best show on tv

    February 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bex

    I hope AMC doesn't start acting like FOX and start micromanaging their programs. I'm also somewhat concerned about the recent influx of these reality shows as well. If I wanted to watch that, I'd watch HISTORY or DISCOVERY channel. I know Breaking Bad is ending after it returns. Hell On Wheels is decent, but I find I get bored as it continues to progress. Just hope they have something cool hidden up their sleeve for the future.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mmmmmm

    The last teo seasons have been a little silly. Almost like Swiss Family Robinson on Zombie Island. It is nothing compared to the first season.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. DuckSauce


    I extra funny today. I know. No applause necessary.

    February 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  22. PoopJokeCopOut

    the cast does not get affected.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose'

      I hope it won't affect my ability to do el número dos. That means POOOOP in Mexican.

      February 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nathan

    Why isn't anyone talking about pooop today? Why no funny turd nuggets of wisdom being flung? I hope everyone is ok.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. BackToBusiness

    What show is this?

    February 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Tim

    I sure hope they don't change it too much and mess it up. They say it's the number one scripted show on TV. They must be doing something right.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • what did boss lezbian just say--

      nothing will change for the cast and crew. ever.

      February 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      It's correctly spelled lesbean. Pinto bean, pork-n-bean, lesbean. And the gay lesbeans are the worst.

      February 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHATEVA...

      nothing changes you are who you are and nobody will take it–now please shut up.

      February 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      I sure hope the lesbeans won't be affected. They like to POOOOOOP.

      February 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hello

    Nobody is losing anybody...it will always be number 1...

    February 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Happy

    i have NOT seen a hot guy like this in ages...

    February 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Peace

    I like this show, hope it doesn't change too much.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  29. phightower

    As long as the show doesn't loose Kirkman, it shouldn't go too off track. But who knows, AMC does tend to over react and believe there own press.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |

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