News Briefs: And Your New The Walking Dead Showrunner Is...

By Tim Surette

Jan 15, 2013

THE AMC SHOWRUNNER REVOLVING DOOR SPINS AGAIN

... Glen Mazzara replaced Frank Darabont as showrunner halfway through the second season of The Walking Dead after Darabont was fired, making him the new Frank Darabont. Well now Mazzara is the new Frank Darabont again, after getting kicked off the show by AMC (although the network insists the decision for Mazzara to leave was mutual). But who is the new Glen Mazzara that will take over the show now that Mazzara is out? That would be Scott M. Gimple, one of The Walking Dead's producers whose previous credits include FlashForward and Chase. I don't know much about the guy, which is probably what AMC wants. How long are we giving Gimple, one and a half seasons? [Deadline Hollywood]


NUMBERS AND FIGURES, A GREAT WAY TO MAKE RATINGS SOUND MORE EXCITING

... More people watched the Golden Globes this year than in the previous five, as 19.67 million viewers tuned in to the made-up awards ceremony last night. That was good for a 6.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demo, which was helped by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. If you missed it, I'm sure you can snatch up an illegal DVD copy in your local Chinatown, but I'd just read Price's photo recap instead. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In the battle of pay-cable premieres that only the super-rich can afford to watch, Showtime had a solid Sunday night. The Season 3 premiere of Shameless registered the series' third-highest numbers (2 million viewers), the Season 2 premiere of House of Lies set a series high with 1.19 million, and Californication saw a big boost from its previous season with 1.07 million. HBO's Girls, meanwhile, declined slightly year-to-year for its Season 2 premiere, with 866,000 viewers. Enlightened followed that with 300,000 viewers, up from its Season 1 premiere. Therefore, we can confirm that Showtime is great and HBO is terrible and that ratings are the be-all-and-end-all of determining the quality of television. [EW / TV By the Numbers]


BUSINESS TIME

... Showtime has ordered the series Penny Dreadful from screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator). The weird drama puts famous literary figures, like Dr. Frankenstein (and his monster), Dorian Gray, and characters from the book Dracula, together in late 1800s London. It's Being Human meets Downton Abbey, I guess? [EW]

... Netflix and Turner Broadcasting shook hands, resulting in licensing deals for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network programs to be streamed on Netflix's on-demand service. Starting March 30, shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show, Johnny Bravo, Robot Chicken, The Boondocks, and Childrens Hospital will be available to stream. TNT's Dallas will also join Netflix, but not until early 2014. [Variety]

... South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created their own production studios, Important Studios. World Domination step 2, complete. [NY Times]


THAT'S NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE NEWS

... That CW project to adapt the Japanese book Battle Royale (think Japanese Hunger Games) into a television series? That's not happening anymore! [EW]

... That Californication spin-off starring Maggie Grace as a partying groupie? That's not happening anymore! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... HBO has a miniseries called True Detective coming out soon, a time-jumping perspective-shifting drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives hunting down a serial killer. Just added to the cast was Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol hottie Michelle Monaghan, who plays one of the detective's wife. McConaughey's penis reportedly applauded the casting choice. [TV Line]

... Matt Damon will guest star on an upcoming episode of House of Lies as himself. He'll hire Don Cheadle's Marty Kahn and his group to help start a charitable foundation to compete with George Clooney's. This is what rich people do for fun. [THR]



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  • LeahLefler Jan 21, 2013

    Just when The Walking Dead was getting the best it's ever been.. no more awesome Glen Mazzara! He seemed like he really got the idea behind the show and comics, etc. But then again, they never had Mazzara and Robert Kirkman on Talking Dead together. Maybe there was a clash there. Kirkman wasn't on at all this season...

  • the_ricksta Jan 20, 2013

    I'm genuinely baffled with this Walking Dead news. This season's been the best yet! Everything a zombie fanboy wants plus good character development.
    What the hell?...

  • rye06p Jan 20, 2013

    True Detective sounds fucking awesome.

  • Madelynn1984 Jan 16, 2013

    Wow, True Detective sounds great. And I'm looking forward to Matt Damon on House of Lies. I love him so much, and I love how all of the other hot actors all reference George Clooney all the time as being the most attractive and most charitable guy around. . . Even people like Matt Damon have Clooney envy!

  • lalaforever1989 Jan 15, 2013

    Actually, its more like Hunger Games is the American pg-13 "Battle Royale". I remember watching BR way back beginning of 2000s. Cool book too.

  • CharmedOneP391 Jan 15, 2013

    i liked FlashForward although it wasn't that great for a one and done series. Hopefully with 3 seasons behind the belt, he'll do good things with TWD.

  • terminaltrip421 Jan 15, 2013

    all of showtimes returns were good. I felt like shameless started off stronger than it did last season, though it could have just been that I had too high of hopes after it's first. house of lies isn't as easy to get into without a six pack to help with your suspension of disbelief, but at least it has all of the crazy crap to distract from the ridiculousness that is their job. and californication... man becca is gorgeous now am, I right? always thought she was pretty but she totally looks like a WOMAN now. and a very very pretty one at that. and it was just nice to see that crazy cast all back together.

    meanwhile the walking dead will always be second rate (at best) television regardless of showrunner. RUBICON which was a well acted, well written and intriguing show that got cancelled while the walking dead got to live? I bet zombies know better television than you folks. at least they know the value of brains.

  • MFK863 Jan 15, 2013

    So should I consider this season of the Walking Dead to be the last (good one)? Cause if this goes back to the farmland time suck soap opera that the first half of season 2 was I'm out...

  • HelghastMarc Jan 15, 2013

    Mazzarra needs to get The Shield crew back together and head to FX. Their new show (whatever the premise) would be incredible I'm sure.

  • Dude2099 Jan 19, 2013

    I feel your pain and totally agree. Ever since The Shield ended, nothing has filled that hole. S.O.A tried but doesn't come close.

  • JeremyStratten Jan 15, 2013

    Just like you said Tim, AMC are fucking assholes.AMC doesn't give a shit about the quality of the show, or the fans, or anything else other than money and absolute control. They hired this guy because a) no showrunner with even a tiny bit of self respect and dignity will touch anything AMC wants to make, not even with a ten foot pole. Especially The Walking Dead.
    b) this guy's a pushover, AMC can treat him like shit and he won't complain, as long as he has a job. They can put the blame on him if the show sucks from now on, and sorry but I'm pretty sure it will suck donkey balls. I hope the ratings drop so AMC executives pull their heads out of their asses and change their attitude. Right now they are pissing all over the good reputation they once had thanks to Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

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