The Walking Dead Showrunner Exit Fallout Starts With Kurt Sutter

by on December 21, 2012

in Entertainment

Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead - Series RenewedPrevious today I posted on the renewal of AMC’s The Walking Dead and the exodus of the showrunner of the zombie series, Glen Mazzara.  In that post, I also noted the past angst that the industry held in regards to how AMC sometimes treats it’s creative forces.

I recall after the first season of The Walking Dead, there were rumors of all the writers being fired and then not.  And in the past, the network was blasted for taking huge hits, then trying to cut their costs in regards to a show.

But today, in response to the news that Mazarra is leaving, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter chimed in, in the way that Sutter does, bluntly.  And also Shawn Ryan, Last Resort, let loose on the issue also.

Both are ex-peers of Mazarra from the days of FX’s The Shield.

Kurt Sutter:

I edited out the language with a bunch of ****’s.

AMC is run by small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the aleffort of its creative personnel. Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, s*** on their audience and bury their network. Mazzara took the work-in-progress that was Walking Dead and turned it into a viable TV show with a future. Without him, that future is dim. Showrunners are not development executives, we’re not cookie-cutter douchebags that you plug into a preexisting model. TWD will suffer. Even zombies need consistency. Mad Men and Breaking Bad will be gone soon. So will AMC. I hope their f*****g stock takes a dive and the shareholders line up [AMC president and CEO Josh] Sapan, [AMC parent Cablevision founder Charles] Dolan and [AMC president and GM Charlie] Collier and s*** in their open hands. C**ts.

Shawn Ryan:

These are tweets:

Breaking my Twitter silence to comment: AMC, WTF?  Common knowledge that AMC cut Breaking Bad shorter than it should have been. Now you have creative differences w/ biggest hit’s savior?  With FX, Showtime, HBO, Starz, Cinemax, A&E, TNT and others to sell to, it’s a real question now why good show runners should sell to AMC?

This also goes back to that huge contractual issues that AMC had with DISH and their ideas of what distribution should cost.

I have to wonder who was really getting the short stick their, even if I’m not a fan of DISH.

It’s a shame because some of their shows are some of the best, most incredible entertainment on the tube.  But as time goes on and folks stop taking top-notch content to the network, what will happen then?  Will Sutter’s prophecy come true?

Kurt Sutter, Shawn Ryan.

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