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The Walking Dead Has a New Showrunner

Zombies.

Glen Mazzara is taking over as showrunner for The Walking Dead, sources close to the show confirm, though it's not clear yet what exactly Frank Darabont's role in the series' production will be moving forward. Mazzara wrote season one's penultimate episode "Wildfire" and was brought on as second in command back in February; before that, he was an executive producer on Hawthorne (eh), the TV adaptation of Crash (yeesh), and The Shied (amazing). So just to recap: First, The Walking Dead became the most successful show in AMC's history, then executive producer Frank Darabont basically fired all the writers, then he decided to hire Mazzara, and then he decided to bow out as showrunner. For a show that's only aired six episodes, that's a lot of musical chairs.

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