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NBC Wanted The Walking Dead But Only As a Zombie-Crime-of-the-Week Procedural

Danai Gurira as Michonne and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

If you’ve ever seen zombies pull people apart with their teeth on The Walking Dead and wondered, ’But what exactly is this biter’s motive?’ then you should consider a career as an NBC executive. According to Variety, Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd recently told a master class at the Edinburgh International TV Festival that when the show’s creator, Frank Darabont, first pitched his pilot to NBC, the network had a few notes. “Do there have to be zombies [in it]?” NBC reportedly asked, and then later suggested “a procedural in which the two main protagonists would ‘solve a zombie crime of the week.’” Rick, Carol, and the rest of the crew ended up on AMC instead, which is a shame because without the mystery-solving element, we’ll probably never know which zombie ate that one character off-camera and why the series tortured us with Lori for so long. But, with the success of Fear of the Walking Dead, maybe it’s not too late for a crime-procedural spin-off. After all, in the post-zombie world, brain-eating offenses are considered especially heinous.

NBC Wanted Walking Dead As a Zombie-Crime Show