Glen Mazzara Takes Over ‘The Walking Dead’

The former producer of "The Shield" succeeds Frank Darabont as the new showrunner.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Yesterday, fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead" were stunned when Frank Darabont suddenly left the hit series and stepped down as the showrunner. Now, less than 24 hours later, Darabont's successor is already in place.

Deadline is reporting that Glen Mazzara has been tapped to take over for Darabont as the new showrunner of "The Walking Dead." Back in February, Mazzara was hired to be the number 2 executive producer on "The Walking Dead" after writing an episode during the first season.

Mazzara's ascension is not expected delay the second season of "The Walking Dead;" which began filming at the beginning of last month. Mazzara has previously worked as a showrunner on the first season of Starz' "Crash" and the second season of TNT's "Hawthorne." Prior to that, Mazzara wrote and produced "The Shield," "Life" and "Standoff."

According to Deadline's latest report, it is still uncertain if Darabont will remain with "The Walking Dead" in a different capacity, but it seems likely that he will resume his feature film career. Darabont shepherded "The Walking Dead" for five years with Gale Anne Herd before the duo was finally able to find a home for it on AMC.

Thus far, the only unofficial reason given for Darabont's departure is that he "never quite adjusted to the daily grind of producing a TV series." It's currently unclear if Darabont decided to leave on his own or if that decision came from somewhere else in the show's hierarchy.

The second season of "The Walking Dead" is slated to debut on AMC on Sunday, October 16.

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