AMC announced today that its blockbuster zombie thriller, The Walking Dead, has, no surprise, been picked up for a fourth season. It also announced that showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara is leaving the show.
According to a statement released jointly with Mazzara, "the two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success."
The announcement also said that AMC and Mazzara had "a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer."
Almost immediately, show creator Robert Kirkman released his own statement saying he fully supported AMC and Mazzara in the decision and that he understood it was made in the best interest of the show.
"I thank Glen for his hard work and appreciate his many contributions to The Walking Dead and look forward to working with him as we complete post production on Season 3," Kirkman said. "I am also excited to begin work on another spectacular season of this show that I know means so much to so many people. This show has always been the result of a wide range of extremely talented men and women working tirelessly to produce their best work collectively. I believe the future is bright for The Walking Dead. Thank you to the fans for your continued support."
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd released her own statement: "I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on The Walking Dead. I am supportive of AMC and Glen's decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show's continued success."
No word on who will pick up showrunner duties when Mazzara leaves.