Last week we were shocked to learn that Frank Darabont left The Walking Dead after having enthusiastically promoted the show only days before at Comic-Con. Clearly, something unpleasant was afoot behind the scenes.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the problem might stem from money being poured into AMC’s flagship show Mad Men. A renegotiated contract lead to a pay hike for its creator and executive producer Matt Weiner to the tune of $10 million per season—with no budget cuts to the show.
Meanwhile, the budget for The Walking Dead has been slashed $250,000 per episode and Breaking Bad’s season five show order has been reduced to six or eight from thirteen—prompting Sony Television (the studio behind the show) to consider selling it to another network.
Interestingly enough, The Walking Dead handily surpasses both shows in terms of viewership. It averaged 6 million viewers per episode during its first season while Mad Men averaged 4.3 million last season and Breaking Bad 2.3 million this year.
AMC president Charlie Collier had this to say on The Walking Dead budget cuts:
“If you look at pilot budgets vs. pattern budgets usually the pilot budget is much higher than what ends up being the pattern budget. With The Walking Dead, instead of doing a pilot, we went straight to 6 episodes because we believed in the team and the talent in front and behind the camera. Then we came back with a 13-episode second season, and amortization over 13 episodes is very different than over 6. But we settled into one of the highest pattern budgets for a basic cable series,” said Collier.
Still, it seems counterintuitive to take anything away from a show that is clearly AMC’s biggest hit. I like Mad Men, but The Walking Dead should be their top priority—and they may have lost the show’s driving force because they don’t have their priorities in order.
So one of my favorite shows as a kid. I watched this so much and was very disappointed when it only ran one season. When I ask people if they have ever seen this show I get looks of puzzlement for every single one of them. It’s nice to know that someone besides me knew it existed, none the less watched and enjoyed it too. So head over to topless robot to see all 8 videos of the eeriest episodes of Eerie Indiana.
AMC has released another behind-the-scenes featurette from The Walking Dead, this time examining the fascinating work that went into creating the make-up effects for the first zombie that will appear on the show. What’s so great about this clip is the old-school make-up work that is being done on the series. The classic techniques on display above would be just as home on an 1983 episode of Standby: Lights, Camera, Action as they are here.Topless Robot – Beauty Tips from the Walking Dead.
So that last couple of nights have been dreaming of snowboarding for some odd reason. So I wanted to do a vintage doodle type of thing with all the things I like about snowboarding. Some have to do with my yearly trip to Purgatory, CO., others just pure randomness. But, I plan on doing three of these, all very similar to one another. Plus, it helps me use my Wacom tablet more and more.
A few days ago I posted on Quint’s day on the set of AMC’s upcoming series The Walking Dead. This was a two part post and he is back with the rest of the day and some more photos. After reading this, I have very high hopes for The Walking Dead. It seems that the people making this are very into it. And the writer has a lot of influence over what happens with the story. Nothing I hate worse then a great book, or comic and someone decides that they know better then the author. Normally if it was popular enough to become a movie/tv series then the book/comic had something going. Don’t fuck up a good thing!!
Sorry had to vent there a little. And now the link to rest of the story. Here!
Bracken over at The Horror Geek posted this some time ago. I haven’t kept up with the blog as much as I would have liked. So here is some more stuff to fill your zombie needs!
Sorry for the long delay between posts — I’ve been doing a lot of stuff over at Horror Squad (and if you’re not checking me out there, you should be — it’s extra content) and I’ve not had a bunch of free time. I’m back today though, with more Walking Dead goodness.
Pictured above is the first production photo from AMC’s new series — based on Robert Kirkman’s comic set after the zombie apocalypse. Greg Nicotero of the mighty KNB Effects did the zombie design and it looks amazing. Director Frank Darabont concurs, saying “Greg Nicotero is absolutely out-doing himself. The work he is doing is beyond what one could hope for. Our Zombies kick ass!”
The series is set to debut on AMC later this year.
Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News, spent a few days checking out the behind the scenes of the Walking Dead. He even posted some pics of the zombies, fucking creepy! This is part one, so I’m excited there is more to come. Read the full story here!
Good old Mike Bracken made a post earlier today about AMC’s behind the scenes look of “The Walking Dead”. Due to come out this October, they are filming now in Atlanta, GA. Check out Mike’s post here at The Horror Geek.
A director that’s always wanted to do Zombies, and pays homage to Romero. So far this thing can’t go wrong. But like all things that are really awesome in one medium can’t always be expressed in another. So with fingers crossed among other things, I can’t hardly wait til October to get here to see. But enough talk, check out the video Here!!
A few days ago we reported that the AMC network green-lit a six-episode start to the television adaptation of The Walking Dead, the immensely popular comic series by Robert Kirkman. Right on the heels of this nerd appeasing news AMC announces that the books main protagonist has been cast. Andrew Lincoln will play small town cop, father, husband and one armed badass, Rick Grimes.
Lincoln is a bit of an unknown. He’s past work primarily consists of British TV including stints on This Life, and Teachers. Unsure if this classy brit can fufill the role of the burden heavy leader of a group of survivors coping with the zombie apocalypse? Well, fear not because he’s got Robert Kirkmans endorsement. Robert was qouted saying: ”Andrew Lincoln, wow, what an amazing find this guy is.”
He said: “Writing Rick Grimes month after month in the comic series, I had no idea he was an actual living breathing human being, and yet here he is. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this show is coming together.”
If he’s good enough for Robert Kirkman he’s good enough for us.
The Walking Dead is about people coming together to survive and the story follows a Kentucky police officer, Rick Grimes, and his family along with a bunch of other survivors who work together in resistance of the world that’s been overrun with zombies. As I’ve said before, It’s not about Zombies popping out of no where to give us a good scare. No, it’s a rich, smart, character driven story about what happens when a group of peope are forced to survive in a world ruled by the dead. It’s filled with great moments of suspense, psychological terror and gut wrenching loss. It will make for a fantastic television series.
The series officially begins production in June and is set to premier in October during AMC’s Fearfest event.