Regular writing staff recruited for The Walking Dead
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Freelance writers mourn at lost opportunity, but fans breathe a sigh of relief...
Just three months ago, it was reported that the writing staff of AMC's breakaway hit The Walking Dead were let go en masse. At that time it seemed that executive producer / creator Frank Darabont was considering a freelance-writer-model for new episodes, much like the one favored by Doctor Who. Today, Deadline reports that Glen Mazzara has agreed to join the staff of The Walking Dead as a writing executive producer, second to the series creator Darabont.
Mazzara's work will be familiar to fans of the show, as writer of the episode 'Wildfire', one of the best episodes of Season 1. He was also a writer and producer of three highly-regarded serial dramas: Crash, Hawthorne, and The Shield.
It would have been interesting to see how the freelance-writer experiment worked (having Kirkman's comic book as a loose template would have made that easier). But fans of the show should be pretty relieved, as what set the comic book apart, and what distinguishes the show as well, is the intense character development that was achieved in Season 1.
It also looks as though Season 2 will be a full 13 episodes, and for those of you who need a fix, or for whom the Season 2 start of October 2011 is too far away, the DVD/Blu-Ray of Season 1 is out next month.
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