I guess it would have been pretty awkward if Frank Darabont had taken the stage at The Walking Dead panel this past weekend at Comic Con and announced that he was leaving the show. So he did the panel as if everything was fine, and today he announced that he is stepping down as showrunner of The Walking Dead. And… yeah, that’s still awkward.

The Walking Dead is midway through production on its thirteen-episode second season, and the reason behind the writer/producer/director stepping away from the showrunner spot is reportedly that Frank Darabont never quite got the hang of working in the fast pace of TV production versus feature film production. That sounds like a thin reason, but we’ve got a few more details after the break. Read More »

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The new television season isn’t quite upon us yet, but the networks have definitely started gearing up. HBO’s just released an extended trailer for the eighth (and last) season of its escapist Hollywood fantasy Entourage, set to premiere in two weeks.

[UPDATE: Sadly, it turns out that the Walking Dead video posted below is fan-made and not an official teaser. Original story follows.] Over at AMC, the producers behind The Walking Dead have only recently begun casting for its new characters, but a recently released photo and now a brand-new teaser promise that the next season will be just as zombie-tastic as the last. Watch both trailers after the jump.

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First Look: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Two

Well, it looks a lot like The Walking Dead, season one, but check out those eyes! The second season of The Walking Dead is shooting now in Georgia, and AMC has released the first still from the production. We don’t know if the budget cuts that Frank Darabont feared ended up coming to pass, but there is a short statement from the director/showrunner after the break, along with a larger version of the image. Read More »

Will Budget Cuts Hobble ‘The Walking Dead’?

It seems to always go this way. A show is successful, and then those pulling the financial strings want to figure out how to make more money out of it. One way is by trimming the budget. And that is evidently what Frank Darabont faces as he preps the second season of The Walking Dead. The show has already seen its share of controversy, thanks to the report that the second season would do without a writing staff, but this might be a far more difficult thing to manage. Boardwalk Empire looks like it might be facing some budget questions, too — that’s a bit ominous, since HBO is the company that shut down Deadwood because it was too expensive — and that is a much more expensive show, with more to lose.

This info comes directly from the producers, who took part in THR‘s roundtable of Emmy-nominated showrunners. Check out some quotes and video after the break.  Read More »

Stephen King May Write For ‘The Walking Dead’

Preparations are under way for a darker, bloodier season two of The Walking Dead. And now it seems that series producer/creator Frank Darabont may bring in his old compatriot Stephen King to write an episode. During a Walking Dead panel at C2E2 in Chicago over the weekend, actress Laurie Holden dropped word that Stephen King would be writing an episode. Read More »

The first season of The Walking Dead ended last night (let’s keep the comments spoiler-free for now, if possible) but the big news about the series came last week when there was a report that series creator Frank Darabont had fired the writing staff and planned to use freelancers to craft the second season. Now producer Gale Anne Hurd insists that reports of the demise of the writing staff are very much exaggerated. Comic series creator, producer and co-writer Robert Kirkman also chimes in. Read More »

The debut episode of The Walking Dead was the highest-rated broadcast in AMC’s history, with 5.3 million viewers taking in the opening salvo of Frank Darabont‘s vision of life in America after a zombie apocalypse. The second episode was broadcast last night to excellent numbers: 4.7 million people saw one of Michael Rooker’s less pleasant roles and a stomach-churning use for churned zombie stomachs.

In response to the domestic and foreign success of the show, AMC has gleefully greenlit a second season that will run thirteen episodes. Read More »

AMC has released a five minute sneak peak at the first episode of the upcoming small screen adaptation of The Walking Dead, which premieres Halloween night, October 31 at 10pm. The sequence takes place very early on in the episode, and basically involves the main character waking up to the zombie outbreak (something we’ve seen before in movies like 28 Days Later). I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the first two episodes of this series and I can’t recommend it more highly.

Also, a couple weeks back we posted a fan created fan opening title sequence created by Daniel Kanemoto using artwork “ripped from the pages of the comic, originally illustrated by Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore.” AMC has finally released the real opening title sequence online and guess what — the fan created titles is much better on almost every level.

Hit the jump to watch the five minute sequence and the real opening title sequence.

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