“The Walking Dead” Fires Entire Writing Staff Causing Them To Exit Building Much Like Walking Dead

    December 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

    First rule of a brand-new but successful TV show; fire the entire writing staff and bring in freelancers. Look, these ain’t my rules.

    Deadline is reporting showrunner Frank Darabont has decided to forgo the writing staff that worked on the 6-episode first season of “The Walking Dead.” This includes the departure of Darabont’s longtime wingman Charles Eglee, who also served as exec-producer on the first season.

    For season number two, Darabont will hire freelance writers on a script by script basis, a model that has seemingly worked in the U.K., namely with the series “Tourchwood.”

    Did they even get a chance to high-five one another for getting a second season before they got the axe? Incredibly gutsy decision, especially because of the nature of freelance work.

    With a leap from 6 to the 13 episodes next season (expected next Fall), here’s to hoping Darabont again proves he knows what he’s doing. Then again, being so adroit at writing himself (he wrote the first two episodes of the series, and has co-written/re-written every since), I’m sure he does!

    Ahhh, a little bit of an ego sir? Beware of burnout Mr. Darabont. Matthew thought he could write the whole Bible but ending up bringing in co-writers. The guy that wrote Revelations was a lunatic!

    Darabont rids “The Walking Dead” writing staff, hiring freelancers next season?
    – [Arrow In The Head]

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