'Walking Dead' Network Confirms Frank Darabont's Departure, Glen Mazzara's Promotion

Walking DeadWith Frank Darabont reportedly out as showrunner of "The Walking Dead" and executive producer Glen Mazzara supposedly stepping in to fill his place, we're left to scratch our heads and wonder what exactly is going on behind the scenes of one of our favorite TV shows. For their own part, executives at the AMC network stayed quiet throughout yesterday's outpouring of reports on Darabont's departure and subsequent replacement.

But that all changes today, as the network has released an official statement regarding the show's creative shakeup. Read it in full after the jump.

"'The Walking Dead’s' Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of 'The Walking Dead' are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.

Robert Kirkman, creator of 'The Walking Dead' graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as Executive Producer. The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere."

So there you have it—AMC's official word on the current "Walking Dead" situation. Still no real idea of whether or not Darabont remains on board, and in what capacity, but we now have definitive confirmation of a new showrunner in Glen Mazzara. I've seen some people who are psyched about Mazzara's upgrade and others who are worried about it; speaking only for myself, I'm just glad that production appears to be unaffected by the shakeup, because I cannot possibly wait a day later than October 16 to satisfy my zombie itch.

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