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AMC Re-Ups 'Walking Dead'

Series Showrunner Mazzara Steps Down 12/21/2012 7:53 AM Eastern

AMC will bring back its top-rated drama series The Walking Dead for a fourth season, but without the series’ showrunner Glen Mazzara.

AMC and Mazzara, who executively produced the zombie drama for seasons two and three, have mutually decided to part ways, according to a joint statement released Friday. Under Mazzara, the show has become the most watched in cable history, with the Dec. 2 mid-season finale drawing 10.5 million viewers.

Mazzara will remain on as showrunner and executive producer during post-production for the second half of season three, which resumes in February.

“Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways,” according to the joint statement.

Mazzara released his own statement, saying that his time as Walking Dead showrunner "has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season 3, it’s time to move on.  I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey."

Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd said in a statement: “I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on The Walking Dead. I am supportive of AMC and Glen's decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show's continued success.”

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