"In the 18-to-49 demo, it chalked up the biggest number ever for any drama on basic cable."
"What remains a central mystery, even to those closely involved, is what triggered AMC's move to fire Darabont. As noted, AMC's decision to cut the budget dated to the previous fall, when the network instructed Darabont to produce 13 episodes for a second season, up from six for the first season, for less money. Not only would the show get a lower budget, but AMC also decided that Walking Dead would no longer reap the benefit of a 30 percent tax credit per episode that came with filming in Georgia. Now the network was going to hold on to that money."
"this source says that AMC had its own ideas about how to make the show more cheaply. The show shoots for eight days per episode, and the network suggested that half should be indoors. "Four days inside and four days out? That's not Walking Dead," says this insider. "This is not a show that takes place around the dinner table." That was just one of what this person describes as "silly notes" from AMC. Couldn't the audience hear the zombies sometimes and not see them, to save on makeup? The source says Darabont fought "a constant battle to keep the show big in scope and style."
/soooo the same brain dead cost cutting at sy fy has spread to AMC? Lets take a well rated show and cheapen it...that should help...right?
I predict much more holds on books I will place at the local library...rather than suffer any of this pablum. As it is I double pay for AMC...in cable fees and suffering through advertisements. It seems it is too much to ask for some quality feature programming. Why not just go ahead and become full Idiocracy and show "Ow My Balls!"?
/grumble /grumble /rabblerabble