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Considering the ratings that The Walking Dead has been earning, it seemed like an obvious decision for AMC to renew the show for another season. Today, it announced that the show will get a fourth season, although showrunner Glen Mazzara is leaving.
The network issued a statement that it and Mazarra had different views on how the series should go in the future. “Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3,” AMC said, notes TV Line. “[We're] grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success. 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.”
AMC added that it was an “amicable” decision. Mazarra will remain as an executive producer on the show.
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as the leader of survivors of a zombie apocalypse, traveling through Georgia. It is based on the IDW comic series created by Robert Kirkman.
The series is the top-rated show in cable history, earning an astounding 10.9 million viewers for its season three premiere in October. Its midseason finale drew 10.5 million viewers earlier this month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, season three will have 16 episodes, with the second half starting up again on Feb. 10. Season one had just six episodes and season two had 13.
Chris Hardwicke’s The Talking Dead, which airs after the premiere of new episodes on Sunday nights will be a full hour for the rest of season three.