"[Weiner] held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed, s#*% rolled down hill onto [Breaking Bad creator Vince] Gilligan and Frank. No one else wants to f*#&@!$* say it, but the greed of Mad Men is killing the other two best shows on TV -- Breaking Bad and Walking Dead." Sutter claims that AMC has now alienated writers hoping to work with the network, but he's sure to note, "I don't know [Weiner], got no beef with him. Just hate that Darabont is being demonized. No one has the balls to tell the truth. [Mad Men] gutted AMC." [@SutterInk/Twitter]Io9 reported that to save money AMC hopes to take the zombie out of the zombie-based show. AMC would prefer that the cast do more of their scenes indoors. Thus, the zombies could be seen and not heard. Have the execs at AMC even read the graphic novels? They have had several pit stops on the way, but the majority of this show should take place outside, as the characters are constantly on the move.
But 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."Here's hoping that last night's huge premiere restores sanity to AMC's executives. Don't get me wrong, Mad Men is a great show, but Mad Men season 4 premiered with 2.9 million, which is a far cry from The Walking Dead's premiere of 7.3 million. When it comes down to it, ratings are king.