Graphic Novel Adaption Returns to ‘Traditional Writing Staff Model’:
As reported in December, The Walking Dead showrunner, Frank Darabont, considered shifting gears with how the show is written and use freelance writers for the next season. The latest news is that the hit AMC show adapted from Robert Kirkman ’s graphic novel series will return to “a traditional writing staff model with a staff comparable or a little bigger in size to Season One whose order was for six episodes versus thirteen for Season Two.”
Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Crash) has just closed a deal to be the show’s writing executive producer and No. 2 to Darabont for The Walking Dead’s second season. Mazzara has already tousled with zombies in the first season, having written the fifth episode, “Wildfire.” He replaces Charles Eglee who left to pursue a television adaptation with Sony TV of the Brian Michael Bendis / Michael Avon Oeming-penned series, Powers.
Source: SciFi Mafia
I’m supposing that besides the noise made by @sutterink (Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter) that the Writer’s Guild had some say that may have influenced this decision?
Hollywood sort of reminds me of Washington in the way that they are unlike the Average Joe who has long ago given up the perks that the privileged few that still belong to, in this case unions, cling to.