You're a cable TV network, and you suddenly have the biggest hit in the channel's history on your hands. So what do you do next? Take an ax to the show's budget, of course.
Okay, that hasn't happened yet. But in a roundtable interview with TV showrunners sponsored by the Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead head honcho Frank Darabont expressed his concern that AMC might slash the show's budget for its second season—despite the show being the biggest original series success ever for the network.
Darabont said, "Creatively I have no complaints thus far. But I believe if they do move ahead with what they're talking about, it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?"
Darabont wasn't alone in his fears, with Boardwalk Empire producer Terence Winter saying that his hit HBO series was also looking at budget cuts.
The video of the discussion is below. Production is now underway for season two of The
Walking Dead, with the 13-episode arc set to premiere in October.
Do you think AMC is being foolish for wanting to cut the budget for The Walking Dead? With the show such a hit, what could possibly be the motivation for such a move?