Those wishing that "The Walking Dead" was a 365-day-a-year television series can take heart. AMC announced on Wednesday that production for season four of the hit zombie apocalypse series will begin in May.
In addition, the cable network has confirmed the new showrunner. In addition series characters being vulnerable to zombie attacks, showrunners have been vulnerable to ouster, too. Original showrunner Frank Darabont departed under vague circumstances about halfway through season two, and was replaced by Glen Mazzara.
Now, Mazzara is leaving, too, with the ever-popular "creative differences" given as the reason for his departure. With that, AMC has confirmed that Scott M. Gimple will be the new series showrunner and executive producer for the fourth season. It's been rumored for months that Gimple -- who has been on the writing staff of "The Walking Dead" since season two would be promoted to replace Mazzara.
In addition to Gimple's promotion, Greg Nicotero has been promoted as well, up to executive producer. He will join the returning Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, and David Alpert. In AMC's press release, Kirkman (who created "The Walking Dead" comic book) said:
Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He's contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of "The Walking Dead." I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of "The Walking Dead" with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.
I'm thrilled to continue the tradition of the spectacular, cinematic, horrifying, exciting and emotional storytelling of "The Walking Dead." I'm a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer. Over the past two years, it's been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I've ever worked with –- I can't wait to make some more.
Production of season four will begin in Atlanta on May 6. Sadly, viewers can only look forward to another 16 episodes, which will premiere in October.