Staff Writers of AMC Hit 'The Walking Dead' Are, Well, The Walking Dead. Series Creator Frank Darabont Reportedly Lets Writers Go

Frank Darabont, the creator of AMC's hit freshman show about zombies, "The Walking Dead," has dismissed the staff writers of the show, reports Nellie Andreeva of

Furthermore, Andreeva writes, "I hear Darabont is looking to forgo having a writing staff for the second season of Walking Dead altogether and assign scripts to freelancers."

She adds, "The freelance model is employed by the Starz/BBC series 'Tourchwood,' which in turn borrowed it from the U.K. where the show originated. Having BBC as producer has allowed 'Torchwood' to proceed with no writing staff but I hear such a plan on an U.S.-based network series such as 'Walking Dead' may face issues with the Writers Guild."

The article concludes, "Sources tell me that no final decision has been made yet with all options open, including using some combination of a writing staff/freelances. There is time - AMC is mulling launching Walking Dead's second season the way it did the first one - in October during Fearfest."