Frank Darabont, who developed “The Walking Dead” for AMC, let loose in an interview with Variety about his feelings over being let go from the show, saying he no longer watches the zombie drama and describing those who fired him as “sociopaths.”
Asked whether he still watches the show, he replied: “Oh God no, why would I? If the woman you loved with all your heart left you for the Pilates instructor and just sent you an invitation to the wedding, would you go?”
He added: “There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a shit about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.”
Darabont started developing his new show, “Mob City,” soon after he was fired from “The Walking Dead.” The TNT series will debut Dec. 4, with two episodes airing per week. The plan is that the condensed season will draw viewers to the noir drama while other networks are airing holiday programming, the piece notes.
“It’s semi-binge-viewing, I guess,” Darabont told Variety. “The audience really gets to see if they’re digging what they’re seeing. … It’s so smart. If the show is successful, it will be due in large measure not just to our efforts, but to TNT’s because they’re marketing the hell out of it.”