While I try to figure out what my Sunday nights will hold, without The Walking Dead for the next 6 months, I’m getting ready for the season finale on March 31st reading here and there, looking for spoilers and hidden stories as the huge geek that I am.
I have wondered why Frank Darabont, Creator, Showrunner and Producer of the series, was not in the picture anymore, after developing 2 seasons of one of the best TV shows I had seen in a long time. And I finally found an article – not really a hidden story, but new to me – explaining why he resigned or, let’s call things with their names, he was fired by AMC. According to this and other articles, the Network’s Executive VP of Programming & Production, Joel Stillerman, fired our Frank even after he brought The Walking Dead to the highest ratings in history for a cable show.
And what do you do when season 1 gets praise from the critics as well as from the general public and has exceptional ratings? You order a second season with 7 more episodes than the previous one and you cut the budget by 700K.
Wait, what? Longer season, less money. Ok, that doesn’t make much sense, but the second season was awesome nonetheless.
Then what do you do when season 2 gets more praise from the critics, when lines from your show go viral and your fan base grows even more? You fire the talented bastard who made it happen. Again, it’s non sense.
After Frank Darabont was fired, Glen Mazzara took over as Showrunner on season 3 and I personally noticed – like maybe many other fans – a strong change of direction and a much slower progression in the plot. By the end of season 3 production, Glen Mazzara was replaced as well with one of the lead writers, Scott Gimple.
Joel Stillerman, brilliant mind behind this “tarantella” of replacements, is now sitting in his 15th floor NYC office making the next big decision. Sure, we can’t say the network hasn’t been rolling on a gold path with shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Man on the roster. But I couldn’t help to think about those Suits – too many – telling talented professionals how to do their job, getting into the detail of artistic choices, barking to who fights for their art and bringing their word to an artistic place where their eyes or heart don’t belong. Sounds like a show-off of power to me, one more Suit in LaLaLand, one more artist in Suit-land.
For us though – the hipercritical fans – the ultimate expectation is a good show; actually a spectacular, jaw-dropping show, something very tricky to do nowadays.
(SPOILER) So I’m looking forward to the 27-characters massacre in the upcoming season finale and I want to give a special goodbye to Merle. Let me love Michonne for being the only one able to give us a deep look into the crazy misunderstood Merle, the late bloomer who’s a mystery to himself. The character that we hated and despised and that left us with the bitter feeling of wanting more.
If you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you watch “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara. All thirteen episodes are available now on Netflix. Watch them in one go over the weekend. You won’t be disappointed.
Hello again my friends! Happy 2013. Back from vacation in Tulum and on full work mode.
I know I haven’t been keeping the blog up-to-date that much in the last few weeks, and that my friends, is about to change. I have been kept busy producing, mixing, travelling and such; so keeping up with it has been nearly impossible. However, as I said, there are a lot of new and exciting things coming up; so rest assured, 2013 will be full of surprises. Welcome back!!
Here’s a little something to get back into it smoothly…
I very recently made a remix for Mexa Records. Mexa Records is a Mexicali-based record label that has been putting out great quality music lately and therefore I jumped at the opportunity of working with them. On this occasion, the man behind the original is Corey Baker (half of Wildkatz) and he did a really superb job of getting the vibe of the song up-there and clear-as-cristal. I really got the hang of what he was trying to convey ON his original, and so I decided to go on and write a melody and lyrics to it. So, what started out as a remix, ended-up in my opinion as its own individual song, while always respecting Corey’s original concept and aesthetic. It was very fun to work on and record (which I did in multiple places while travelling) and so here it is. It’ll be out on Jan. 21st.
Also featured on the release are Louie Fresco + Jon Lee as well as a remix from my buddy, nice-guy Derrick Boyd aka. Tone Of Arc. Groooovy stuff!
Get it while its hot b*ttttttchs! Pssssssssssssssssss….. (sizzlessss) =)