The Walking Dead Almost Wound Up On NBC, HBO
Greg Nicotero is the Emmy-winning master of makeup and co-executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead. In a recent interview, he commented that two other big networks almost snatched up The Walking Dead. Luckily for the fans, that didn’t happen. Read on for the full details.
Nicotero spoke with the Huffington Post about his work on the show and how he is helping with the Walking Dead: Inside mazes that are being set up at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, as well as his work on the Walking Dead obstacle course that AMC set up for Comic-Con. While talking about his impressive career and working on the smash-hit show, Nicotero talked about how Executive Producer Gale Hurd wasn’t willing to compromise on Kirkman’s comic book material. Apparently both NBC and HBO were interested in the show, but only if they “significantly” toned down the comics’ violence and gore.
Thank goodness we wound up at AMC. They totally get this show. Right from the beginning, they’ve been completely trusting and supportive of what we’ve been trying to do with this series.
He goes on to say that AMC completely trusts them with the show and rarely check in with them while filming, even after they gave them a million and a half to build the prison set. You might not think much of that, but it is extremely rare for a television show to have no real network interference. For all of the fan talk about what a channel like HBO could do with some of the prison storyline, now we know that was never a real possibility. AMC has proven it is the perfect home for the show, and the season premiere continues to affirm their decision with its record breaking 10.9 million viewers. It would be hard to imagine a watered down version of Dead on either NBC or HBO. What do you think deadheads? Did this surprise you at all?
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Source : Huffington Post