I'm disappointed in Darabont's departure, especially given his enthusiasm for the project, but I'm not disheartened. The foundations and benchmark have been set and I doubt anyone could expect a director of that calibre to stay in much more than an executive producer role in an ongoing television series for very long.
There a re a fair few Spielberg endorsed shows doing the rounds at the moment, but apart from a producer role I doubt he has much daily input apart from maybe signing off on the odd detail given his hectic schedule.
Darabont is probably the same, too many pies and not enough fingers, he's probably just got something more interesting on his radar, his legacy will live on! After all the team in place now Frank helped put together, so happy days.
"Are you guys mentally challenged? Because, if you are, then I'm certified to teach you baseball."