Did Mad Men cause Darabont to exit Walking Dead?

$10m deal for Draper, budget cuts for Walking Dead

 
We know Mad Men's Don Draper can be a bit of a bad boy, but did he really cause Frank Darabont to leave The Walking Dead
 
That's the claim made by the Los Angeles Times, which cites a new $10m-a-season contract AMC brokered with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner as the cause of Darabont's departure. 
 
According to the newspaper, the Mad Men deal left a shortfall in funding for other high-profile AMC shows, including The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad
 
The Walking Dead reportedly had $250,000 per episode cut from its second season budget and since AMC owns the show (unlike Breaking Bad, which is a Sony property) there would have been no room for negotiation. 
 
AMC President Charlie Collier denied that the two things were connected. 
 
“We’re investing more than we ever have before. The fact that future seasons of Mad Men were going to be expensive is not a surprise to us. We’ve taken some of the most expensive, riskiest shows around and nurtured them and managed to grow our network,” Collier said. 

Mad Men or The Walking Dead – where would you spend your money? Tell us below.

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 4th 2011, 23:12

      Bad, bad bad. Don't stifle one promising show because you want to keep milking another.

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    • Exarun63

      Aug 5th 2011, 0:14

      Mad Men needed an extra $250, 000 per episode?? For what? Extra Vitalis to grease the hair down? For what? Buying retro/vintage costumes at a thrift store?? Why in heaven's name do they need that much money for a retro show? Honestly, I've never been able to sit through an entire episode of Mad Men. I fell asleep every single time I tried. People make it sound like Mad Men is the Second Coming. I just don't get it. Breaking Bad is by far the best show on AMC. And The Walking Dead is extremely groovy! Why cut so much money from an excellent show like The Walking Dead and give it to a sleeping pill like Mad Men? I don't blame Darabont for bailing. I'd be p********f as well! If the second season of The Walking Dead sucks, I won't be surprised at all. And we can thank AMC for it sucking! This is the Original Star Trek all over again! NBC did the same thing to them. Cut the budget every year until they had nothing to work with.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 5th 2011, 1:15

      Too be fair , half of that Mad Men budget goes on strapping Christina Hendricks' bazonga's down... hehe :D

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    • hotdogfraser

      Aug 5th 2011, 1:23

      The Walking Dead is a good show. Mad Men is an instant classic. Good call.

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    • MattMorris

      Aug 5th 2011, 3:57

      @ Exarun63 Good to know it's not just me that thinks Mad Men is the emperors new clothes of TV.

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    • majorken

      Aug 5th 2011, 22:00

      FILM news?

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    • majorken

      Aug 5th 2011, 22:00

      FILM news?

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 5th 2011, 22:07

      Mad Men > The Walking Dead

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    • Porkchopexpress

      Aug 6th 2011, 15:06

      If it's true, shameful that a well received show, both critically and commercially has to play second fiddle to the demands of another show. American TV really is a totally cut-throat affair, you wouldn't catch this kind of behaviour on the BBC! Mind you, UK TV is s**t, the level of adoration at adolescent fan w**k like Doctor Who and Misfitsis shameful and even that's had a budget/series slash. 'Luther' is decent and that recent mini-series with Chitwel Eijorfor, have been ok. At least the Scandinavians are putting out decent stuff!

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 6th 2011, 17:16

      The Walking Dead really wasn't that great , the pilot was the best episode. Alot of the actors involved are weak, and the script was a bit hammy.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 7th 2011, 13:49

      Yeah I didn't really rate The Walking Dead but I'm interested enough to watch a second series. Shame it's budget has been cut but I guess after the continued success of Mad Men (which is the better show) the wages must have gone up for the main players.

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    • gregmac666

      Aug 8th 2011, 14:06

      Chances are the extra cash for Mad Men will all go on the stars fees & increased marketing, not the actual show. It's a real kick in the b*lls for a show like The Walking Dead to loose $250k per episode. Although not an amazing show, it needs to cash to make it better, both in character & effects terms. It needs a chance to blossom. Chances are the next series of The Walking Dead will be the last.

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    • bohemianroxie

      Oct 26th 2011, 20:27

      Mad Men is a better show, Breaking Bad is a better show.. Actually, they are great shows They depend on great scripts and great acting.. The Walking Dead depends on zombies and gratuitous blood and gut .. Unless it can regurgitate more, it's popularity will swiftly wan. So yeah..chose the proven.

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