Kurt Sutter: ‘Mad Men’ Greed Hurting ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Walking Dead’
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter stirred up Twitter Thursday morning and it didn’t have anything to do with the Emmy Awards. Sutter makes the compelling case that AMC spent so much money making Matt Weiner happy and renewing Mad Men that it is looking to slash costs everywhere else. Sutter thinks it’s that which has led ultimately, to Frank Darabont being fired from The Walking Dead and all the chatter about Sony’s negotiations with AMC for Breaking Bad not going well (reports of AMC looking to slash costs and episode counts).
Sutter paints a picture that when Darabont saw all the budget cuts AMC was requesting he had a somewhat natural “Um, WTF? We’re your highest rated show ever!” reaction that ultimately led to his ouster. Sutter says he has no quarrel with Matt Weiner but “[I] just hate that Darabont is being demonized. no one has the balls to tell the truth. M[ad]M[en] gutted AMC.”