Television is becoming such a large medium. With an endless amount of genres for shows to fit into, it is harder than ever to create a successful long-running show that will keep audiences loyal. Some show creators are entertainment geniuses, like Katims, Aaron Sorkin and Joss Whedon; however, as it goes in Hollywood, drama is paramount both in front of and behind the screen, which means that sometimes, no matter how much effort and love is poured into a project, creators end up stepping back once the show is on its feet. Sometimes their exit goes unnoticed but, in some cases, the effect was almost immediate. All too often, the show’s end is not far behind when the creator splits, which is why we have 8 shows that seriously suffered after their creators left!
8. The Walking Dead
Yes, The Walking Dead is an extremely successful show, which may be an understatement given its massive fanbase and revenue it has pulled in; however, even the most loyal of fans will admit things changed after creator Frank Durabont took his leave. After season one, rumors of drama were already brewing and, in July 2011, before the second season, Durabont “stepped down.” It was later reported that he was fired. Regardless, it didn’t take long for fans to start criticizing the show much more than they did in the first season, as Glen Mazzara stepped in as showrunner for season two and three. Season two was heavily criticized for being boring and not as intriguing, which did not look good after losing Durabont. It seems Scott M. Gimple has been able to make fans happier though, and the show is heading into its sixth season with a spinoff already in the works. The Walking Dead may have survived Durabont’s exit, but it was difficult and, at points, it looked bleak, kind of like Rick’s battle with the zombies. The show may not have died, but it definitely suffered, if only for a moment.Gene Page / ©AMC / courtesy Everett Collection