So what is really going on at The Walking Dead? Josef Adalian has rounded up all the dirt on the matters of The Walking Dead’s fired writers, and despite protestations from producers Gale Ann Hurd and Robert Kirkman, Adalian’s version is that Frank Darabont wants to have a hand in writing the whole 13-episode Season Two. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to go back to a staff once they realize how hard it is to run a TV show,” unnamed sources fret, but others feel it can be done with enough intestinal fortitude.

The story also reveals that the Powers TV show is back on — with Walking Dead producer Charles H. “Chic” Eglee attached; Eglee was said to be heading off to his own show and it turns out to be the long-simmering FX pilot:

On that latter point, Vulture can report that Kirkman was right: Sources tell us Eglee is talking to FX and Sony Pictures Television about becoming a writer and exec producer of Powers, a long-in-the-works dramatization of the comic-book series of the same name about homicide detectives who investigate cases linked to folks with extraordinary abilities. FX execs are said to be very high on Powers (a pilot order seems quite likely), and thanks to his Shield work, Eglee is someone the network and studio know quite well.

Brian Bendis tweeted right along to confirm this:

ok, i rarely do this. but the powers tv rumor that hit the net today… confirmed as fact!

So the Walking Dead Effect is already being felt in Hollywood — and with the Powers books by Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming being a reader-friendly, well-defined series, if a TV show does take off, so should the graphic novel sales.



  1. JMS ran “Babylon 5” just fine while writing the bulk of it. He wrote 110 episodes; four other writers accounted for the other 14 (Peter David, DC Fontana, Harlan Ellison and Lawrence DiTillio). If he can do that, Darabont can knock out or co-write 13 a year.

  2. There has been talk of a Powers show and even one at FX for a while. Yet never anything concrete. Almost more hope than facts. So that someone concrete is happening is great news for fans. The mix of cop drama and superheros should be a nice addition to TV. Not sure if FX is going to be as lenient as AMC, especially where Powers has a ton more sex and even more gore, but I sure hope they find something that works.