The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, almost missed out on the most popular zombie show on television because of one really strange interaction with the folks at NBC.
Shopping a pilot for a show can be hard. You have to get many people to agree to a concept, cast, and storyline that they think they can sell advertising revenue for and make into a long-running program. Many shows get altered a lot from concept to actually being on the air, and The Walking Dead almost made one of those major changes.
On a recent visit to The Writer’s Room, Kirkman shared a little known fact about the show:
Personally, I’m so glad that The Walking Dead is on AMC. Being on that channel in a later time slot really allows a big creative license with swear words and violence that they’d never be able to achieve on network television. We’d lose out on some of the most heart-wrenching moments of the series. Not only that, but many events that are from The Walking Dead comic book series would never have a chance of being replicated.
Could you imagine a world on The Walking Dead where there are no walkers? No threat of getting bit or consumed around every corner? I know I can’t.