How ‘The Walking Dead’ Informs ‘Damien’

TCA 2016: “There was a cinematic quality to it and there was a type of cinematic horror sequence that I really enjoyed writing on that show,” the ex-“Walking Dead” chief told theWrap. “And we’ve been able to do that on this show.”

Glen Mazzara, who made “The Walking Dead” TV’s top drama, says he isn’t watching it anymore — because he’s too busy writing about the spawn of Satan.

Mazzara said in a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that A&E’s “Damien” has kept him occupied in recent months. (Though the Marvel Comics fan has made time recently for Netflix’s “Jessica Jones.”) “Damien” reunites Mazzara with Scott Wilson, who played poor Herschel on “The Walking Dead.”

One thing Mazzara drew from his experience as the showrunner of “The Walking Dead,” Mazzara said, is how to shoot a great horror scene.

“There was a cinematic quality to it and there was a type of cinematic horror sequence that I really enjoyed writing on that show,” he told TheWrap. “And we’ve been able to do that on this show.”

“Damien,” an “Omen” adaptation, would love to possess “Walking Dead”-level of success. Mazzara took over the AMC zombie series in its second scene after the messy exit of show creator Frank Darabont, who is still engaged in legal bloodletting with A&E.

Mazzara led the show to become TV’s top-scripted drama in its third season, after which he departed. He and AMC cited differences of opinion about where “Walking Dead” should go next.

“Damien” premieres March 7 on A&E.