Television executives are notoriously dumb. In fact, here are 40 actual notes given by network executive that prove how completely moronic they can be. And yet, none of those network notes including “We want them to come off as bimbos, but don’t make them stupid” is as idiotic as the suggestion an NBC executive once made to Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman before they’d agree to pick up The Walking Dead pilot.
As Robert Kirkman told Jim Rash on Sundance’s The Writer’s Room:
[The Walking Dead] actually did almost get made at NBC. It didn’t get made because when the pilot was turned in, the famous story is one of the executives said, ‘This is awesome. I really love this. Does it have to have zombies in it?
Yes, NBC wanted The Walking Dead with one baffling change: No zombies.