I'm trying to enjoy it for what it is. I'm not so sure about the CDC bit, but I'll wait and see how that plays out.
The thing that has bothered me the most so far is the intelligence of the zombies. I didn't mind Morgan's wife trying to open the door. I wrote that off as "muscle memory." However, when some of the zombies trying to bust through the doors of the department store had picked up chunks of concrete to smash the glass, I was disappointed.
Back to the CDC. I expect a lot of this type of "filler" for the show. The comic has a good head start, but if the AMC series is going to last a number of seasons, it could easily overtake the comic story. I actually liked the diversion in episode four. Have you all noticed how these side stories often compare directly to events that happen in the core story to the main characters in the comic book? Merle losing his hand. The vatos trying to hold up, and keep their community safe.
I blame one James Robinson. I just watched this movie on Netflix streaming last night. It gets dark at the end, and I actually found it hard to watch due to crap like this.
There's already been two articles on this subject on Comic Vine in the past. One was... Gil Kane(?) being mugged for original artwork. EDIT: I guess if I read comprehensively, and clicked through, I'd figure out this is a follow-up to the one article, and it was Gene Colan who was mugged. I still blame James Robinson. =P