Every TV programmer is now infected with a zombie apocalypse obsession — and there’s no cure! This may be the secret The Walking Dead’s Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) wanted to keep “classified,” but it’s no surprise, considering TWD’s amazing ratings.
The latest entry into the fray is Z Nation, a 13-episode drama coming to Syfy from the producers of (deep sigh) Sharknado. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ensemble show will be set three years after a mysterious zombie virus has gutted the U.S.
They’ve yet to cast the action-horror show, but THR says it will follow “a team of everyday heroes tasked with transporting the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind's survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of unexpected terrain.”
Eureka producer Karl Schaefer will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Syfy Senior Vice President of Programming Chris Regina said, "Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before. [The show adds] a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It'll be an epic journey unlike anything you've seen before."
But it’s probably going to remind people of The Walking Dead, or maybe AMC’s spin-off/companion series, which is also meant to cover the zombie apocalypse but in a different way than the mothership show.
Z Nation is meant to debut in the fall, which is a real shame. TWD always debuts in October and what someone really needs to do is find a cool zombie apocalypse show to air right now, during the TWD break. This is the doldrums, not the fall when the undead are already covered.
Anyway, as THR noted, this is just the latest show in the new zombie TV trend. The CW picked up iZombie, NBC revived Babylon Fields; and ABC is doing well with the dead in Resurrection.
Zombies have been doing well on film for much longer, from Night of the Living Dead to 28 Days Later, the Dawn of the Dead remake, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z, etc.
Will you check out this Z Nation show on Syfy? It’ll be interesting to see who is cast. It’d be great if they hired Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker, Scott Wilson, Laurie Holden, Sarah Wayne Callies, IronE Singleton, Jeffrey DeMunn, and David Morrissey. Then we’d watch!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter