Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sorry Walking Dead, I May Have Fallen Love With iZombie

For the past five years I have relentlessly watch The Walking Dead. A show based on a comic book that I had never read, but quickly took interest in after watching the show in order to get a glimpse of what may be coming next. Now, a new series may be getting me to do that once again.

That new series iZombie is based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name and stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex) as Liv, Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings) as Clive Babineaux, Rahul Kohli as Dr. Ravi Chakarabarti, Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) as Major Lilywhite and David Anders (Once Upon a Time) as Blaine De Beers. RobThomas and fellow Veronica Mars alumni: Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge will executive produce.

Check out the first full trailer for the series below. The series premieres March 17, 2015.

Thomas chatted about the series at the Television Critics Association. Check out some excerpts below:

We didn't hew terribly close to the source material. In the comic, there's a whole monster universe … and we wanted to stay strictly zombie. We really needed a story engine. We wanted a case-of-the-week show. In the comic, the character is a grave digger. By making her an assistant medical examiner and putting her in the morgue, it gave us our case of the week that we wanted."

The center of the show is a zombie you can fall in love with. A zombie you want to date. We were calling the show ZILFs. It helped me a lot that Warm Bodies had made it out in the universe and there was an example of a zombie you fall in love with. It gave us the confidence to say a zombie can be a hero of our show.”

Here's the series synopsis from the CW:

Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. Now as one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible. Her appearance passes for “Goth,” with shockingly pale skin and nearly white hair, and her demeanor has gone from exuberant to exhausted.

The change in Liv is baffling to her former fiancĂ©, Major, her mother, Eva, and her best friend and roommate, Peyton, who still has the high-energy, Type-A personality that Liv has completely abandoned. Despite her post-traumatic ennui, Liv has devised a clever way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, Liv can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Despite carefully covering her tracks, Liv’s brilliant but eccentric boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, discovers her secret and is surprisingly excited about the scientific possibilities. Dr. Ravi even helps Liv in her search for Blaine, the zombie responsible for her current undead status.

Even with her boss’ enthusiasm, Liv remains resigned to an eternity as a zombie without hope or purpose – until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories. Liv suddenly begins to experience disturbing and often violent visions from the point of view of the murder victims. Much to the surprise of Dr. Ravi and homicide detective Clive Babineaux, Liv often has detailed knowledge of crime scenes and motives that she can’t easily explain. Posing as a psychic, she works with Detective Babineaux to investigate these crimes and discover who is responsible. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping Clive solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.
(via The Hollywood Reporter and Spoiler TV)

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.


  1. It certainly sounds like an interesting concept, though it sounds like they could have stayed with the original premise of the comic and had a case/monster of the week. Still, it sounds pretty cool.

    With all the DC properties that seem to be doing well on the CW, I don't understand why they didn't pick up Constantine. That show probably would have had a better chance on that network.

    1. I am definitely adding it to my list of shows to watch this season.

      Yeah, I am surprised too. I was also surprised that Supergirl is going over to CBS with it having the same producer as Arrow and The Flash. However, with the Atom being looked at as a spinoff series on the CW, it may quickly become the Superhero network, which is what CBS was known as in the 70's and subsequently why they cancelled The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man because of that moniker.

  2. I think i will be passing on this because my plate is simply full with Arrow, Flash, Gotham, Sleep Hollow, Agents of Shield and Constantine plus if they do decided to do the Suicide Squad or the Atom as shows i will be picking up on those too...man just so much to watch.

    1. Hear ya John Boy. I tend to record everything and then pick a day to binge watch. However, for me, all these new shows are as addicting as toy collecting.

  3. There is just too much to watch nowadays!

    1. Exactly what John and I were discussing above. There just seems to be no end these days.


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