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Z Nation: Syfy Orders New Zombie Series

Z Nation TV show on SyfyIf the popularity of The Walking Dead is any indication, Zombies are still all the rage. Now, Syfy is getting into the act. The cable channel has ordered a new TV series called Z Nation and the 13 episode first season is expected to premiere this fall.

Here’s the press release:

SYFY ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW ZOMBIE SERIES “Z NATION”

13-Episode Series To Premiere in Fall 2014

NEW YORK – April 7, 2014 – Syfy today announced Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series, which will air on Syfy, will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. “Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” says Schaefer. The show, he continues, 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.”

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”

In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport 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 rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.

About Dynamic Television

Dynamic Television is a packaging, acquisition and distribution company with a disciplined and global strategy focused on fostering transparent and integrated partnerships between talent, producers and broadcasters. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and Paris.

About The Asylum

The Asylum is one of the world’s leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like Sharknado, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation’s top retailers and its network of international distribution partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime and Animal Planet networks.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

What do you think? Is there room for another zombie series?

 

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Deb December 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I love this show. It is so much better than walking dead. Which I don’t care for that much. But this one has me hooked. Please don’t cancel it like you have so many of the shows I get hooked on your channel & then the next thing I know there gone. Don’t do that with this one. It’s to good.

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Science FIction Addict December 8, 2014 at 2:58 am

I love both Z Nation and the Walking Dead.

Z Nation’s plot and scenes move quickly, are creative and they are injected with humor which never leaves a dull moment. I always look forward to the next episode of Z Nation.

However, there are moments when I believe the creators try too hard depicting certain scenes which digress from the flow of the format. Instance although rare, detract for the quality of the program and I wish were not entered into the script.

Examples such as Murphy having psychic powers to control another person’s body movements is one. Another instance is Doc being shot in the chest and having a wound so severe, chest compressions with no mouth to mouth resuscitation are needed. How could Murphy possibly ambulate out of the lab in Colorado, even with assistance, after having CPR performed on him? If scenes such as these were not written into the script, this show would be of better quality.

On the other hand, due to Z Nation’s creativity, pace, superb acting, and humor, I believe the Walking Dead producers should take notes and rethink some of their programming. Even though I also like the Walking Dead, it is becoming slow, stale and boring in parts and those parts, unfortunately are becoming more of the norm than the exception.

The Walking Dead could use some of the flavor Z Nation offers.

Another thought–Wouldn’t it be nice if some of the actors who perished in Z Nation show up as actors in the Walking Dead?

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Anonymous December 5, 2014 at 1:09 am

Not as good as Walking Dead. Lots of cheap thrills and not enough plot – loads of holes in the universe they’ve created cheapens it.

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ZombieFan November 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

DO NOT cancel this show—ever! The humor and special effects of Z Nation makes Walking Dead boring!!!

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Bridget October 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Love it! I’m hooked!

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Brenda October 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Love the show. Can not understand why you would kill off one of the few survivors last night. I will be watching next Friday to see what happens.
I hope you don’t cancel this show.

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will October 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Z.nation is not as good as the walking dead. its still a good series. I hope when this show ends it has an ending.

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Linda Firestone October 6, 2014 at 2:21 am

When did z nation start? Just would like how many episodes I have missed. I like it just about as Wakling dead. I think it’s a great show. Thank you.

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Shell September 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

I think its great to have another zombie series. I dont think we are going to get tired of them for quite awhile.

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purplepantyeater April 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

” a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York ”

So the everyday heroes are zombies and not other survivors?

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Kat April 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm

*snickers* This should totally be the twist.

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Christine silver April 8, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Absolutely! I will definitely watch it. :)

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