The CW has picked up a pilot of an adaptation from DC Comics Vertigo popular comic book series iZOMBIE created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. If you, like me, are unfamiliar with the premise, here is the synopsis:
“A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”
This sounds similar to the beloved, yet ill-fated show Pushing Daisies (except for the brain eating part, of course). I found that show to be charming because of the cast and, of course, because I don’t mind watching shows that involve dead or reanimated people.
The cast for iZombie looks to be shaping up nicely. Here are a few notable actors involved in the project and their listed roles according to IMDB:
- Rose McIver – Liv (The Lovely Bones, Once Upon A Time)
- Robert Buckley – Major Lillywhite (One Tree Hill, 666 Park Avenue)
- Alexandra Krosney – Peyton (Last Man Standing, Surviving Suburbia)
- David Anders – Blaine (Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries)
- Nora Dunn – -unnamed- (Entourage, Boston Legal)
The show will be spearheaded by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 90210) and Diane Ruggiero (Veronica Mars, That’s Life). This show could be an attempt on the zombie version of The Vampire Diaries, to cash in on the big market that zombie movies and tv shows have garnered recently.
With the success of the movie Warm Bodies, there seems to be a niche for sensitive zombies. However, fans of The Walking Dead may not enjoy this series because of it.