Syfy jumps on the zombie bandwagon with new series ‘Z Nation’

Syfy announced April 6 in a press release they will debut their own zombie horror show, “Z Nation,” this fall. The 13-episode series will focus on the struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.

Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it?

The series will be produced by The Asylum, the company that brought us the pop culture phenomenon “Sharknado,” so this show might have a little more dark humor than that other zombie show, “The Walking Dead.” Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Karl Schaefer — whose previous credits include “Eerie Indiana,” “Eureka,” and “The Dead Zone” — will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

“‘Z Nation’ will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” said Schaefer in the press release. He also said 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.”

It isn’t clear whether the show will play up any humor, but Syfy’s Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, said it wouldn’t be as bleak as other zombie series, without specifically naming the show he was obviously referring to.

“‘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.”

“Z Nation” will pick up the story three years after the apocalypse, where survivors have found one person who seems immune to the zombie virus, and holds the key to a cure in his blood. But it won’t be that simple, because apparently our potential world-saving hero has a secret he’s keeping from those trying to transport and protect him.


Tonight on TV: ‘The Walking Dead’ (spoilers)

Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) dropped a major bombshell last week at the end of “The Walking Dead,” when she quietly confessed to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that she had killed the two members of the group and burned the bodies. You know… the motherly one. Who saw that coming?

You got some ‘splainin’ to do, Carol.

The obvious guess is it was her way of trying to contain the virus. Which obviously failed, giving us all new context to her behavior earlier in the episode when she told Tyreese (Chad Coleman) how sorry she was, how she’d check in on his sister for him and vented her frustration by kicking over water containers.

But how on earth does Rick handle this now? Now Carol is going off cockeyed and just doing whatever she wants without input from anyone else. How can he look Tyreese on the face knowing what he knows?

And speaking of Tyreese, he and the rest of his band of merry robbers on a mission to get antibiotics before people start doing ran into a little snag. Actually, more than a little… try a “superherd” of walkers stranding them by the roadside. And by superherd, I mean hundreds for as far as the eye could see down the road.

Will they get the medicine in time? And how do you think Rick will handle this info he just got dumped on him? Will he put his “symbolic hat” back on? (What the hell was Marilyn Manson on last week on The Talking Dead?”)

Check out the preview video, gallery photos, and the new episode tonight on AMC.

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Tonight on TV: ‘The Walking Dead’ spoilers

Prepare for all hell to break loose tonight on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” after a relatively peaceful premiere… except that whole zombies dropping from the sky thing. And when we left off at the end, we had one poor prison gang resident who seems to have died of some kind of mystery illness, and turned. While everyone else was still sleeping.

That just ain’t good.

A few mild spoilers:

Last week on “The Talking Dead,” producers already revealed that the proverbial poop is about to hit the fan, and that the premiere was a set up of how peaceful things have been, so they can tear that peace to shreds. They also dropped a bomb by revealing that there is an illness and an airborne one at that, so a deadly illness sweeping through, killing people and causing them to turn as all the dead do without a bullet to the brain… well, that’s a problem that could make the Governor look tame.

They also dished a bit on romance rumors for Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the rather uncomfortably long hug with Beth (Emily Kinney.) Is it misdirection for a hook up with Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), or are Beth  and Daryl maybe the next love match?

I suppose that’s all pretty frivolous thinking when you have a walker running loose in the prison compound turning god-knows-how-many-people before he’s discovered, and from the looks of  the video clip below, they don’t seem to discover him right away, unless this is after that crisis.

What do you think will happen tonight? How many will die before they discover this guy? Will Daryl get lucky? And where is that pesky Governor?

Check out the video and photos from this episode of “The Walking Dead” in the gallery below.

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Tonight on TV: The Walking Dead premiere (spoilers)


Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride). Photo Credit:Gene Page/AMC

Fans of the AMC phenomenon “The Walking Dead” finally get their fix tonight as Season 4 kicks off. Now, mild spoilers may ensue below, but first of all, let’s talk about that photo above. After some dynamic, uh… tension between Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) in previous seasons, is this a friendly gesture, or a wee bit more?

Now, we don’t know where or when, but we do know you haven’t seen the last of the Governor and we’re getting some new characters this season. Rumor also has it one episode will follow the comic to the “T,” but no word on which one. But hey, you were planning on watching anyway, right?

Here’s an Episode 1 teaser trailer:

Wanna see some photos of tonight’s episode? Check out the gallery below and also check out the bonus video on what makes a badass, featuring Norman Reedus.If you want to a quick drinking game, I suggest you drink every time he says “badass.”

Tune in to AMC tonight for the premiere of “The Walking Dead” and don’t forget to watch “The Talking Dead” afterwards. And comment below on what you think will happen this season. Who will die? Will Daryl and Carol finally hook up? How will the Governor come back to wreak more havoc?

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‘The Walking Dead’ Sneak Peek

Walker - The Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

I know you all are itching for your zombie fix on Sunday nights, so here’s a little behind-the-scenes video on the set of  “The Walking Dead”  from AMC to help hold you over till the season premieres October 13. Looks a bit chaotic in some of the prison scenes here. Get the inside scoop from cast and producers on what to expect next season.

Other show news this week was that one episode of the season will follow a comic book in the series pretty much verbatim, but of course, they aren’t saying which one. Nice way to get tv viewers to pick up the comics, you marketing masters.

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