iZombie First Look, Show Background

Rose McIver in iZombie

Apparently, I can no longer say “I don’t like zombies”, because I’m looking forward to the upcoming iZombie TV series, launching March 17 on the CW. Here’s the first look teaser:

The show is very loosely based on the Vertigo comic by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, but restructured into more of a procedural, with a case of the week that Liv (Rose McIver) helps solve after eating brains to give herself a victim’s memories and skills. It’s adapted by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright of Veronica Mars, so they clearly know “young women solving crime”.

Rose McIver in iZombie

Alan Sepinwall has more detail, including that “Mike Allred draws the show’s opening credits, as well as the comic book-style panels that appear at the beginning of each act”, which sounds like something to look forward to. Lots more on the show’s goals and influences at that link, including this exchange:

iZombie exists in a universe where all those other zombie movies and TV shows exist, and Liv frequently rents zombie movies to get a better handle on her condition. “It was something we really enjoyed about the show,” said Ruggiero-Wright. “It’s so prevalent in pop culture that we’re having fun that she’s doing that for research. If I became a zombie, that’s what I would do. I would watch The Walking Dead.”

iZombie will run after The Flash, which should make for an enjoyable comic-themed night of TV.

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