It appears to be a week of announcements for new shows that are coming out on Syfy and now it appears that all of these announcements have left the network weak and infected. Infected with a new zombie themed show called ‘Z Nation’ that is! This 13-episode post-apocalyptic series is set to debut this Fall and will show us how humanity tries to survive after a zombie apocalypse.
Here’s a synopsis for the series:
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.
Karl Schaefer (‘The Dead Zone’, ‘Eureka’) is set to be the show’s executive producer and showrunner and according to him, “Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before.” Which is a pretty bold claim if you ask me. He also mentions that the series will add “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.” Which is always nice when you see things get mixed up a bit.
Senior Vice President of Programming over at Syfy, Chris Regina added:
“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.””
So we’ll be watching humanity fight back and possibly have a way to create a vaccine against the virus in their sights! The problem is the carrier of the blood they need appears to have ulterior motives and they aren’t necessarily in mankind’s best interests.
While initially I was pleased to see a show on a network that might be able to give ‘The Walking Dead’ a run for its money, I instantly found out that the studio creating the show for Syfy was The Asylum. For those not familiar with the studio, they are the ones responsible for ‘Sharknado’, ‘Rise of the Zombies’, ‘Zombie Apocalypse’, ‘Zombie Night’ and the one enjoyable exception to their painful zombie films, ‘Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies’. For the most part they have historically given us some pretty painful to watch zombie films so I hope with Karl Schaefer’s lead on the show we’ll get a change of quality.
One can only hope.
What do you think of ‘Z Nation’? Are you excited for more zombie killing or are you getting tired of the undead?