TV might soon see a big zombies vs. vampires battle. The curse of the undead usually spreads through bites, but it looks like TV ratings can also help more zombies and vampires rise from their slumber to walk amongst the living.
There are quite a few new TV series about zombies in the works, and it’s likely that these shows are slowly shambling forward because of the success of The Walking Dead. The NBC series Dracula and The CW series The Originals, which is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, have also proved that the vampire genre hasn’t been staked just yet, so expect to also see a few more bloodsuckers on TV in the near future.
The Walking Dead is like a huge walker horde that devours its TV competition. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the zombie show that doesn’t use the word “zombie” actually managed to best Sunday Night Football by 8 percent with adults 19-49. So it’s not surprising that AMC is working on a Walking Dead spin-off series that is set to air in 2015.
According to Entertainment Weekly, TWD comic book creator Robert Kirkman will also work on the new TV series. “I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” Kirkman said in AMC’s announcement about the spin-off. His words hint that the spin-off will focus on an entirely new group of survivors, so the setting possibilities are endless. It would definitely be fun to see what the early days of the outbreak were like in a huge city like NYC or LA.
If you’re getting tired of the way mindless zombies are portrayed on The Walking Dead, perhaps you’ll enjoy iZombie, a drama that The CW is developing. According to Deadline, the show will be based on the DC comic book series of the same name. It sounds like it might be a huge success since it combines the crime procedural concept (think CSI) with the concept of a cognizant zombie character (think Warm Bodies). It’s about a zombified med student who takes a job at a coroner’s office so that she can consume the brains that she needs to eat in order to avoid becoming a monster. She inherits the memories contained in the brains, so she’s able to help a medical examiner and a police detective figure out who killed her lunch. The show is being written byVeronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, his Veronica Mars movie co-writer.
TV series based on zombie comic books are definitely hot right now. According to Bleeding Cool, World War Z creator Max Brooks is bringing his zombies vs. vampires comic book series,Extinction Parade, to the small screen. Brooks told French site Reviewer.fr that he’s negotiating a deal for the series with an unnamed production company. However, the show hasn’t found a channel to call home just yet. Extinction Parade is about what happens to vampires when the human race begins to get killed off by a zombie plague-the bloodsuckers obviously aren’t thrilled that the other undead beings are destroying their only food source. HBO might be willing to shell out the big bucks to produce Extinction Parade, especially since the network is about to lose its popular vampire series, True Blood. The show might also be a good fit over at FX as an American Horror Story companion piece.
TV viewers can look forward to seeing more vampires in a TV series based on From Dusk Till Dawn, the 1996 cult movie starring George Clooney. Director Robert Rodriguez is producing the series for his new El Rey Network cable channel, and he’s also set to direct the first two episodes of the show. D.J. Cotrona stars as Seth Gecko, the bank robber character played by Clooney in the movie, and Zane Holtz stars as his violent brother. The series basically follows the plot of the movie-the criminal brothers take a family hostage and flee from the law in their RV, and the group eventually ends up trapped inside a strip club full of vampires. According to SlashFilm, a description of the show reveals that it “deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires.” It’s set to air on the El Rey Network next spring, and fans of the movie are probably hoping for just one thing-they’ll want to see more of Santanico Pandemonium, the snake-charming vampire stripper played by Salma Hayek in the movie. Maybe viewers will get to learn her backstory.
So are you looking forward to seeing more zombies and vampires on TV, or do you think that the undead just need to go back to being dead?