Watch out, AMC, The CW is getting ready to make a play for some small-screen zombie fans -- and they've signed up Veronica Mars' Rob Thomas to make it happen.
The network has placed a pilot order for a take on the award-winning DC Comics series iZombie, which will focus on a young woman who just happens to be a zombie, meaning she can absorb the memories of the person who used to own the brains she eats. She then uses that unique skill to help solve their murders.
Here’s the synopsis via Entertainment Weekly:
"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."
It's obviously a pretty high-concept pitch, and the thing that gives us hope that the network can pull this off is the fact that Thomas is pulling the strings. He's proven he can write compelling drama with Veronica Mars, and he also knows his way around a good mystery/detective story.
For a network like The CW, and with the right execution, this could be a solid hit. The network already has a well-established female fan base via shows like Vampire Diaries, and the zombie draw could be just the thing for a cross-demo hit. Plus, woohoo, Rob Thomas will be back working in television!
This is obviously just a pilot order at the moment, but considering a few of the seemingly terrible-looking shows set to debut this year, you'd have to think there'll be a spot or two open on the schedule by then.
Do you hope this one makes it past the pilot stage? Would you watch it?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)