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Can ZILFs Really Be a Thing? Rob Thomas' 'iZombie' Trailer

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | January 12, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | January 12, 2015 |

2015 just might be the CW’s year. After freshman series Jane the Virgin’s Golden Globe nominations and last night’s Best Actress win for Gina Rodriguez, the network must feel like anything is possible. Just announced renewals for Arrow, The Flash, Jane and Supernatural (along with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals) clearly indicate the CW has found its groove and succeeded in enticing the coveted younger (18-34) crowd, as well as a few of us half-dead 35+ folks. Speaking of half-dead; the network’s latest project is an adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s iZOMBIE, marking their third collaboration with Veronica Mars scribe, Rob Thomas.

Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, The Lovely Bones) stars as Liv Moore, a dead-ish young coroner (in the comic, a gravedigger) who eats a few recently deceased brains here and there to maintain her girlish life as just another pale goth chick. Thomas, who’ll executive produce, warns the series will differ from the comic quite a bit, while maintaining its spirit:

“We didn’t hew terribly close to the source material. In the comic, there’s a whole monster universe … and we wanted to stay strictly zombie. We really needed a story engine. We wanted a case-of-the-week show. In the comic, the character is a grave digger. By making her an assistant medical examiner and putting her in the morgue, it gave us our case of the week that we wanted.

The center of the show is a zombie you can fall in love with. A zombie you want to date. We were calling the show ZILFs. It helped me a lot that Warm Bodies had made it out in the universe and there was an example of a zombie you fall in love with. It gave us the confidence to say a zombie can be a hero of our show.”

Hmm…can ZILFs really be a thing? Seems exceedingly dangerous. In any case, here’s the trailer:

As with most CW series, iZombie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that seems to be a formula for success. Thanks to an Alias-ish undercover mind-reading plot device, Liv retains the memories of people whose brains she eats — but not forever. With each new consumable identity Liv absorbs, the old brain’s memories (and skills) fade away… McIver’s just right for the lead, and even though I’m not fond of the Veronica Mars voiceover thing, I can see it bringing in crossover fans.

iZombie co-stars Robert Buckley, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, and bonus David Anders; the series premieres March 17th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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