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Z Nation - Season 1 (US)

raigraphixs

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Syfy has ordered apocalyptic zombie series “Z Nation” from Karl Schaefer, co-executive producer of former Syfy series “Eureka” and The Asylum (Sharknado).

The 13-episode series will depict the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. Three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, 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.


Press Release;
SYFY ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW ZOMBIE SERIES Z NATION
13-Episode Series from ‘Eureka’ Creator To Premiere in Fall 2014

NEW YORK – April 7, 2014 – Syfy today announced Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series, which will air on Syfy, will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. "Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” says Schaefer. The show, he continues, adds “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.”

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “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.”

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.

About Dynamic Television

Dynamic Television is a packaging, acquisition and distribution company with a disciplined and global strategy focused on fostering transparent and integrated partnerships between talent, producers and broadcasters. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and Paris.

About The Asylum

The Asylum is one of the world's leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like Sharknado, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation's top retailers and its network of international distribution partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime and Animal Planet networks.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (Syfy: Imagine Greater | Syfy and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)
 
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Razor

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Sounds good and looks like it could be a true story. :smashin:
 

raigraphixs

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Yeah let's hope it's more like Syfy's Eureka, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, Haven, Helix, etc, than anything from The Asylum studio
 

Courtjezter

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Syfy has ordered apocalyptic zombie series “Z Nation” from Karl Schaefer, co-executive producer of former Syfy series “Eureka” and The Asylum (Sharknado).

The 13-episode series will depict the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. Three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, 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.
That synopsis make no sense to me. They must transport the only known survivor of an apocalyptic event that happened 3 years earlier? Surely he isnt the last survivor or who are the people transporting him? Are the people transporting him three year olds, due to not being survivors of the apocalyptic event? if so how were they spawned and why would they give a monkeys, surely they would be more interested in trying to watch a working television to catch up on cbeebies? and if they do get them to a viral lab what are they going to do when they get there? knowing my 3 year old she would press all the buttons turning all sorts of lights on and making up stories about how she is going to take her teddy to space.
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
That synopsis make no sense to me. They must transport the only known survivor of an apocalyptic event that happened 3 years earlier? Surely he isnt the last survivor or who are the people transporting him? Are the people transporting him three year olds, due to not being survivors of the apocalyptic event? if so how were they spawned and why would they give a monkeys, surely they would be more interested in trying to watch a working television to catch up on cbeebies? and if they do get them to a viral lab what are they going to do when they get there? knowing my 3 year old she would press all the buttons turning all sorts of lights on and making up stories about how she is going to take her teddy to space.

maybe they have not worded the press release too well, should of left out the
save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.

it does not state everyone was killed or inflected in the country. So a group of uninfected people need to locate this survivor of the said plague, who has not turned into a zombie. And then get him to the California lab.

I've added the press release, it gives a little additional information (in bold) a little spoiler-ish.
 
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Courtjezter

Distinguished Member
I figured that was the case, but the way it read defied logic, or at least mine. :)
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Harold Perrineau (Oz, Lost) Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty And The Beast), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) have joined the 13-episode action-horror series.


Press release;
HAROLD PERRINEAU, TOM EVERETT SCOTT AND DJ QUALLS JOIN CAST OF SYFY’S ZOMBIE SERIES Z NATION

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.

Perrineau will play Hammond, the leader of the group headed west; Scott portrays Garnett, Hammond’s second-in-command; and Qualls plays the role of Citizen Z, a computer hacker who joins the team and helps them navigate the zombie-infested terrain. Welch and Smith are Mack and Addy, respectively, two disparate wanderers drawn to the team – and to each other – by a shared goal: survival.

Rounding out the ensemble are Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.

Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble action-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 (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.
 

raigraphixs

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Oh damn that baby bit looks awesome!

This does just look like a TWD wannabe though... Still I'll give it a go :)
 

Rambo John J

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I can't find any info on a UK broadcast date or channel so far, but on the SyFy website Z Nation | Syfy they're saying it premieres on Friday 12th September in the US. So that's about 3 weeks away. It's The Asylum so I can't help thinking it might be entertaining for all the wrong reasons, but I'm still hopeful it'll be a decent watch. The trailer looks promising.

I checked through the thread and couldn't find the premiere date mentioned so apologies if it already has been and I'm just repeating it
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Episode 1: Puppies and Kittens

Not a bad start, does not have the darker serious edge of TWD, this one feels a little lighter, but it's still full of gore and fun. It also had a slightly cheaper feel to it coming from The Asylum, but it was not half as bad as i expected. Interested in the next few episodes.

My biggest gripe was that
one of the better characters did not make it to the end of the episode, he gotten eaten by baby z!
 

Rambo John J

Distinguished Member
we thought it was ok. We felt we were laughing with it, rather than at it. It's pretty much how I expected an Asylum answer to TWD would turn out and they're obviously well aware of just why this show exists. They never shy away from the violence and gore but at the same time they sprinkle in some silliness and there's at least one reference to TWD that actually made me and my ladyfriend look at each other and laugh

Hammond and Murphy being given the location of the group's camp by "an ex cop at a prison"

and, I have to admit, I'm always partial to when there's cheeky winks at the audience like that.

It's not as high quality as TWD but it wasn't ever going to be, and they do pretty well with the budget they've got. It'll do, it's got potential to improve but even if it just carries on how it is I'll see it through to the end of the season. Like rai said, it's not as bad as it could have been given The Asylum's track record. It's at least worth checking out the first episode if you like TWD
 

Sloppy Bob

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Pretty awful.

Some really bad acting in it and the production just looks really cheap although they have spent money on the makeup dept.
 

The_Wierd

Well-known Member
Strangely enjoyable. I can't decide if these are bad actors, or if they are just hamming it up, but either way they nailed the cheesy B-movie vibe. The gore was good and the look low-budget, but good enough. I'd like to think that the laughs were intentional, and as such me and my wife (massive Walking Dead fan) both rather liked this.
 

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