The CW has been proudly earning its place as the home of comic book adaptations over the past year, with Arrow and The Flash both flourishing and plans for another DC spinoff show progressing steadily. Outside of the realm of superheroes, Veronica Mars writers Rob Thomas and Dianne Ruggiero have been loosely adapting Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s comic book iZombie into an entertaining supernatural drama with Rose McIver as its lead, Liv Moore.
Liv is enjoying a steady career path and a perfect fiancé when a last-minute decision to attend a boat party changes her life forever. A sudden zombie virus outbreak kills almost everyone on the boat, and Liv wakes up in a body bag to discover that she’s a zombie who must eat brains in order to keep herself from becoming feral. Luckily, there’s a job opening at the local morgue.
There’s good news for iZombie fans as Deadline reports that the show has been renewed for a second season. Although the ratings aren’t as strong as those for The Flash, the show still has a respectable number of regular viewers; has enjoyed positive reviews; and apparently has also pleased the higher-ups at The CW.
iZombie is currently eight episodes into its ten-episode first season – and after an excellent pilot and some weaker follow-up episodes, the show really seems to be finding its feet. The cast also includes British newcomer Rahul Kohli as Liv’s friend and ally Ravi; David Anders as zombie crime boss Blaine; and Malcolm Goodwin as Detective Clive Babineaux, who enlists Liv’s help in his investigations.
Anyone who hasn’t watched iZombie yet should definitely check out the pilot. The show has its flaws and some might argue that it’s a bit too much like Veronica Mars (zombies notwithstanding). However, it’s also very witty and solidly entertaining. Every time Liv eats someone’s brain she takes on some of their memories, skills and personality traits; some might consider that a gimmick, but it’s already proven to be an effective way to change things up every week.
Other shows that have been recently renewed on The CW include Arrow and The Flash (of course), Supernatural, The 100, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Sci-fi and fantasy fans are going to be very well served.
iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9PM on The CW.