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Add Vertigo's iZombie to the pile of TV shows DC is trying to make

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Chances are you didn't read Chris Roberson and Mike Allred's pop-horror Vertigo comic iZombie, as it was canceled after only 28 issues. It's a shame, because it was a great, fun, and a genuinely fresh take on horror tropes. But you might get another chance, as The CW is putting an iZombie show into development, to be written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and VM movie co-writer Diane Ruggiero


Let me tell you two things. 1) iZombie was made to be a Rob Thomas show, and vice versa. It's got a strong female protagonist in Gwen, a zombie who must occasionally eat brains once a month to keep from becoming a mindless monster. This has the side effect of giving her the deceased's memories — which often means she has to complete any unfinished business the victim left behind, like solve their murder. 2) I'm sure the title puts a lot of you off, but in the comic, at least, it's not some kind of horrible joke about the ubiquity of zombies and Apple products in today's pop culture. It's good. Really.

Deadline says that "with the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases to quiet the voices in her head" in the TV show; this troubles me a bit, because iZombie is more about a modern take on classic monsters and horror than a straight-up procedural. And in the comic, there's no medical examiner boos (she gets her brains in her job as a cemetery groundskeeper) and no police detective (although she does date a monster hunter later). In the comic, her pals are the ghost of a teenager who died in the '60s and a nerdy were-Terrier, and it would be a real shame to lose them, because that broader scope was a large part of iZombie's charm.


Still, I'd watch the hell out of an iZombie show helmed by the guy who did Veronica Mars. Of all the myriad shows in DC/WB's pool of development, this is the one I most want to actually get made.

Thanks to Earthwulf for the tip!

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I loved iZombie. It was a really clever take on zombies and the paranormal in general. I can see where it might be more successful on TV than as a comic series.