iZombie (TV series)

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iZombie
IZombie (TV logo).png
Genre
Based on iZOMBIE
by Chris Roberson
Michael Allred
Developed by
Starring
Narrated by Rose McIver (as Liv Moore)
Opening theme "Stop, I'm Already Dead"
by Deadboy & the Elephantmen
Composer(s) Josh Kramon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rob Thomas
  • Diane Ruggiero-Wright
  • Dan Etheridge
  • Danielle Stokdyk
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network The CW
Original release March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17) – present
External links
Official website www.cwtv.com/shows/izombie
Production
website
www.warnerbros.com/tv/izombie

iZombie (stylized as iZOMBiE) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW. It is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series premiered on March 17, 2015.[1][2]

The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered October 6, 2015, and ran for 19 episodes.[3][4][5] On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a third season of 13 episodes, which premiered on April 4, 2017.[6][7][8]

On May 10, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season.[9]

Premise[edit]

Seattle medical resident Olivia "Liv" Moore is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. She abandons her career and breaks up with her fiancé, much to the disappointment and puzzlement of her family. She discovers that if she does not periodically satisfy her new appetite for brains, she starts turning into a stereotypical zombie, stupid and homicidal, so she takes a job at the King County morgue and eats the brains of the bodies she autopsies. Her secret is guessed by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. Ravi soon becomes Liv's friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued by her condition.

Whenever Liv eats a dead person's brain, she temporarily inherits some of their personality traits and experiences flashbacks of their life. Those visions are generally triggered by sights (events or objects) or sounds (repeated sentences). In the case of murder victims, the flashbacks offer clues about their killers. Liv uses this new ability to help Police Detective Clive Babineaux solve the crimes, passing herself off as a psychic, while Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv's affliction in the hope that one day she will be able to resume her former life.

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17) June 9, 2015 (2015-06-09)
2 19 October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) April 12, 2016 (2016-04-12)
3 13[10] April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04) June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)[11]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Production[edit]

Thomas was approached by Warner Brothers to develop the show while he was editing the film version of Veronica Mars. At first he refused, but Warner Brothers was insistent, and he eventually took the job.[15] Prior to iZombie, Thomas was attempting to pitch his own zombie television series; when AMC picked up The Walking Dead, it was "so similar to what we were doing, it just killed that project," according to Thomas.[15]

Alexandra Krosney originally played the part of Peyton Charles.[16] After the show was ordered to series, she was replaced by Aly Michalka, and the role was changed from regular cast to recurring.[17] Michalka was later promoted to series regular for the show's third season.[18] Nora Dunn was initially attached to play Liv's mother; this was changed when it was realized that her character was going to play a smaller role than initially envisioned. She was replaced by Molly Hagan.[19] Thomas has stated that this move was a financial decision.[19]

The opening credits for the series are drawn by Michael Allred, the main artist of the original comic book.[20] The show's theme tune is "Stop, I'm Already Dead" by Deadboy & the Elephantmen.[21]

On October 5, 2015, The CW ordered five additional scripts for the second season,[22] and on November 23, 2015, the network ordered six additional episodes into production, bringing the season order to 19 episodes.[5]

On May 22, 2016, it was announced that Aly Michalka was promoted to series regular for season three.[23]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The first season received positive reviews.[24] Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 92% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.7/10 based on 49 reviews. The site's critical consensus states: "An amusing variation on the zombie trend, iZombie is refreshingly different, if perhaps too youth-oriented to resonate with adult audiences."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 74 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

Amy Ratcliffe of IGN rated the pilot episode 8.4/10, praising the show's "casual take on zombies" and Rose McIver's performance as Liv.[27] LaToya Ferguson of The Onion's The A.V. Club graded the series a A- and stated the show is better for diverging from its comic book origins. She praised the show for having same quick-witted banter as Veronica Mars and observed it measures up well against Pushing Daisies, noting: "Television can only be better for having the voices of Thomas and Ruggiero-Wright back on a weekly basis".[28] Inkoo Kang of the Dallas Observer called the show, "dazzlingly, tirelessly witty" with an "acute attention to human relationships", and praised it as "the summer's most underrated series".[24]

The second season has been met with positive reviews. It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews with an average score of 8.3 out of 10. The website's consensus states: "iZombie smoothly shifts gears in its second season, moving between comedy and dramatic procedural while skillfully satirizing modern society along the way."[29]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Tuesday 9:00 pm 13 March 17, 2015 2.29[30] June 9, 2015 1.45[31] 2014–15 154 2.51 1.0[32]
2 19 October 6, 2015 1.53[33] April 12, 2016 1.22[34] 2015–16 174 1.68 0.7[35]
3 13 April 4, 2017 0.95[36] June 27, 2017[11] TBD 2016–17 TBD TBD TBD
iZombie: Viewers per episode (millions)
Season Ep. 1 Ep. 2 Ep. 3 Ep. 4 Ep. 5 Ep. 6 Ep. 7 Ep. 8 Ep. 9 Ep. 10 Ep. 11 Ep. 12 Ep. 13 Ep. 14 Ep. 15 Ep. 16 Ep. 17 Ep. 18 Ep. 19
1 2.29 1.99 1.81 1.77 1.85 1.80 1.69 1.62 1.70 1.50 1.56 1.80 1.45 N/A
2 1.53 1.22 1.29 1.47 1.43 1.40 1.17 1.55 1.37 1.17 1.43 1.43 1.25 1.45 1.21 1.25 1.07 1.36 1.22
3 0.95 0.87 0.75 0.97 0.93 0.97 0.86 0.98 0.92 0.71 0.78 0.77 TBD N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2015 SXSW Film Festival Episodic Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas Nominated [37]
MTV Fandom Awards Best New Fandom of the Year iZombie Won [38]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show iZombie Nominated [39]
2016 Leo Awards Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series Michael Wale for "Zombie Bro" Nominated [40]
Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series Amber Trudeau, Malin Sjostrom, Cory Roberts and Rebekah Bak for Method Head Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy iZombie Nominated [41]

Home media[edit]

iZombie: The Complete First Season was released on DVD on September 29, 2015. [42] iZombie: The Complete Second Season was released on DVD on July 12, 2016. Along with every episode of each season; both sets include deleted scenes and the 2014 and 2015 San Diego Comic-Con panels, respectively.[43]

It was also announced that starting July 12, 2016, both seasons would be made available on Blu-Ray through the Warner Archive Collection, due to overwhelming fan demand. Made to order, the Blu-Ray releases include all bonus features on the DVD versions of Season 1 and Season 2, respectively.[43]

Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix U.S. with season 3 coming to Netflix a week after the finale airs. Additionally, Netflix UK, Ireland and Canada, and Stan Australia have season 3 episodes added the same week as their U.S. broadcast.[44][45]

iZombie: The Complete Third Season is to be released on DVD on October 3rd, 2017 with Warner Archive again offering Blu-Ray releases on the same date. the volume will contain all thirteen episodes, deleted scenes and the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Panel. [46]

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