Rob Zombie talks iThomas. Or something like that.
Hero/monster Rob Thomas, who brought us Veronica Mars and then brought back 90210, has a new TV show in the works about a hero/monster who eats brains and solves murders.
Called iZombie but not actually about the living corpse of Steve Jobs, this CW dramedy is centered around smart, capable (yet adorable) young woman who’s trying to hide the fact that she’s a zombie from her friends and family by getting a job at the morgue and only eating brains there. Sounds reasonable so far. Every episode features our undead heroine, Liv Moore,* dining on some poor dead schmuck’s gray matter, gaining the memories of said dead person, then solving that person’s murder.
Sounds like an awesome reboot of Murder, She Wrote, but Rob Thomas would really much rather you think Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
I think iZombie is more like Buffy than Veronica Mars was like Buffy. Veronica was very real world. There were no monsters in it. There was not a lot of action or violence in it. iZombie will have a bit more of that. Veronica Mars, we were really serious about trying to write great mysteries and spending a lot of our beats and story points on that. I think on iZombie, we’re going to spend a little more time trying to get to fun zombie moments. We don’t want it just to be a “zombie solves a murder case,” each week. We want there to be a real, zombie mythology and zombie story lines. I would say in Veronica Mars there was always a big murder case that encompassed the season. In iZombie, there’s a big zombie storyline that will sort of serve as the same role.
(Read the full interview with Rob Thomas and iZombie star Rose McIver over at io9.com.)
Although the zombie craze is finally on its way out and the show’s title is lame at best, HNTP is betting on iZombie to be a clear winner this fall. We trust Rob Thomas to give his latest creation enough wit and charm to sell the unique “adorable zombie girl” premise.
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