iZombie – USA, TV series

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iZombie – stylized as iZOMBiE – is an American comedy horror detective TV series that ran from 2014 until 2019. It is a loose adaptation of the comic book series created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

It has been confirmed that Series Five will be the last for iZombie. Star Rose Iver recently confirmed via Twitter :

So the fifth season of #iZombie will be our last. I am therefore committed and excited to make it the best one yet! Really proud to be on a show that celebrates the misfits and I pinch myself every day that I get to be a part of the iZombie world with you guys. Thank you.

Main cast:

Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Malcolm Goodwin (The Bigfoot Project), Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders (The Vampire Diaries; Once Upon a Time) and Aly Michalka.

The series is a Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars), Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. The pilot was directed by Rob Thomas.

The opening credits for the series are drawn by Michael Allred, the main artist of the original comic book. The show’s theme tune is “Stop, I’m Already Dead” by Deadboy & the Elephantmen.

The series was officially picked up on May 8, 2014 and premiered on March 17, 2015.

On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a third season of 13 episodes. The first and second series is currently available on Netflix and Blu-ray.

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The third season of iZombie will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 3 via Warner Bros.

Seattle medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. To cope with her new appetite for brains, Liv takes a job at the King County morgue.

In order for Liv to survive, she eats the brains of murder victims whose bodies are delivered to the morgue. Her secret is guessed by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. Gradually, Ravi becomes Liv’s friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued with Liv’s condition.

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Whenever she eats a victim’s brain, Liv temporarily inherits some of their personality traits. She also experiences flashbacks which often give her clues about the murder. Those visions can be generally triggered by sights (events or objects) or sounds (repeated sentences).

Liv uses this new ability to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes, passing herself off as a psychic consultant, while Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv’s affliction in hopes that one day she will resume her former life….

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Reviews:

“The series’ fizzy, pop-culture-savvy dialogue — along with its buildup of the weekly murder mysteries into a larger conspiracy story and its depressive but determined, petite-blonde amateur-sleuth protagonist (Rose McIver) — has earned iZombie a reputation among fans and critics as Veronica Mars methadone.” Inkoo Kang, Dallas Observer

iZombie feels like just another way to do a youth-oriented copshow, even if it’s garnished with flourishes like comic book captions. So while the concept and source material should spark some curiosity, let’s just say Liv isn’t the only one likely to be left feeling hungry for more brains.” Brian Lowry, Variety

“CW is ready for a show like this just as viewers will hopefully be ready to appreciate iZombie for all its clever, snarky, occasionally twisted, brain-eating, crime-solving goodness.” Kelly West, Cinema Blend

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“Though there are brains and blood, iZombie doesn’t focus on the gruesome parts of zombie-dom. They handle the zombie business like it’s everyday business, which it is for Liv. It’s apparent even in the way she eats brains. The no-nonsense approach combined with the charms and struggles of McIver’s Liv make this a human, relatable story worth watching.” Amy Ratcliffe, IGN

iZombie has this tendency to dangle a ton of story and then just sort of sit on it, waiting for the exact right time to pick it up again for maximum impact. The result on some level can be frustrating, as seeing Peyton only once every five or six episodes and never hearing anything about her plot feels like a lost thread. The thing about iZombie’s lost threads, though, is that they’re not really lost. They’re just in hiding, waiting, trusting the audience to remember.” Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

Filming locations:

Ontario, Canada [moviemaps.org identifies each episode location]

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