Syfy’s goofy zombie thriller has scored a season three renewal despite slipping ratings, the network has announced. Produced by schlocky budget science fiction company The Asylum (who has provided us with such cinematic masterpieces such as the Sharknado movies), the series was created by Karl Schaefer (Ghost Whisperer, Monk) and Craig Engler (Rage of the Yeti, Zombie Apocalypse), and actually proved to be quite enjoyable once it overcame some very big problems that plagued it in its first few episodes.
The series follows a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland who attempt to transport a former prisoner named Murphy (who is strangely immune to the zombie virus) to some scientists in the hope of synthesizing a cure. It’s a strange show that can appear totally self aware or serious to a fault depending on the episode, but it has an odd charm to it. The show recently featured Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in a cameo as a zombified version of himself, but also routinely kills off major characters from out of nowhere. That’s the line the writers are walking and they do it surprisingly well.
The third season will air sometime in 2016 and consist of fifteen one hour episodes. Z Nation stars Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show, The First Family), DJ Qualls (Supernatural, The Man in the High Castle), Anastasia Baranova (Veronica Mars, Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish, Grimm), Nat Zang, Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives, Price of Glory), Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy, Ali G Indahouse) and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23).