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Syfy Goes ‘Walking Dead’ for New Zombie Drama ‘Z Nation’

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We’ve seen the Syfy development wheels turning a bit of late with last week’s official pickup of the TV-adapted ‘12 Monkeys,’ but this might be the cable network’s most intriguing prospect yet. Syfy will follow ‘The Walking Dead‘ into zombie land with a series order for ‘Z Nation,’ its own corner of the apocalypse that borrows a few pages from ‘World War Z,’ as well.

From Entertainment Weekly, it sounds as if Syfy’s 13-episode ‘Z Nation’ will look to do a little more than clone the success of ‘The Walking Dead,’ as the new drama from ‘Sharknado‘ producers The Asylum will pick up three years after the zombie apocalypse hits America. Only one survivor of the actual plague lives, while others attempt to transport him to a lab across the country where his blood may be able to create a vaccine. Of course, said survivor has a secret that could kill them all.

Promising to “take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” showrunner Karl Schaefer said in a statement, “[The show adds] a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies.” No cast has yet been announced, but the drama is expected to premiere on Syfy this fall, presumably around the time of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 5.

Well, what do you think? Could Syfy replicate the monster success of ‘The Walking Dead’ with ‘Z Nation,’ or will the new cross-country zombie thriller prove itself something different altogether?

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