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With warm weather here, the time has come to crank up the AC and binge on these must-see series, from the bloody “The Knick” to the brainy “iZombie.” “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)I first discovered “Bob’s Burgers” after bingeing on a rather different show: the cannibalistic psychodrama “Hannibal.” Cowering under my covers in the dead of night, craving a light-hearted palate cleanse, I pressed play on the acclaimed animated sitcom. The show has been my go-to comic relief ever since; like its predecessor, “The Simpsons,” it can be watched in any order, meaning the lovably pitiful Belcher family is there whenever I need a laugh. Its first-rate cast, led by H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and especially Dan Mintz—as everyone’s favorite derrière-loving young woman Tina—provides in each installment a master class in zippy comic timing. Plus, any episode featuring Megan Mullally, Aziz Ansari, »
High School Redux – A group of drunken teenagers take a late night joyride with disasters consequences. As they cover up the accident, the man mysteriously comes back to life and attacks one of the girls. After Liv (Rose McIver) consumes the girl’s brain, she is taken back to high school as she and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the case. A surprise death of one of the victim’s friends raises some serious questions about the case. Major (Robert Buckley) believes Blaine’s (David Anders) deli is not all it seems to be. Rahul Kohli also stars. Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Diane Ruggiero-Wright (#112). From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Power Rangers R.P.M.) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers »
If you haven't taken my advice from yesterday and started watching "Orphan Black" (it's been a full 24 hours, what are you waiting for...c) but plan to, avoid this post. I'll try to be as opaque as possible but there will inevitably be some spoilers discussed and this is the type of twisty show where a lot of enjoyment can be found in being surprised. If you are still on the fence and want to just dive in without going back to the beginning, feel free to proceed, maybe the storylines going on this season will pique your interest and the series really can still be enjoyed even knowing what to expect. **Spoilers From Here On Out** Season three begins right where season two ended - Helena (one of many roles played masterfully by Tatiana Maslany) is captured by a military group. We don't know who they are at first but everyone knows, »
- Michael Hindle
What’S Real – And What’S Fantasy — When someone close to Major (Robert Buckley) dies of an apparent suicide, Liv (Rose McIver) consumes the brains resulting in a mix of reality and paranoia. Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) questions Major and learns of a secret computer file that may contain important details in the investigation – and finding the killer. David Anders and Rahul Kohli also star. Michael Fields directed the episode written by Kit Boss (#111). From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Power Rangers R.P.M.) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity — human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet. With each brain she »
In 2004, she made her film debut in the teen comedy "Mean Girls", with subsequent supporting roles in independent films, including "Nine Lives" (2005), the crime drama "Alpha Dog" (2006) and a recurring role in the Upn TV drama "Veronica Mars" (2004–2006). Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO drama series "Big Love" and appeared in the 2008 musical feature film "Mamma Mia!".
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- Michael Stevens
iZombie's disparate elements finally begin to coalesce in an episode that tackles the morality of Liv's situation...
This review contains spoilers.
1.9 Patriot Brains
Heroines like Liv can't have a happily ever after before the story's even had a chance to settle in, and so Lowell has had an axe hanging over his head since we met him. Anyone who watched Veronica Mars or is just an experienced television viewer in general knows that a happy couple makes for a boring watch so, once he uttered the big “I love you”, Lowell was a goner.
But that doesn’t mean the episode didn’t deliver a horde of shocking twists and heartbreaking surprises, seeing him off in a way that makes what happened in the final moments even harder to watch.
My favourite thing about this episode, though, was the long-awaited (by some) discussion around the tricky moral implications of eating people. »
When it comes to Mad Men, there are three things you can always count on: creator Matt Weiner won’t spill any spoilers, Don Draper will have a(t least one) drink and every episode will be a veritable who’s who of “Hey, it’s that guy/gal!”
Over the years, the AMC series has secretly cast — much to our delighted surprise — some of our favorite TV actors, from Captain Awesome to Julia Salinger to The Canary. And then there’s the multitude of alumni from Everwood, »
The world of Web Series is about as diverse as it gets. From format, to genre, to production quality, they’re everywhere, and some of them take the opportunity to go for a risk.
Being un-Google-able is a risk, as is being a fairly tame show with a name like Cam Girls, but the series, which hits June 1st is surprisingly layered for something that only has 4-6 minutes to get things done.
The story revolves around Liv (Kate Bond), and the journey that leads her to becoming a Cam Girl. As she mentions in the trailer, she starts at the beginning. It’s actually a well-developed road that highlights the odd, and unforeseeable turns our lives may take. A new job, a new friend, a friend’s husband who has spy cams all over his house… the usual.
The show isn’t exactly comedic, or dramatic, and those who »
- Marc Eastman
Steven Weber ("Murder In The First" "Chasing Life") Guest Stars - Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murder of a journalist working on a story linking psychotic episodes in a small number of consumers to the energy drink Max Rager. Liv goes straight to the top at Max Rager HQ and questions the man in charge, Vaughn Du Clark (guest star Steven Weber). Meanwhile, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) tries to help Major (Robert Buckley) who continues to believe he's going crazy. David Anders also stars. Jason Bloom directed the episode written by Deirdre Mangan & Graham Norris (#110). From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Power Rangers R.P.M.) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the »
It's much later than planned — though at least in time for me to finally get the ol' "Veronica Mars" poster hung up in my new office space — but it's time for another installment of Ask Alan. The hope — and we mean it this time — is to get these videos back on a bi-weekly schedule. This was recorded before my current vacation, so I had to stay away from a few questions where conditions on the field could have changed in my absence, and I wound up talking about NBC's novel release plan for "Aquarius," and did my best (with limited information) to answer the ever-popular "What shows should I catch up on?" As always, you can send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please put "Ask Alan" in the subject line. (Clicking on this link does all that for you.) Try to keep the questions tightly-phrased, though if you're asking »
- Alan Sepinwall
The CW have renewed their comic book adaptation iZombie for a second season, it’s been confirmed…
As the current season of televisual treats draws to a close, there’s more and more news circulating about which programmes will and won’t be returning next time around. Joining a hefty slate of shows confirmed to return by The CW, iZombie has just been renewed for a second season.
Perhaps this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – the show has garnered a fair bit of love from critics, and has done decent (if not Arrow and The Flash sized) ratings success for its home network, The CW.
We’d expect to see Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas back in the creative driving seat, probably alongside his season 1 collaborator Diane Ruggiero-Wright. Rose McIver will surely return to her lead role, too.
iZombie is based (albeit loosely) on the comic of »
It’s a good day to be a fan of DC Comics television adaptations. Just after news broke that CBS had granted Supergirl a series order, the CW has announced a season two renewal for the DC/Vertigo Comics adaptation of iZombie.
What’s not yet known is when the second season is expected to debut; iZombie premiered midseason just two months ago, and will wrap its ten-episode freshman year on May 19th.
iZombie is just the latest of The CW’s shows to get a renewal, the others being Arrow, The Flash, The 100, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Reign, Beauty and the Beast, Masters of Illusion and Jane the Virgin.
- James Garcia
Olivia "Liv" Moore will continue to be the best living dead homicide case solver in the business, as The CW has officially renewed iZombie for a second season.
Via Facebook, The CW let fans know that iZombie will be back, keeping the generally well-received zombie series on the air and giving living dead shows like The Walking Dead and Z Nation some company. It's not yet known when the second season will premiere or how many episodes it will comprise. The current season consists of ten episodes, with its season finale slated to air on May 19th. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
"Co-created and executive produced by Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars), along with executive producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge (also of Veronica Mars), Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the »
- Derek Anderson
iZombie is so not dead! Better stock up on braaaaaains, because our favorite new series from Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas is officially coming back next season, E! News has confirmed. That's right, looks like the CW is hungry for more of the quirky zombie dramedy's witticisms and hot sauce-doused brains! iZombie stars Rose McIver as Liv, a doctor turned zombie, who is trying to figure out a way to live her newly-undead life without infecting her family and friends. It's funny, it's smart, and we seriously can't get enough of it. The show also stars One Tree Hill's Robert Buckley, David Anders, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli and Aly Michalka. The series premiere »
Having already renewed eight scripted series for next season, the CW just upped the number with a second-season pickup of midseason drama iZombie. The renewal was fully expected as the offbeat comic book adaptation was well received by critics and is well liked creatively by the network’s brass, who like the chance to be in business with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and believe in the breakout potential of star Rose McIver. While not a ratings powerhouse of the… »
Rose McIver’s zombie crime fighter will live to fight another day.
CW has given a second season to “iZombie,” the procedural drama that stars McIver as a promising med student-turned-undead morgue tech, Variety has learned. The series, which premiered midseason, has seen steady ratings and has been second to “The Flash” among the network’s new shows this season.
The sophomore season’s premiere date and episode number will be released at a later time.
The series is developed by Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars,” “Party Down,” “Cupid”) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (“Veronica Mars,” “The Ex List,” “That’s Life”) and is exec produced by Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright, Danielle Stokdyk (“Veronica Mars,” “Party Down,” “Cupid”) and Dan Etheridge (“The Carrie Diaries,” “Veronica Mars,” “Party Down”). It hails from Bonanza Productions in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television. It is based on characters in the comicbook series of the name created »
- Whitney Friedlander
With little room on its schedule, The CW got into the upfront fray Wednesday. The network has handed out a second-season renewal to comics adaptation iZombie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Scheduling and an episode count have yet to be determined. One of several CW genre series, the DC Comics adaptation from Warner Bros. Television and Veronica Mars duo Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggeiro is the network's largest attempt to date at a more procedural-type drama. Starring Rose McIver as a girl who finds her life transformed after zombies crash a party and she wakes up in a body
- Lesley Goldberg
The CW has picked up a second season of its freshman drama “iZombie,” the network announced Wednesday. There’s no word yet on when Season 2 will air or number of episodes. From “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas, “iZombie” stars Rose McIver as Liv — a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. Also Read: The CW Diversity Scorecard: From 'Arrow' to 'Vampire Diaries' (Photos) With each brain Liv consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, »
- Linda Ge
Percy Daggs III ("Veronica Mars") Guest Stars - Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the mysterious death of a former sniper, Everett (guest star Ronald Patrick Thompson), who has been working as an instructor at a paintball facility. They begin questioning family members including Everett's ex-wife and her new husband Sean (guest star Percy Daggs III) and realize things are not what they seem. Meanwhile, Major (Robert Buckley) continues to get closer and closer to the truth, and Blaine (David Anders) does the unthinkable. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Robert Forman From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Power Rangers R.P.M.) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that »
Is iZombie's procedural case-of-the-week aspect dragging down the rest of the show? Maternity Liv suggests so...
This review contains spoilers.
1.6 Maternity Liv
When a show with two very distinct elements like iZombie is so much better at one of those elements than the other, it can hurt the entire thing. So, while the ongoing mystery, Blaine’s involvement and Liv coming to terms with her new life are all developing really nicely across this first season, we also have to deal with the case-of-the-week.
Some might enjoy the different personalities Liv adopts each week, and the procedural element that’s proven popular on other shows and other networks, but I feel like it’s really dragging otherwise decent episodes down. It might come down to personal preference, but something about the amount of time spent on Liv, Ravi and Clive solving each week’s mystery seems unbalanced, and the show »
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