As zombie TV shows go, the direct approach to undead drama seems to be covered pretty thoroughly by The Walking Dead. So other networks looking to take a bite out of the genre probably need to offer a little something extra, beyond the sight of rotting corpses trying to eat people. BBC is giving us an alternative with In the Flesh, a drama about recovering zombies trying to reinsert themselves into society after a spell of violent attacks and cannibalism. And now it looks like Syfy's aiming for a comedic and unscripted approach to zombie mahyem with Town of the Living Dead, which follows a small Southern town's efforts to finish their independent zombie movie. This is the second zombie-related project recently going forward at Syfy.
Following word that Syfy ordered 13 episodes of Z Nation, the cable channel announced this week that they're moving forward with an unscripted series tentatively titled Town o fate Living Dead, which follows a small Alabama town attempting to complete their own independent zombie movie, which they've apparently been trying to do for six years already. The mentioned town is Jasper, Alabama, and the people there are determined to finish their zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead. The film is based on a town urban legend and centers on a group of friends trying to survive in the zombie apocalypse in real Alabama.
The series will follow the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to get to a final cut of their film…which could someday become a movie!
Syfy has already set a premiere date for the series. Town of the Living Dead will air Tuesday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m.. That's probably going to fall right around the return of The Walking Dead Season 5, which is no coincidence, when we consider the Halloween season. It's also interesting to note that Syfy describes this as a comedic docuseries. When we think of zombies and comedy, Shaun of the Dead is the first thing to come to mind. Edgar Wright's hilarious 2004 film captures everything that's funny (but probably shouldn't be) about the notion of a zombie apocalypse. As an unscripted docuseries, it'll be interesting to see how Town of the Living Dead works that comedic angle.
Syfy seems to be on the verge of a new wave of original programming. The network recently announced development plans for comic series Ronin, Pax Romana and Letter 44. They also have a number of space-set dramas, including The Expanse and Ascension, which will star Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer. There's no shortage of Sharknado on the horizon, and also returning series like Defiance and (eventually) Helix.
And since we brought it up earlier, BBC's post-apocalyptic rehabilitated zombie drama In the Flesh is well worth a watch. The 3-episode first season is available on iTunes and Amazon, and the second season is due to air May 10.