Syfy's New Zombie Drama Z Nation Casts Lost's Harold Perrineau and Supernatural's DJ Qualls

By Kaitlin Thomas

Jun 19, 2014

In April, Syfy announced that it was getting into the zombie business with Z Nation, a new drama from former Eureka producer Karl Schaefer. Slated to premiere this fall, the series has a 13-episode order and begins three years after a zombie virus wipes out much of the country's population (as those things tend to do). It follow a team of regular dudes as they transport the only known survivor of the virus from New York to California, where a viral lab is waiting to hopefully create a vaccine from his blood. But it's 2014 and no TV premise can be that simple, so the guy has SECRETS that threaten all of humankind. Um, worse than a zombie apocalypse? I feel like that's pretty tough to beat. Unless he's the guy who started the zombie apocalypse? Place your bets now!

Anyway, Syfy has just announced the cast of Z Nation, and you'll probably recognize a lot of faces! Lost's Harold Perrineau stars as Hammond, the leader of the group that's headed west; Tom Everett Scott (Southland) will play his second-in-command Garnett; and DJ Qualls (Supernatural's Garth, Legit's Billy) is Citizen Z, a computer-hacker who helps the team navigate the zombie-infested lands of, like, Kansas or something. So he's playing exactly the type of guy you'd expect him to play. Rounding out the cast are Michael Welch (Twilight) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) as Mack and Addy, respectively, as two "disparate wanderers" whose only goal is to survive. 

Will you watch Z Nation?

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  • spirosousanis1 Jun 20, 2014

    I'll watch it for sure.

  • cheriross75 Jun 20, 2014

    Yes. I have liked DJ Qualls and Kellita Smith since I first watched them on other series. I am kinda tired of shows and films about zombies, but because of those 2 actors, I will faithfully eat this.

  • cheriross75 Jun 20, 2014

    I hate autocorrect--I didn't mean I will "eat" the show. "Watch" is what I meant.

  • Svanehjerte Jun 20, 2014

    I'll definitely watch it. It seems like it will provide what TWD doesn't - a plot regarding the actual virus... TWD is more about the drama of survival and not much else.

  • No1Slayerette Jun 20, 2014

    I was thinking exactly the same thing. Four seasons into The Walking Dead and we've got little semblance of actual plot or strong character motivation; Eugene's appearance this past season is the closest we've got, but I imagine that plot is going to be written at a really slow pace.

    I'm not saying The Walking Dead isn't good, I quite enjoy it, and it is a great character study series, but like you said, what gives this series a chance is the idea that it'll provide what The Walking Dead does not in terms of an ongoing plot and/ or goals for its characters.

  • amf9933 Jun 20, 2014

    Enough with the Zombie shows already. Don't writers have any more new ideas in their heads?

  • LOST-TWD-PP-GOT Jun 21, 2014

    Zombie shows? Well we have The Walking Dead for 16 episodes a year, and In The Flesh for 6 episodes a year, and... ?

  • MarlboroMagpi Jun 19, 2014

    I am quite curious to see if this NEW zombies TV series will have better make up than those on TWD as TWD had set the bar pretty high.

  • ukeishiro Jun 19, 2014

    I don't know if I'll watch it. Reading the beginning of your review I thought: "What are doing review on video game now?!" Oh my mistake you wasn't talking of "The last of us"? :D
    I may give it a chance it will depends of the time I'll have.

  • TVFangirl84 Jun 19, 2014

    Yes I will.

  • Larrystrawberry Jun 19, 2014

    DJ Qualls,nuff said.

  • Sanity_Bleeds Jun 19, 2014

    I can't tell if this actually sounds fun, or it Kaitlin's whimsical wording is just making a bland idea sound really entertaining.

  • antmorris3511 Jun 19, 2014

    I'm a big fan of Harold Perrineau. That guy from Southland aint bad. I hope this show doesnt fizzle out and fail.

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