Syfy Adds Zombies and Greek Gods to Its Lineup With Series Orders for Z Nation and Olympus



Hoping to cash in on the zombie craze before the inevitable backlash begins (hi, vampires!), Syfy has ordered 13 episodes of Z Nation, a new post-apocalyptic series from former Eureka producer Karl Schaefer. Scheduled to premiere this fall, the series beings three years after a zombie virus wiped out much of the country's population; it follows a team of regular Joe the Plumbers as they transport the only known survivor of the virus from California to New York, where a viral lab is waiting to hopefully create a vaccine from his blood. I guess the U.S. Postal Service is totally fine working in the snow or rain or heat or gloom of night, but they cross the line at zombie apocalypse. Schaefer will serve as Z Nation's showrunner and executive producer, and The Asylum—the studio behind such TV-movie masterpieces as Sharknado and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid—will produce the series. 

Syfy is also getting into the gods and goddesses business with Olympus, ordering 13 episodes of the drama about the men and women who banished the gods to the Underworld. The series follows a young man's journey from newbie (at, like, being an adult human person; it's not like his first day working at the Mount Olympus tourism board or anything)  to "a leader of men, and a match for the Gods themselves." The project hails from Nick Willing (Tinman) and executive producer Robert Halmi Sr. (The Odyssey) and is scheduled for a 2015 debut. 


Do Z Nation and Olympus sound exciting to you?


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No thanks on more zombies, but I'm down for a modern Greek God tale
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Erm...
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I am actually surprised and glad that with the popularity of TWD and still after four seasons, we did not get a copy cat series sooner. There was a three episode British series which was same theme but not really similar. Now I heard news here and there that at least three zombies shows are already in production and we have Z Nation now so there is still some way to go before overkill.
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So, Z Nation will be all about the US but filmed in Canada once again with no mention of anything outside the good ole USA? Pass...

Olympian gods stuff going back into Hercules and Xena territory. Probably pass.

Anything else?
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Z Nation and Olympus sound awesome to me! I hope I get to see the previews! :)
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I wish they would try Jim Butchers Harry Dresden again.
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Z nation is basically the Last of us and season 4b of the walking dead.....
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I have found it a bit interesting with The Walking Dead & World War Z being huge hits we have seen so few zombie shows. A shame its not on The CW, it would have been amusing to see who was the more skeletal looking , the zombies or the female leads.
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I'll probably try to watch Olympus. It sounds pretty good, if they can pull it off nicely.
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walking dead ripoff
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Z Nation sounded interesting until...
"and The Asylum—the studio behind such TV-movie masterpieces as Sharknado and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid—will produce the series."
Never mind.
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It's going to be zombienado!
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Syfy's latest hit...
"Zombies verses Insurance Salesmen - Redux".

Syfy sucks.
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Zombies are everywhere these days. We should train how to survive http://furg.net/category/zombie-games/
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Riding on coat-tails, I'd say -- not that other networks aren't doing the same. Can always welcome more zombies and Olympians. I just hope they're good!
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Olympus sounds interesting. I'm wondering if they could tell the complete story in 13 episodes save it turning into nonsense that gets cancelled.

Same with the zombie thing actually. It would be nice to see a different take on a zombie story, something longer than a movie, say 12 episodes of great writing. That would be good.
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Did they try a superhero zombie romance?
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walking dead is enough zombies for me. Olympus could be interesting depending on how they portray it.
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They should make a Warehouse 13 spinoff. I'll probably watch the "Greek myth" show since I'm a sucker for those type of genre. I gave Atlantis a chance and even though it is bad in many ways, I like it as a guilty pleasure. Syfy always deliver on campy lame shows that can sometimes be more adorable than frustrating.
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Frankly I won't be watching either of these series. Merlin and Haven are the only 2 series that Syfy either has aired or currently airs that I watch.
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The shows could work.
Syfy has really fallen in quality from the days of Battlestar Gallactica. Lately the shows feel cheap and the acting, in my opinion just doesn't seem up to par.
I worry that these shows just become more like Syfy's current shows.
Lets face it...any zombie show is going to be compared to The Walking Dead. I just hope that Syfy, with either show, gives it that spark that BSG had.
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I like the idea of Olympus, but I don't like the idea that it's on SYFY
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You lost me at The Asylum, I would literally rather eat wallpaper paste and watch old TV test patterns than anything they touch.
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lol :D :D
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Olympus sounds kinda interesting since HBO dropped American Gods...
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Source?
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Vampire backlash? I hope not, its about time those of us who enjoy the Fantasy/Thriller genre get a few years in. Shows like the Simpsons goes on for decades and no one says "enough animated shows". Enjoy your shows and let us enjoy ours.

Everyone thinks something stinks and has their own preferences, but a lot seem to like to trash other people choices her online.
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"...a team of regular Joe the Plumbers...[with mullets]", or that's some bat shit script that'll never work. Ask TWD writers, they seem to think so.
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I think it is time to dust off the word DRECK and revitalize it. Asylum please. If only anyone in your employ had any talent. Any. Then maybe another zombie related show might be vaguely interesting.
As for a show wrapped around Olympus...all I have to say is, 'help me Herc, help me.' come to think of it, let's add DRIVAL to DRECK and cover all our bases.
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They sound awful. Greek mythology has never been done well, though I do forgive the liberties that "Atlantis" takes. And I don't quite understand Z Nation. Is it a bunch of Zombie Joe the Plumbers escorting the survivor, or is it other survivors escorting him because then why does this one survivor matter?
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I think it meant the survivor is immune to the zombie virus
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Had it been the former, that could have been an awesome show. Though I guess that would necessitate some sort of conscious Zombies or some non-brain dead undead.
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I might watch Olympus, but won't be watching Z Nation. I never got into the zombie craze to begin with (well besides Plants vs Zombies).
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Z Nation didnt sound completely horrible until you mentioned The Asylum, at which point I was convinced you're just trolling us. Olympus sounds vaguely similar to a Greek version of The Almighty Johnsons, but nowhere near as good. Good thing Syfy is ending Warehouse 13 and Being Human to make room for these masterpieces........
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Olympus sounds good, I've been waiting for someone to do Greek gods and goddesses, it's a great platform it explore it's interesting and dark history, hope they do it well and if it's syfy then hopefully we'll get a hint of darkness.
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I cant get into any syfy show. The channel is just garbage and associated with low budget, awful writing and dialogue. These shows will may have good premise like Helix but will be awful.
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Yeah I agree. Helix's pilot was promising. Then it went downhill. Most of these shows just aren't executed properly, it's a shame.
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These shows sound good.
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Syfy has yet to produce a series I can stay interested in and enjoy, and unfortunately these offerings don't give me much hope either.

Z Nation has the chance to be popular for them, and I'll undoubtedly watch, but that logline is just too familiar to sound intriguing at this stage.

Olympus' premise sounds far better, but somehow I doubt Syfy will be able to give the series a significant enough budget an epic story like that deserves.
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There's been a backlash against vampire shows? As much as I want that to be true, I haven't seen the evidence so far.
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Both sound bad. How 'bout SyFy keep showing Canadian offerings.
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Because there aren't any Canadian offerings worth watching.
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Continuum isn't bad. It's Canadian right?
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Seeing the names The Asylum or Stage 6 on any media is pretty much an instant avoid for me.

Also a continuing "Screw you" to Syfy for cancelling Alphas.
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The fact they're ending Warehouse 13 and Being Human this year isn't doing them any favors either. To say nothing of the lackluster offerings of Defiance this summer and the fairly bland Helix not due to return til early next year. Gonna be a whole lot of tightly crossed fingers once Haven comes back around.
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I think Haven's season 5 will be its last. SyFy doesn't seem to let its scripted shows go past 5 seasons (some end at 4) and that massive episode order allows them to milk the show into 2015.
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Agreed! They cancelled Alphas, Warehouse 13, Eureka and Being Human. Syfy sucks.
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I loved alphas
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They had David Strathairn doing a sci-fi show and he was awesome in it and it was a very good show and they canceled it. I second your 'screw you' to this lame ass child of NBC-Universal.
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Where did I hear this before? Zombies and trying to bring the one guy that will make it possible to overcome the zombie apocalypse to a big city. Thinking, thinking, thinking, oh yeah, I remember, last season of The Walking Dead.........
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Actually, I'm thinking it's more similiar to Last of Us... one person survive a virus and someone need to escort him/her to a lab to produce vaccine
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That is a game, not a tv series .......
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Exactly. My first thought as well . . .
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Noooooooooo!They're using a similar plot story-line from the Walking Dead??!!??I Seriously,I need to keep up with current events.0_o
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But not sci-fi, never sci-fi on Syfy, the former Sci-Fi Channel. Burn in hell, Siffy.
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Yeah, yeah, yeah - I've heard again and again that you and SyFy had a horrible break up and that you want to forget it forever but it still keeps you too mad to sleep at night with the tear-soaked pillow. All of us want you to move on to the network that will treat you right, the way you deserve and so you can enjoy life again. Stay strong, sweet soul.
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I understand, i really do. I quit SYFY, after they cancelled Caprica. But i went back Helix, and picked up Continuum. I really enjoy both shows. I know that Continuum, is a Canadian produced show, but SYFY broadcasts it here in the US.
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Continuum is excellent.
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I tried Continuum, it didn't do much for me so I bailed I think at the end of season 1, maybe earlier. They also canceled show after show that I liked, and now I can't even feel compelled to DVR Face Off because, as much as I enjoyed the works, it's still repetitive "reality contest" editing that grates after time. Now it's just the last handful of Warehouse 13 and I'm divested in them completely, I think.
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I know what you're saying. The ruined Sliders, then cancelled it. They cancelled Farscape, Stargate Atlantis, and Eureka, far too soon. Caprica was the final straw for me.But then, a lot of people were hyping Helix, before it's premier, so i gave it a try. I like it, even though it's over the top. It's a fun show.

I kept seeing commercials for Continuum, so i tried it on AMAZON. The first season was very average. But season 2 really gripped me. It's a very layered series.

But i get it. I quit FOX for several years. But do to some arm twisting i gave Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human a try. I figure, if i can go back to FOX, after losing about a dozen shows, i can give SYFY a try again. But notice, i only watch a few from each. 90% of the tv i watch is sci-fi/ horror/ fantasy. Continuum and Helix are in my top 15.
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I think it was Alphas that really broke me of Siffy. It's like, you can find money for a COOKING show but you can't put on something halfway decent??? All the leash you've given them in your list is the same for me and more, and it just gets worse every season.
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Well for me with Being Human over I have only Lost Girl and Continuum and honestly Lost Girl has been all over the place lately with too much filler. I only ever tune to Syfy on Mondays unfortunately.
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The original creator of Lost Girl (Michelle Lovretta) is developing a new sci-fi bounty hunter series called Killjoys for SPACE channel in Canada. I suspect if it does well and is cheap to import it will land on Syfy.
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Your comment reminded me, not trusting Siffy is a big part of why I didn't get into Helix, the shows they do keep too often end up uneven.
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Z Nation sounds kind of like Zombieland, which I always thought would make a great show, until Amazon tried it out. Eureka was a favorite of mine so I will be glad to give it a shot. Hopefully he can get some of the gang from Eureka back together because not a lot of them are on TV right now and they should be.

The Olympus thing sounds all right, but then again so did Bitten.
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Well, Ferguson is the new Maytag repair man, which is stupid unless you like his appliance impersonations. I miss Gordon Jump more now.
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Seriously? How the hell did Ferguson not get picked up by some show?
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Z Nation sounds like a cross between zombies and the UK show Survivors.. so the person they're transporting means they had the virus and got better? that's kind of glossed over.. I may watch Olympus, depends on the cast.

I wish Syfy would actually pick up some SCIENCE FICTION again. all of their shows, except for Helix and maybe Defiance which got more supernatural and too soapy for it's own good, are fantasy or supernatural shows. (and Continuum doesn't count because it's not a Syfy show)
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With The Asylum producing Z Nation, I'm sure it'll be up to the extremely high standards they have maintained in the past...snicker..chuckle...
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Well,one thing SYFY's new zombie series won't have is........THIS GUY!!!

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With this title, I was hoping for a series about zombie Greek Gods.
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Yes I'd watch this. How do you become a show runner because I've ideas about a show where Zombie trees attack and kill and at humanity just for the heck of it!
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Will Rush do the soundtrack?

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so the Z Nation plot sounds a bit like the failed Amazon Zombieland pilot...at least the whole cross country trip in a zombie infested world aspect of it.
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Sooooooo......will this new zombie series have special guest appearances of.......Sharknados?;)
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Or...Zombeavers...?...;)
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LOL!!!!!!
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Don't say it, don't say it.... "Zombies are the new vampires." Crap, I said it.

I don't care. If it's fun, and has a good story, I'm all for it. I'm not looking for Sharknado campy though, or all-action. I could use some sci-fi with my Syfy.
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