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?