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

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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I'll watch it for sure.
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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.
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I hate autocorrect--I didn't mean I will "eat" the show. "Watch" is what I meant.
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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.
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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.
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Enough with the Zombie shows already. Don't writers have any more new ideas in their heads?
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Zombie shows? Well we have The Walking Dead for 16 episodes a year, and In The Flesh for 6 episodes a year, and... ?
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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.
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I don't know if I'll watch it. Reading the beginning of your review I thought: "What TV.com 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.
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Yes I will.
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DJ Qualls,nuff said.
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I can't tell if this actually sounds fun, or it Kaitlin's whimsical wording is just making a bland idea sound really entertaining.
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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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SyFy should be called "F-station Fail". Hard to believe such awful programming persists in the face of other stations' monumental tv series.

Haven aint bad. Alphas held my attention for a few episodes. Defiance seems like it could be interesting. Sci-Fi is one of my favorite things , so why does its only dedicated channel have to be so consistently sub-par. I guess I'll at least try Z-Nation.

Right now the only thing that seems to hold promise is The Strain.
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Isnt the Strain on F/X, not Syfy?
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Yup, but when I mentioned The Strain I was talking about tv science fiction, not the syfy channel. I just think its remarkable that you can seemingly find better science fiction on channels not dedicated to science fiction. Anything on fx is almost guaranteed to be good, especially if you add Guillermo Del Toro.
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Sounds promising, good storyline with solid people involved. Hopefully the makers of Sharknado do a good job (for once).
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Sounds interesting. Too bad it's on SyFy. Still haven't forgiven them all their axe-wilding so I will probably wait until the show is gone and if it's said to be any good and has a real ending to it, I might watch the Blu-rays.
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or netflix, im with u on the not forgiven syfy for axeing all my shows
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It sounds interesting. Kind of like Zombieland, but not the horrible incarnation that Amazon tried. Hopefully it will be less monotonous than The Walking Dead.
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Waltt!!!!!
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Thanks for making me LOL this morning!
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