Normally getting an order for additional episodes would be a good thing and it is but in the case of iZombie that may not be true. For one thing, the CW doesn’t have the best track record for keeping around low-rated, but well-reviewed potential cult-classics. For another thing, the last time the CW held one of Executive Producer Rob Thomas’s creations they cancelled it after three seasons. I guess that could be seen as a positive sign for iZombie, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
On the other hand, if given the heads up that this could be their last Thomas and company have plenty of time to wrap the series up so as not to leave the fans dangling wondering what could have been. Now on the off-chance this isn’t the network’s way of saying “been nice knowing you” iZombie may, in fact, benefit the show by allowing the writers to streamline the season and getting rid of any pesky filler episodes that tend to drag a season down.
Once upon a time a series getting anything less than a full season order was pretty much the kiss of death, but ever since Lost Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse negotiated for shorter, more condensed seasons 22 or more episodes are no longer the holy grail of episode orders. In fact, viewers are so used to shorter seasons it’s not uncommon for them to start tuning out the moment a show starts to feel stale or, forgive the pun, lost.
Like Rob Thomas’s previous show Veronica Mars, there is more to iZombie than one would first guess. A show about zombies who walk, talk, solve crimes and other such human niceties sounds a little strange considering most stories about zombies feature them as lifeless, walking corpses that eat people. Not to mention a zombie who helps solve crimes because she eats the dearly departed brains is probably a little hard to wrap your head around.
But as it turns out all that is just icing on the cake because underneath is a show about a young woman whose life was turned upside down and everything she ever knew was suddenly wrong. It’s a show about finding yourself and your family and the place you belong. It’s a show about love and friendship and staying true to yourself when everything around you is trying to tell you otherwise.
Will iZombie ever be a ratings hit? I doubt it, but whoever said that only shows with huge ratings are good never watched Two and a Half Men.
iZombie stars Rose McIver, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert S. Buckley, David Anders and airs on the CW Tuesdays at 9 pm ET.