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Online spin-off series from Zombieland movie cancelled – after poorly received pilot

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

Despite the current popularity of a wide range of post-apocalyptic serial dramas, the genre is still not immune from abrupt cancellations.

As a follow-up to the 2009 big-screen, post-apocalyptic ‘zombie comedy’ Zombieland, Amazon commissioned a pilot for an online-only Zombieland series in early 2013, with a view to producing a full episodic spin-off show.

Director of Amazon Studios Roy Price was enthused by the prospects for the online network’s new commission (one of 13 prospective series given the pilot treatment), reporting that: “Zombieland is a fan favourite and we can’t wait to see where this storyline goes in a serialised format.”

The trailer for the pilot (see below) generated a lot of interest in the new show, and confirmed that the series would retain the same mix of gore, horror and comedy as the original film:



However, the pilot, co-written by the original Zombieland screenplay writer Rhett Reese, was not well received, and Amazon cancelled all plans for the series, which will now not go into production. Says Reese: “I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence […] Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.”

The pilot episode is available to watch in-full online (for free) on the LoveFilm platform, and – in the USA – through Amazon Instant Video.


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The Walking Dead season four – video preview with cast and production team

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

Cable television channel AMC has produced a video preview for season four of the acclaimed post-apocalyptic zombie TV drama The Walking Dead, which will be broadcast in the US in the autumn of 2013 (UK transmission dates have not yet been confirmed).

The preview which includes ***many series three spoilers***, features interviews with cast and crew, and gives some indications as to the themes and ideas likely to frame the upcoming season. Please be aware that, in keeping with the show itself, the preview contains numerous scenes of gore of horror.



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Falling Skies – season three – trailer

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

TNT have released a two-and-a-half minute trailer for season three of alien-invasion, post-apocalyptic TV drama Falling Skies.

Please be advised that the trailer contains ***numerous spoilers*** about upcoming events in the season.

The first episode of the new series will be screened in the US on Sunday 9 June 2013. Transmission dates in the UK have yet to be confirmed


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Survivors ‘Earth-from-space’ footage – sourced from BBC documentary series Planet Earth?

Posted by Rich Cross on May 13, 2013

The research efforts of Survivors‘ enthusiast Adrian H have uncovered good evidence that the Earth-from-space sequences used in the opening and closing sequences of each episode of Survivors were drawn from existing HD (High-Definition) footage created two years earlier for the 2006 BBC documentary series Planet Earth. This footage was itself an integral part of the earliest BBC experiments in High Definition broadcasting.

A montage of footage from Planet Earth showcases (in its opening moments) strikingly similar images to those featured in all twelve episodes of Survivors.

Recycling and re-using – without question, central tenets of post-apocalyptic survival strategy!



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Post-apocalyptic US drama ‘Revolution’ renewed for second season

Posted by Rich Cross on May 13, 2013

American network NBC has renewed post-apocalyptic drama Revolution for a second season.

The drama, which “centers on a family trying to reunite amidst a worldwide power failure”, secured a twenty-episode first season and has now been recommissioned for a twenty-two episode season two.

Production on the second season, which begins in June, will relocate from Wilmington, N.C. to Austin, Texas. In the US, season two of Revolution will move to a new timeslot, and be shown on Wednesday evenings. In the UK, season one of Revolution is being screened on Fridays at 21:00 on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.

REVOLUTION -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Billy Burke as Miles,  Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie

REVOLUTION — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Billy Burke as Miles, Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie

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