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Concerned that The Walking Dead won't provide enough zombie action for you year round? Worried that World War Z just isn't quite zombie-filled enough? Not convinced that Resurrection is actually a zombie show at all? Well, never fear - the producers of Sharknado are here, and their new series Z Nation is heading your way.

SyFy have picked up the show, which will debut fall 2014, with Eureka's Karl Schaefer taking the reins as show-runner. It'll be Asylum, the team behind Sharknado, producing however, so expect something pretty mainstream.

The show is pitched as a cross-country epic, with a gang of survivors struggling to get the only known survivor of the zombie plague from New York to California - the last remaining viral lab inevitably being on the opposite coast.

Intriguingly, SyFy's Senior Vice President Chris Regina has argued that the show is an antidote to the current crop of dark, cynical zombie movies, as opposed to an attempt to jump up on top of a lucrative bandwagon.

He's quoted as saying:

“Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre...Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph...Our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies.”

Which could all be nothing more than a marketing pitch - but it would also fit with SyFy's typically light creative touch - it's the network of Sharknado, after all. A zombie series with a hopeful edge could conceivably find itself a niche in a saturated marketplace.

What do you guys think? Will you be watching Z Nation come the fall, or is Walking Dead more than enough zombie action for you? Let me know below!


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