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It looks like the zombie plague has finally jumped species and has infected the Animal Planet channel!

The television network, which is best known for such shows as River Monsters and Meerkat Manor, has apparently commissioned their own animalistic answer to [The Walking Dead](series:201193). Titled The Other Dead, and based on a graphic novel series of the same name, the show sees a zombie virus which infects cuddly critters and beloved pets.

"Oh deer..."
"Oh deer..."

Created by Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch - with a little help from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' co-creator Kevin Eastman - The Other Dead went slightly below the radar when it was first published in September, 2013. However, even though you've never heard of it, you've definitely heard of one of the main characters.

The Other Dead will feature an interesting array of characters including Tommy Romero, a 10 year-old cancer survivor working his way through an existential crisis, his brother Azrael, who plays in a death metal band called Decapitated, Azrael's girlfriend Justina Abelinda Cortez, a Puerto Rican witch/exotic dancer, and Chet Wayne, a racist former Army Ranger survivalist. But there's also one more character...

Yep, that's right. Barack Obama also loads up on guns and takes on the forces of the undead - while presumably dealing with the burden of day-to-day admin.

Currently, Animal Planet expect the scripted series to hit the airwaves some time in 2016.


The Other Dead sounds like...

Sources: GiantFreakinRobot


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