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Get your zombie fix with Syfy's 'Z Nation'

The holiday season is for spending time with the ones you love, drinking eggnog … and binge-watching season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because nothing else is on television. The dreaded winter hiatus is rough on any TV show lover—most particularly fans of The Walking Dead. It’s downright unbearable! Luckily, we have a suggestion to curb your apocalypse withdrawal symptoms.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Syfy has created its very own zombie show, Z Nation. The show picks up three years after the apocalypse started and follows a group of people across the country as they try to transport a human with the potential cure to the only functioning lab left. Z Nation was created by film studio The Asylum (Sharknado), and provides all the gore your undead-loving heart desires.

We had the pleasure of having a quick catch-up with Tom Everett Scott, who plays group leader Sgt. Charles Garnett, to chat about what sets Z Nation apart from other zombie shows and movies. Without giving too much of the plot away, he tells us why it’s worth a watch.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Post-apocalyptic shows and films are all the rage in pop culture. What makes Z Nation different?

TOM EVERETT SCOTT: A lot of the same rules apply. You still have to kill a zombie by hitting it in the head or destroying the brain. The Walking Dead, for example, is different because it has a much larger budget, and it’s got this huge cult following from the graphic novels. Z Nation was born out of B-movie, [George A.] Romero-vibe zombie movies (Dawn of the Dead). The writers, Carl Schaffer and Craig Engler, really just expanded on that notion and decided to take these survivors and put them into this zombie apocalypse. It’s about what would happen here in America if the zombie apocalypse were to really happen. So it’s a little bit more specific about the goal that this crew of survivors has, which is to get Murphy (the only known survivor of a zombie bite) from the East Coast to the West Coast through a savage land to try to save the human race.

We love that the creators wanted the way Z Nation was filmed to be gritty and to make the audience feel like they are running alongside the characters. We heard that a tripod was never even used during filming.

That’s right. One of my best friends in the world, John Himes, called me one day and said, “Hey, I’m doing this show.” I had jokingly told him, if you need any zombies, let me know. Then he called one day and said he actually pitched me as one of the guest stars for the show. He said, “You’re like the leader.” I had him on speaker phone when I was in the car, and my son, Finn—who’s 10 years old—said, “You have to do that show.” Because you know, zombies. John is a very talented director, and his idea for the style of shooting was born out of necessity, because with that amount of time to shoot, with that budget, you don’t have time reposition the camera onto a tripod or onto a dolly. The whole show is shot handheld, just because that’s faster. And it’s a good look.

There’s a strong comedic undertone in the show, and it pushes the envelope with zombie babies and zombie dogs. How important is it to create something original with a fandom that’s so huge right now?

I thought that with each script, it was clear that they were going to explore different ideas and be provocative about what’s possible in a zombie apocalypse. When we did the first episode, with the zombie baby, there was all this talk about crossing the line. I personally didn’t think that crossed the line. I just thought it was funny. You just have to let your imagination go. What do you have to lose? It’s a zombie show. To have an “anything can happen” feeling is certainly more interesting to watch.

Side note: You can see the zombie baby in the video below!

Do you have a favorite zombie-slaying moment on the show?

Yes—in the first episode, when I attack all the zombies with the hammer while I’m protecting a baby. When you meet Charlie, he’s reluctant to kill. He’s killed a lot of people, and he’s getting tired. The first thing you see is Warren [another character] having to kill an old lady who’s not dead yet, and then you find out in the next scene that I was supposed to do it, but I couldn’t. After the whole episode, I kill all these zombies in a rage, and it depicts such an exhausting path for Charlie. I loved having something like that happen to my character in the first episode—an emotional arc.


Gory zombie slayings, character development with quick-witted humor—how can we not be excited to watch this show? Z Nation just wrapped up its first season on December 5, and has already been renewed for a second season on Syfy. Syfy.com has full episodes of Z Nation, so catch up and get hooked! And if you’re still not convinced, check out this badass trailer, below:

Until next time … #FangsOut



TV Families | EW.com
February 23, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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