The CW officially confirmed “iZombie” Season 3 premiere date, which will be on Apr. 4, 8 p.m. But that’s not the only wonderful piece of information – it was announced that the new season will start with a two-hour episode. This means that fans will be treated with an extended hour of watching the adventures of Liv (Rose McIver) and her friends.
“iZombie” Season 3 is expected to feature Liv having to deal with a new threat – Andrea Savage’s Vivian Stoll. It turns out that Vivian is head of Filmore-Graves, mysterious corporation, and aims to make Seattle a zombie capital. It can be recalled in the previous season that Vivian asked Liv whether or not she would like to join her zombie army. According to reports, it’s likely that the protagonist will team up with Vivian just so she will know how the company works. Once Liv is inside, she might get the help that she needs to take the company down.
Meanwhile, major spoilers have revealed that “iZombie” Season 3 will welcome back Liv’s ex-boyfriend Drake (Greg Finley). It can be recalled that the zombie hunk was killed in Season 2 when he turned into a Romero and Liv had to kill him to save her partner, Clive (Malcolm Goodwin). But before fans can get excited about the possible reunion of the cute pairing, it should be known that Drake will only appear as part of Liv’s memory.
In “iZombie” Season 3 episode 10, Liv happened to eat the brain of a mentally-ill man. In his past life, he was haunted by his wife, whom he killed during a car accident, TVLine has learned. As fans would know, that would also mean that Liv will be haunted by her past – in this case, her moments with Drake.
Will Liv move on from Drake that fast or will she finally find happiness back in the arms of her ex-fiancé, Major (Robert Buckley)? Find out on “iZombie” Season 3 on Apr. 4, starting at 8 p.m. Regular schedule will be on Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
Behind every great zombie there are great men. In the case of iZombie, that would be star Rose McIver’s fantastic four: David Anders (or “Ders,” as his costars call him), who plays zombie baddie turned amnesiac human ally Blaine DeBeers; Robert Buckley, aka zombie Major Lilywhite and Liv’s (McIver) former fiancé; Malcolm Goodwin, as Clive Babineaux, a Seattle detective who frequently partners with Liv; and Rahul Kohli, who plays Ravi Chakrabarti, Liv’s boss at the medical examiner’s office. Their characters may have increasingly complicated relationships on screen, but off screen, the cast has formed a tight bond. “When you film away from everybody you know and love, your coworkers can really make or break the experience,” McIver says. “I feel like I just won the lottery.”
The costars spilled on their dynamic…and a few secrets about each other.
Looking back at last year, what was your favorite part of Season 2?
David Anders: I liked working with Rahul a lot more. I liked the little love triangle that’s brewing between Rahul, Aly (Peyton) and myself.
Robert Buckley: I liked seeing Clive and Bozzio’s relationship. That was the first time we got a glimpse into who Clive was; the man behind the badge. And Jessica Harmon as Bozzio killed it. She was such a great addition.
Rahul Kohli: Also, I like how the stakes have been raised. How they created far more danger for everyone; they fleshed out the mythology of our world. I like how the world of Seattle was fleshed out. We’ve got a much richer kind of environment right now, far more Big Bads. With the FBI agency, as well, I like how they expanded.
Malcolm Goodwin: I also like how all the characters and all the worlds interconnected. I also love the way that everything came to an end, all that action stuff. That Max Rager stuff was so much fun. I like the way all the storylines came together, all the way the characters got to interact and how everything got to blow up.
What’s it like when several of you share scenes?
Buckley: Malcolm’s very professional, and for some reason, that drives me to be so immature and unprofessional. Our first scene together, I was just so excited to be with him. Every time, right before they called action, I would hold Malcolm’s hand, and he’d try to jerk it away.
Goodwin: He slaps my ass. In the last episode, he got Rose into it. They call action and he hit me on one cheek, Rose hit me on the other.
Anders: A lot of ass slaps from Buckley.
Buckley: If you take one thing from [this], it’s that Buckley comes with a lot of ass slaps. [Everyone laughs]
Goodwin: We get along in real life, so it makes it that much easier to jump into a scene, work with one another, comment on what each other is doing and help each other out. That dynamic brings out the best in all of us.
Kohli: We’ve all worked on various jobs where you’re not as close with other people. With this particular show, having that connection allows us to bring a certain energy to the scenes.
Do you prefer to film the lighter or more tense scenes?
Kohli: Tense. For me, I’ve done 30-plus episodes of being light and doing the humor in stuff like that; that’s kind of Ravi’s device. When we get to do some of the more emotional stuff, when Ravi confronted Major about being the Chaos Killer. And I’m kind of speaking on behalf of Malcolm here, but it was a nice change for Malcolm to also play some of the stuff with Bozzio when they were breaking up and have some meat and real tense scenes with Liv.
Buckley: Ders, what do you prefer? You’ve had scenes where you were killing me or kicking the crap out of me, and we had scenes where we were slightly nicer to each other. What’s your preference?
Anders: I like their nice stuff. I like being on equal footing. I thought that was kind of fun. That stuff with, “Oh, you’re a zombie again?” “Yep.” That kind of stuff. I liked that. I like working with you, Robert.
Buckley: Aww, Ders! I’m swooning.
Anders: If I’m kicking your ass or you’re slapping mine.
Buckley: We’re a tactile bunch.
“iZombie” won’t be back on The CW until 2017, but with the show set to start production on Season 3 in mere days, there’s plenty to tease about what’s to come.
Speaking to Zap2it at San Diego Comic-Con, executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright dropped a very fun hint at some of the brains they’ll be tackling this season — namely two that will cause a major shift in Liv (Rose McIver) and Major’s (Robert Buckley) relationship.
“In the second episode they’re on complimentary brains — not the same brain but brains that have a relationship together,” she says. “They eat the brains of a dad and daughter.”
Being that this is “iZombie” though, the former engaged lovers being a parent and child isn’t the only humorous little tilt being thrown at them in the episode. As Ruggiero-Wright continues, “Liv is the dad and Major is the belligerent teenager. It should be pretty fun.”
Just sit back and imagine Major as a teenage girl giving attitude to her dad — Liv. Season 3 cannot get here soon enough.
Hulu has begun casting for the sci-fi fantasy anthology series “Dimension 404.”
Lea Michele, Robert Buckley and Ryan Lee will star in the upcoming six-part project, Variety has learned, with Michele and Buckley starring together as love interests in one of the episodes, and Lee starring in another of the stand-alone, hourlong episodes.
The “Glee” and “Scream Queens” star will play the Amanda, an attractive, witty, ambitious, type-A gal with a warm heart, who turns to matchmaker services to suit her rebound dating needs after a bad breakup.
Buckley, who stars on the CW’s “iZombie,” will play the male lead opposite Michele. His character Adam is described as emotionally vulnerable and a bit naïve. Adam falls hard for Amanda (Michele), his online date from a matchmaking service, and drops “I love you” too soon — prompting her to “swipe left” on him. Their breakup forces Adam to confront a multitude of truths about his life.
In a separate episode from the one starring Michele and Buckley, Lee (“Goosebumps,” “Trophy Wife”), will play the lead, Andrew, a teenage introvert and video game addict. Secretly gay, Andrew is viciously bullied by classmates and only finds comfort and courage at Ernie’s Arcade where he discovers a mysterious, never-played arcade game called Polybius, and investigates its dark and bloody provenance. His episode is set in 1982.
Inspired by the internet’s “404” error code, “Dimension 404” aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. Each episode will explore a different bizarre mystery, including an obscure cartoon that may hold the secret to time travel or energy drinks perhaps causing a global apocalypse.
The scripted series hails from digital studio RocketJump, and is created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos with co-creators Dan Johnson and David Welch. “Dimension 404” is exec produced by Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dolly who will serve as showrunner. Lionsgate is distributing the series.