Having already renewed eight scripted series for next season, the CW just upped the number with a second-season pickup of midseason drama iZombie.

The renewal was fully expected as the offbeat comic book adaptation was well received by critics and is well liked creatively by the network’s brass, who like the chance to be in business with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and believe in the breakout potential of star Rose McIver. While not a ratings powerhouse of the magnitude of freshman comic hit The Flash, iZombie has done a decent job in that department and sealed its renewal chances by holding up well when its lead-in, the aforementioned Flash, went into a repeat.

McIver stars in iZombie as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out — until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains: She has taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories, and she begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping to solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.

Based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZombie is from Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, the series is executive produced by Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge.

iZombie now joins fellow renewed CW scripted series Arrow, The Flash, Jane The Virgin, Reign, Supernatural, The 100, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

The CW is yet to confirm the end of Hart Of Dixie and recent entry The Messengers, which just launched but has been doing too terribly to hold hopes for a second season.

source: deadline.com

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Tonight’s episode of iZombie opened on a jarring, frightening shot for fans of Robert Buckley’s Major Lilywhite; the character was on the morgue slab, bloodied from his conflict with a large zombie at the end of last week’s episode…and for a moment, it seemed his time was up.

It turned out not to be the case — but back when we spoke briefly with Buckley at Comic Con International: San Diego, he told us that he was worried about just that.

“I’d like to live to see sweeps week,” Buckley joked, “but let’s be honest: One passionate kiss is all it takes and he’s gone. So…we’ll see, we’ll see. Danger’s fun, right?”

Well, so far he’s managed to steer clear from too many zombie kisses…but that hasn’t helped him avoid a close call, and some obvious danger coming up next week based on the teaser trailer spotted at the end of the episode.

iZombie airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

In the last episode of iZombie, Rahul Kohli’s character, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, became fast friends with Major, Liv’s ex-fiancee played by Robert Buckley.

Buckley is a cast favorite, with Kohli telling ComicBook.com in an interview that will run shortly that he thinks his co-star’s leading man looks and sense of humor combine to make him a potential superstar.

So much so, that he’s already told DC Entertainment that they need to get on the Robert Buckley bandwagon.

“He’s an elite superhero waiting to happen,” Kohli said. “At the DC offices and stuff, I’m always dropping it: There’s your Hal Jordan. He’s got the full package and it’s a pleasure to work with him.”

Of course, Green Lantern is the only member of the Justice League that hasn’t yet been cast on the feature film side, but Hal Jordan is also a frequent source of fan speculation on Arrow, where Hal’s comic book best friend Oliver Queen serves as the lead.

iZombie airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT after The Flash.

source: comicbook.com

Robert Buckley interviews his co-stars from iZombie, airing Tuesdays at 9/8c.