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.

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From comedy-drama to crime and horror, this guy can do it all. And then some.

Robert Buckley never planned on being in the spotlight. After snagging an Economics degree from UCSD, the SoCal native changed gears and headed to LA in pursuit of movie/TV stardom. While he found his footing in the world of modeling, it was a breakout role in the CW series, “One Tree Hill”, that really pushed Rob towards stardom. With a few more roles under his belt, the multi-talented performer found a home back where it all began, as the former fianceé to an undead coroner assistant on CW’s “iZombie”. If Rob’s journey teaches us anything, it’s to follow your dreams. And, maybe, skip over Economics.

Rob told us a little about his life without acting, that word that rhymes with duck, and how to properly pick up a lady.

If I weren’t acting, I’d probably go back to what I was doing before I got my big break- living with my parents, constantly arguing that $30 is far too small an allowance for a guy in his thirties.

My favorite curse word rhymes with duck and my mom yells it every time she gets a parking ticket. For the readers that haven’t met my mom, I’m referring to the four letter gem, “fuck”. It’s the linguistic equivalent to salt, it goes well with everything, though it should only be used sparingly.

I had zero fashion sense as a teenager, so I’d describe my style as a “cautionary tale.” In my defense, I was far too busy being awkward and not dating the popular girls to pay attention to what was fashionable. Nowadays, I keep tabs on what’s hip (hello skinny jeans) in hopes of someday being described as “stylish.”

While it seems like it would be a slam dunk, don’t wear a shirt that says “The Only Thing Bigger Than My Heart…Is My Trust Fund” if you’re trying to impress a woman. Opt for something simple: Fitted jeans, a good pair of boots, a solid color shirt and a nice blazer or leather jacket. You can casually mention the trust fund in conversation later.

I love going to Target. Yes, that Target. What can I say? It’s a magical place. I usually go only needing one or two items but end up spending hours blissfully wandering around, ultimately spending a small fortune on things I never knew I needed.

I usually browse for clothes in my roommate’s closet. However, when he’s home and I’m forced to actually shop, I like to explore around Santa Monica or Abbot Kinney and discover cool new spots. In a pinch, my old reliables are Nordstrom, Barneys, Kitson and American Rag.

I’m a big fan of Kiehl’s face products, Dr. Bronner’s Body Wash, Old Spice deodorant (scent names like Bear Glove and Hawk Ridge make me feel cool and edgy), Tom Ford and Chanel colognes, Band-Aids and Excedrin.

It’d be a crime if Betty White didn’t make the Maxim Hot 100 list this year.

source: http://www.maxim.com/style/grooming/article/outfitted-robert-buckley

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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.