The undead don’t generally cut the most romantic of figures, what with all the rotting flesh and somnambulist shuffling. But the CW’s newest midseason offering could be the show to change that, as iZombie, premiering tonight, offers a surprising amount of shipping potential.
Starring Rose McIver as Liv Moore (Heh. Get it?), a 20-something medical resident who recently transitioned from breathing to not-so-much, iZombie is adapted from the successful DC Comics series of the same name by none other than Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars. Thomas and fellow Mars writer Diane Ruggiero-Wright penned the iZombie pilot episode, which is full of snarky voiceover, smart-ass banter, and plenty of amateur crime solving. When her job at the morgue leads to Liv discovering that gray matter tastes great with a dash of hot sauce—and gives her psychic visions of the last moments of the brain’s owner—she finds a new lust for life by helping solve their murders. It’s a great setup for an offbeat, macabre program that could just shuffle away with your heart.
But it’s not just crime-solving and cerebrum-snacking going on here! Despite the pallid skin and raccoon-eyed look that Liv’s sporting, she’s got no shortage of sexy men standing by.