Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Calling all Spokane-area zombie extras for a new TV show

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Calling all Spokane-area zombie extras for a new TV show
Practice your best zombie scowls, Spokane. Some inspiration from (clockwise from top left) Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead, Zombieland and Dawn of the Dead.

This week SyFy announced it ordered a new zombie TV show called Z Nation — and it’s going to be filmed here in Spokane. Big Fish NW Talent is looking for hundreds of Spokane-area extras for the 13 episodes, and they’re casting for a “variety of sizes, shapes & colors.” Those who are interested should register with them here.

Z Nation is from the same production company that introduced the world to Sharknado, so expect a different tone than, say, The Walking Dead. SyFy describes it as a “unique new journey into the long-established zombie genre” that offers hope instead of “existential despair.”

“Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” showrunner Karl Schaefer said in the show announcement.

The show begins three years after a zombie virus swept the nation, with a team of heroes attempting to transport the only known virus survivor across the country to develop a vaccine from his blood. They’re traveling from New York to California, with Spokane presumably standing in for the “three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America” they must traverse.

Z Nation is expected to debut this fall.

UPDATE: Those who'd like to be extras should register with one of three local agencies: Big Fish NW (mentioned above), Flannel Background (register here) or The View Talent Agency.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...