Syfy has ordered a pair of dramas, one set in the world of zombies and the other among the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.
Z Nation, from Eureka co-executive producer Karl Schaefer and Sharknado production house The Asylum, is set three years after a zombie apocalypse hits America. It follows a team charged with bringing a survivor of the plague from New York to California, where a lab hopes to test his blood for a cure. Naturally, the survivor has a few dark secrets he isn't willing to share. "Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre," Syfy's Senior Vice President of Programming, Chris Regina, said in a statement. "Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph."
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Olympus hails from Tinman writer Nick Willing and Gulliver's Travels executive producer Robert Halmi Sr. The drama centers on the men and women of Ancient Greece who banished the Gods to the Kingdom of Hades. Production will begin this summer in Vancouver, Canada and London, England. "Olympus is a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures and great story telling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined," Regina said. "It's an excellent complement to our roster of programming and we can't wait to share the adventures of Hero with the Syfy audience."
The pick-ups come days after the network ordered the new series 12 Monkeys, which is based on the 1995 film.
Both series have been given 13-episode orders. Z Nation is scheduled for a fall 2014 premiere and Olympus will debut in 2015.
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