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NETFLIX : Save The ZombieLand TV Series

Herner Klenthur 29 Comments

Sam told you all earlier in the week that Amazon has cancelled the Zombieland TV series without even giving it much of a chance. 

Roy Price the director of Amazon Studios told Deadline that the success of the pilots that did get picked up was not just based on reviews.  He noted that 80% of pilot reviews were 4 out of 5 and that they used this in conjunction with the shows popularity as well as how many people watched it from start to finish.

No reason was given by Amazon that I can find but the creator of the Zombieland movie and the failed TV series blames fans.

Rhett Reese took to twitter and said;

“Sad for everyone involved … I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence.”

Rhett I am a huge fan of yours but it’s never a good idea to blame your fans for a project that fails. I agree that some fans ripped you a ‘new one’ over the series but the shows failure is not the fault of fans. What did we do? Just because a vocal minority said the show was garbage it failed? Not likely. If that was the case every horror remake out of Hollywood would also fail.

Nobody hated the Zombieland TV Series out of existence it just failed to find its audience on AMAZON and unfortunately the only ones who went to seek it our are the die-hard horror fans who are easily impressed and also easily pissed off.

Perhaps Rett should put some blame on AMAZON and ask what did they do to promote the show pilot? 

Maybe AMAZON did tons of PR promoting their new program but we never received a single press release about the pilot from the shows creators, publicity team or Amazon. Even the lowest budget Youtube shows and indie projects send an email saying ‘come checkout our show’ and ask if we can post on site for them.

Perhaps AMAZON / Rett Reese / The PR team for the Zombieland TV Series don’t see the value in reaching out to horror bloggers even though it was shown in Technorati’s 2013 report that Bloggers are the second most influential force right behind Facebook. If you are a horror blogger be sure to tell me if Amazon did reach out to you about the project, or anyone involved did for that matter.

Rhett is right in being a bit put off by fans since a few did come out against the show. Some Zombieland Movie fans felt the TV shows production values were horrible and the writing was just an excuse for ‘pussy and dick jokes’. Others thought the show committed suicide by using the same characters from the movie and recasting them.

NETFLIX : Save The ZombieLand TV Series

Candidly all are valid points even if I do not agree with them all. For every fan who commented on our large Facebook Community or left a comment on site that hated the show there was one who loved it. I believe that a Zombieland TV series can absolutely work and I thought the pilot despite some flaws had excellent production values, solid acting and a pretty reasonable concept that could have translated into at least one good season of zombie hijinks.

I just think that AMAZON is not the place for it NETFLIX is.

NETFLIX has established themselves as serious risk takers and are willing to let filmmakers do their thing. A great example of this is Hemlock Grove which was horrendous but still managed to find fans in Netflix’s monster user base. Why did a show that got much worse reviews than ZOMBIELAND find success on Netflix? Because NETFLIX has a massive audience and NETFLIX promoted it to their users and bloggers alike making it impossible for the show not to tap into fans who would love it. Once again for every hater of Hemlock Grove ( which I was one of ) they found at least 5 who liked it.

The Zombieland TV series will have its haters but on NETFLIX it will also find lots of fans and make new ones. NETFLIX has the balls and the brains to take an edgy series like Zombieland and make it work. More importantly they are willing to invest money to make it happen just like they have done with their last three original series.

So NETFLIX content managers if you are reading this post ( why wouldn’t you be?? ) please bring us a Zombieland TV series. If Hemlock Grove can succeed despite its serious flaws a Zombieland TV series which has a built-in fan base which includes me should explode.

Do you support the idea of a Zombieland TV Series? Hit the comments!

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      1. RickLoL May 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        Had no clue it was out yet, and now it’s gone.

      2. Dave May 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        I liked the pilot and wish they would keep it going. Being a zombie and horror fan most of my life, I liked this comedic zombie show to go along with the more serious Walking Dead. I understand fans that didn’t like it being they wanted the folks from the movie but i really didn’t see where it was all that bad. A hell of a lot better than most of the crap on t.v. nowadays.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur May 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          I agree with you. I just think AMAZON is not the right place for it. Look at what NETFLIX is doing with Arrested Development right now. Tell me they couldnt do the same for Zombieland.

      3. Max May 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        This is the same guy that cried when everyone downloaded his movie then said because of this he would reconsider making zombieland 2, now he’s blaming his fans again. Class act. Rely on your talents, not the popularity of the genre. Don’t call it in cause it has a massive following anyway. Quality and integrity do matter.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur May 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

          I had no idea this was his second go at attacking genre fans. That said if people pirated Zombieland I dont blame him for being pissy about it.

        • sretsnomep May 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          i’d be pissed about it too, but at the same time flattered. It was the most downloaded movie in pirate history at the time, that says something about the movie. granted, you will lose money, but if you plan to ride something out for money only, maybe you should reconsider the business you’re in. he probably went for the series for more money seeing how well Walking Dead was doing, problem is walking dead had a hardcore comic book following already. Plus the quality of the show is second almost to none. Initially Zombie land was set to be a series, but went for a movie instead. Instead of complaining, put out a respectable body of work for fans, and they will be loyal. Had the pilot episode been good, it would not have this problem. Zombie and horror fans like even mediocre things, they’re rabid for it. Clearly this was not enough to keep their attention. So instead of clamming up and blaming the fans, fix it.

      4. DavidStaggs May 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Well said, Max

      5. maggot May 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        It’s hard to sell something with the same characters (at least names) with out the same actors. I would love to see a Zombieland 2 with Woody and the crew. But not interested in this show as it is. Maybe time to reinvent yourselves and not blame the audience.

      6. Flux May 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        I definitely think a series would work. (Zombieland was supposed to be made as a series anyway.) But as you already said, Amazon is not the right place. And the thing I disliked the most was the recasts. It looked like they didn’t even try to go with similar actors. I don’t think it would have been better with total new characters. Maybe under another name, but not zombie land.

        Another con (both for amazon & Netflix), they won’t let us Europeans see it without all kinds of diversions. I never get why.. the more watchers the better right?..

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur May 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

          Great comments. One comment I thought NETFLIX released their original programming world wide? I was 99% on that for Hemlock Grove

        • Flux May 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

          ” Great comments. One comment I thought NETFLIX released their original programming world wide? I was 99% on that for Hemlock Grove”

          It is in some countries. UK and ireland and I tought netflix was also available in scandinavia. But still not in the biggest part of Europe, which is a huge bummer!

      7. siss May 19, 2013 at 3:10 am

        I liked the pilot ,it was undoughtedly cheesy but still had the vibe of the movie(which is all I’m asking) and since the Zombieland is the movie the made me rethink my fearful dislike of zombies…well….

      8. randomhorror May 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

        I saw the trailer and quite liked it but as a horror fan and a fan of the original film, a spin-off would have worked better. Trying to replace established (and loved) actors rarely works. A different set of survivors in a different corner of America would possibly have been received better by fanboys.

        The prospect of killing any real chance of a sequel with Woody, Eisenberg, Stone and Breslin was not very appealing and for me that was the main reason for its opposition. In reality, only Woody can now realistically play Tallahassee!

      9. Kat May 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        It was a GREAT PILOT! But kinda of confusing to watch on Amazon and that’s probably why it failed. Netflix would be much easier to navigate through.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur May 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

          I just think its hilarious I run this site and the way I found out I could watch it was from one of my writers who stumbled on it. Marketing FAil!

      10. joeh May 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        I didnt even know they did a zombie land TV show until I turned on my PlayStation this morning. Amazon did nothing to promote. I will watch it today but I can say that they need to not try to recast characters. Instead maybe a couple groups and secretly each group has a family member of the original that can be tied in at minuet. I want to see zombie kills of the week!

      11. Jana Yeakel May 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        I loved the pilot, very funny! I agree watching on Amazon was weird. Would love to see on Netflix which comes right to my TV. Had to watch amazon on my computer which is not my preference, and definitely not the majority of TV series watchers. Thanks for this article!

      12. Jason May 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Netflix would have been the place to go. I did not even know there was a TV pilot. Guarantee you if Netflix had the show U as well as millions would have known.

      13. Tom M. May 29, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        I could barely watch the pilot, turned it off midway. They made Tallahassee too much of a buffoon, Wichita too much of bitch, and the kid too invisible. The only character that kind of fit was the lead but even then the writing killed it.

        It wasn’t the fans, it was the writing!!!

      14. Kat May 30, 2013 at 12:09 am

        BRING ZOMBIELAND TV SERIES TO NETFLIX ALREADY!!!!!!!

      15. Rupert Cornelius May 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        I’m not really a fan of sequels or spinoffs. 9.5 times out of 10 they feel exactly like the money making squeme they are. I wasn’t excited at the prospect of a sequel and equally underwhelmed by the idea of a show. I haven’t seen the pilot but from what I’ve heard it sounds like what I expected.

        The big thing that I think is crucial to appreciating the movie is the fact that those characters and big points of the stpry were written by the actors themselves. If you listen to the dvd commentary and read the script you will begin to understand how muh Reese didn’t have to do with the final product and that it was mostly the cast that deserves the credit.

        And Reese bitching about the pirated downloads is just ridiculous. It’s gonna happen whether you like it or not. And him blaming things on the fans is nothing short of childish.

      16. Ryan Venable May 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        Hell, I had never even heard of the tv show until today ( may 31, 2013 ) … and with all of the bitching and crying Reese has been doing, I will NEVER watch anything he is involved with again.

      17. 7out7Horror June 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        I enjoyed the Zombieland Pilot on Amazon Instant Video, it was good… As for Netflix, I hope that they will bring The Crossed into its Original Series fold…. That would be epic, and I believe Netflix will be the foundation to build off of.

      18. Ciaphas Cain June 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

        Didn’t even know there was a series before reading this article. Will have to see it and hope netflix picks it up.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur June 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

          More and more I am understanding why it did not do well. Seems i am not the only one who knew nothing about it.

      19. Ralph Dalessandro June 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        I found it on a torrent site when I was felling nostalgic for the movie.. then I see zombie land s01e01… season?! Episode?! Wtf we got here? I said to myself. Quick run at Imdb And I see it was legit. Even as I was downloading it I notice I’m not seeing a e02. This can’t be good. And noticed it said amazon in the downloads name. Amazon? Selling single TV episodes? Wtf.. after research I see they are making a run at the Netflix biz model.. now it starts to add p.. no 2nd episode. No viewers. No press release. No ads. No nothing. Wtf. Now hopefully Netflix picks this up. I thought the show was fucking good. The dude playing Tallahassee was way funnier then woody.. no offense. Tallahassee was played 2 different ways. Love the comedic way.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur June 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

          Why would you steal it when you can watch it on NETFLIX?

      20. ZombieFanatic July 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

        I could not agree with you more! Personally I’m a die-hard fan of anything involving zombies, and zombieland the movie was pure genius. I mean finally a zombie movie that has great makeup and is campy without ruining it’s serious moments. I think the show would find great success with netflix backing it. I do happen to be one of the people who was against the recasting of the movie characters but I still watched and enjoyed the pilot. I don’t think amazon should really be trusted with any tv series, they are essentially an online department store and I wouldn’t expect great entertainment or financial backing on a project like this from a department store. Netflix, however, specializes in entertainment and as you said they found an audience for hemlock grove, a super obscure out of no where idea of a show, they could most definitely do wonders with a zombieland series which is pretty much a sure thing for a cult classic. I sincerely hope you try contacting the shows creator with your idea because its a golden plan man.

      21. Troy donatto July 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        I thought it was awesome. Seriously I couldn’t wait for it. Hilarious to say the least. I hope someone else opens thier eyes