Amazon’s Zombieland TV Series is D.O.A. (And It’s Probably All Your Fault)


Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh and Izabela Vidovic in ZOMBIELAND

This is interesting. As you’ll recall, Amazon recently launched a series of pilots that they premiered exclusively on their site for fans to watch for free, with the most highly-rated/watched shows getting a series order from the fledgling content provider. “Zombieland” was one such show.

Now, I thought the show had promise, but I didn’t think it was really that great. I thought it was okay, mind you, and if I had done a review of it, I would have said it was okay in that review. But here’s the thing: I was never really one of the movie’s biggest fans. Yes, I know, you kids love it, but I thought it was only okay.

Okay, so, what’s about the Amazon series? Well, it didn’t get picked up, unfortunately, so no “Zombieland” TV series for you!

Here’s Rhett Reese, one of the writers/creators of the “Zombieland” movie and the TV series making the announcement on Twitter:

Well that sucks for the folks who really loved the franchise and dug the series pilot.

So why didn’t the show bring in that fanbase the creators were counting on? Reese has a theory:

He’s got a point: if you’re a diehard “Zombieland” fan, why all the hate? I’m only a middling fan (an “okay” fan, if you will), and even I took the time to watch it. How many “diehard” fans out there didn’t even bother to watch it online for free?

Now, I could be wrong, but my guess is it was the lack of interest from viewers that made Amazon pass. I get the feeling Amazon would not have passed if lots of people watched the pilot and didn’t like it (and reviewed it as such), as long as people were watching the pilot. But hey, I could be wrong. Regardless, the result is the same:

The “Zombieland” TV series is D.O.A.

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  • RT2012

    I loved the movie but really did not like the pilot. The cast sucked the most in my opinion as it seems they didn’t get the characters well at all. Also watched a few other *free* pilots and didn’t like care for anything I saw.

  • Christopher Webster

    Has anyone bought into Amazon as a content provider yet? My theory is they are trying to compete with Netlix too early in their evolution as a business and if Zombieland were to have come out a couple years from now when more people had caught on it would have worked. Wong place, wrong time.

  • gomugomu

    It would have been better if they just had a new group of characters…

  • Jeremy A Moats

    I watched the pilot. It was merely ok. The script could have used some serious polish and the actors could have used better direction, but all in all, it was just bland and pointless.

  • Brian

    What’s the issue here? The whole purpose of putting the pilots online for people to see and judge was to help influence, not decide but influence a decision on what to pick up. That’s exactly what happened. People didn’t like the show and people didn’t want to see more of it, and people let everybody know that.

    They achieved exactly what they wanted it to do, unless they thought “Hey this is the greatest thing in TV history, if you don’t like it you’re wrong!”. Which I guess is possible.