8:18am PT by Kate Stanhope
Syfy Renews 'Z Nation' for Third Season
Syfy is planning a return trip to Z Nation.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed the zombie drama for a third season, Syfy announced Friday.
The channel has ordered 15 new episodes, which are slated to debut in 2016. The series is currently in the middle of its second season, averaging 1.5 million total viewers in live-plus-seven numbers.
The series, which takes place three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, hails from executive producer Karl Schaefer (Eureka). Z Nation is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.
Z Nation joins other original Syfy programs including 12 Monkeys, Bitten, Olympus, Dark Matter, Killjoys and Haven and Lost Girl, the latter two of which are heading into their final seasons. Syfy recently canceled several original programs including Defiance and Dominion as part of the network's returned focus to genre programming like the upcoming Childhood's End and The Expanse. Other upcoming projects include The Magicians, based on the Lev Grossman book series, and Hunters, from The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd.
Z Nation, which recently welcomed special guest star George R.R. Martin, airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on Syfy.