4:26pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Z Nation' Spinoff Starring Jaime King a Go at Netflix
Netflix is expanding the world of zombie drama Z Nation.
The streaming giant has handed out an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for Black Summer, a spinoff of the Syfy show for which it has streaming rights.
Black Summer stars Jaime King (Hart of Dixie) as a mother who is torn from her daughter and embarks upon a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most-deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.
Z Nation creator Karl Schaefer and the show's John Hyams co-created the spinoff, which, like the flagship, is produced by The Asylum. Schaefer and Hymans will serve as co-showrunners on the project.
Z Nation has been a steady hit for NBCUniversal-owned Syfy, which has first-run rights to the low-cost scripted original. The show will return for its fifth season this year. Netflix has streaming rights to the series, which was co-created by Schaefer and Craig Engler.
King, who counts The CW's Hart of Dixie, Gary Unmarried and Kitchen Confidential among her credits, is a newcomer to the Z Nation franchise. She is repped by Gersh, MPE and Myman Greenspan.
This is not the first time that Netflix landed an off-shoot of a series on another network. The streamer went straight to series on Sabrina, an off-shoot of Riverdale, after The CW drama became a breakout hit for Netflix.