When you hear what the CW's newest show iZombie is about, it's pretty difficult to find any resemblance whatsoever to the cult favorite show Veronica Mars.
"It's about a pre-med student who's a zombie," iZombie star Malcolm Goodwin tells E! News. "But a functioning zombie. She can talk, she can think, she can feel. But in order to maintain those faculties, she has to consume brains every once in a while. Instead of killing people like zombies do, she works at the coroner's office where she has access to brains of dead people."
Yeah, the similarities are definitely not so clear...until you realize that executive producer Rob Thomas is the mind behind both of the funny and dramatic shows.
Viewers will notice right away during iZombie's premiere that the tone, the attitude and the pacing is just like the Kristen Bell hit series. That same witty delivery, sarcastic voice-over and quick back-and-forth banter will leave Veronica Mars fans feeling nostalgic while also cementing iZombie as one of your new favorite shows. We guarantee it.
"In terms of having a case per week, solving crimes and finding out who's the bad guy, we have that same procedural element on our show," Goodwin says. "On top of the sci-fi action adventure!"
"We have that snappy dialogue as well that Veronica Mars fans will love," iZombie star Rahul Kohli adds. "There's humor."
Press play on the video above to watch our full interview with Goodwin and Kohli to find out who they're playing on the new CW show. (Hint: one is so the new Wallace.)
Rose McIver, the titular zombie herself, jokes that iZombie is Veronica Mars plus brains.
"That's how we stepped it up this time, just throw in some cerebellum!" McIver says. "I think Rob Thomas has a real knack, and [executive producer] Diane Ruggiero-Wright, for creating strong, female characters. I really like how Liv, we see her flaws, we see her as a very three-dimensional person, she has strength and tenacity. There are elements of Kristen Bell's character, Veronica Mars, in that sense."
Press play on the video above to watch our full interview with McIver, including scoop on her onscreen love interest.
iZombie premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the CW.