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Upcoming 'iZombie' series offers a refreshing twist on zombie TV

What do you get when you mix "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Veronica Mars," and add zombies? Rob Thomas' "iZombie" series.

The CW released the first trailer for its upcoming "iZombie" TV series on Sunday, and it looks like we're getting a fun, unique take on the traditional zombie show. Instead of zombies being just flesh- and brain-hungry death machines, "iZombie," which is loosely based on a DC Comics series of the same name, features a zombie who must eat brains to stay human. Or at least human-ish.

The show centers around Olivia "Liv" Moore (played by Rose McIver), a medical student who attends the wrong party and gets converted into a zombie.

In the world of "iZombie," zombies must maintain a steady diet of brains to keep their intelligence and human-like demeanor or they'll revert to the classic slow-moving, brain-hungry zombie mode. After being transformed, Liv takes a job at the morgue for steady access to dead-human brains, and finds that each time she takes a bite, she gains memories that she can use to help the detective and medical examiner solve how people were killed.

Based on an interview writer and executive producer Rob Thomas did with io9 back in August, "iZombie" will mix the gritty detective work of "Veronica Mars" with the entertaining monster-focused storylines that made "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" so good. "iZombie" is set to launch on The CW in the US on March 17, 2015, and I can't wait to beam it directly to my braaainsss.

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Not much just casually omnomnom-ing on some brains with my fancy chopsticks. Normal zombie stuff. Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET