Jaime King has landed a new role, and it’s a far cry from the four years she spent as Southern belle Lemon Breeland in Hart of Dixie. Netflix has ordered an eight-episode, straight-to-series run of Black Summer, an offshoot of the SyFy zombie drama Z Nation. And, as you’ve likely deduced, King is set to star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, King will play a mother who has been separated from her daughter. As any determined mother would, King's character sets off on a journey to find her child, intent on stopping at nothing until they are reunited.
Along the way, she comes across a small band of American refugees. There, in this new America, she faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles on her journey in what is hailed as the deadliest summer of a zombie apocalypse.
The spinoff is the brainchild of Z Nation creator Karl Schaefer and Z Nation director/producer John Hyams, who will act as co-showrunners on the new project.
The original Z Nation is still going strong, returning later this year for its fifth season.
Adding a spinoff to the franchise echoes the other major zombie apocalypse on television: The Walking Dead. However, that spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, has failed to capture the same fanfare as its predecessor. So, it will be interesting to see how Z Nation fans (and doomsayer fans in general) respond to Black Summer.
Casting King should certainly work in the show’s favor. Although King’s most memorable role in recent years has been Hart of Dixie, her movie career has included several horror roles, including My Bloody Valentine, They Wait and Silent Night.