Some of the promotional trailers for The CW’s iZombie have implied a comedic tone, whereas others have shown a bit of an action/sci-fi side.
So which is it? Comedy or sci-fi?
We spoke with actors Rahul Kohli and Robert Buckley at the Vancouver set of iZombie late last year to find out what we can look forward to. Rahul plays Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, Liv’s pal at the coroner’s office, and Rob plays Major Lilywhite, the love of Liv’s life until she started having a hunger for brains.
“There’s been a shift, I think,” Kohli says of how things are following the pilot. “The first one back [Episode 2] was, I’d say, and then the next one was quite intense, and it just flipped. But the humor in it – that runs through it the entire time. It’s got a dark humor. I think my character in particular tends to have some of those moments that are funny. There’s never an episode that’s just hugely hilarious, and we’re a complete situation comedy. It’s never that at all. There’s always that line through, but some episodes are far more intense and dark than others, depending on the bad guy stuff. Especially the stuff with Anders. That gets pretty nasty,” Rahul says.
According to Robert Buckley, the diversity in tone can also be attributed to the ensemble cast. “It’s not entirely just hinged upon the character of Liv. They have given these other characters lives. So even if what she’s going through is really traumatic and heavy, there’s still other things happening, so that if what she’s going through is crazy, maybe there’s a different character, Peyton or Major, [who] has something lighter going on. There’s always kind of a balance,” he promises.
iZombie premieres Tuesday, March 17 on The CW. Stay tuned for more interviews in the coming days!