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Syfy's Day Of The Dead Series Finally Gets A Premiere Date

Syfy will resurrect George A. Romero's "Day of the Dead" in a new live-action series scheduled to premiere on the cable channel this fall. The network announced in February 2020 it had ordered 10 episodes of the classic zombie tale straight to series, according to Deadline. Few other details were known until Syfy dropped the series trailer during San Diego Comic-Con@Home in July 2021 (per Syfy Wire)

According to Syfy Wire, the horror-comedy show will star Daniel Doheny, Keenan Tracey, Natalie Malaika, Mike Dopud, Kristy Dinsmore, and Morgan Holmstrom as a group of strangers banding together to survive the first 24 hours of a zombie apocalypse in a small town. The series is written by showrunners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff. One of its directors, Steven Kostanski, describes the show as a tribute to Romero's original 1985 film of the same title, but with a "'Red Dawn' vibe." Fans can expect the first episode to premiere as part of its "31 Days to Halloween" lineup, along with the much-anticipated "Chucky" TV series, based on the "Child's Play" series of films. 

The series will begin airing October 15

The first episode of Syfy's "Day of the Dead" will debut October 15 on the cable channel and promises to be an ode to George A. Romero's zombie universe. The show's trailer (posted on YouTube) appears to depict a normal day in the life of small town America, where some are preparing for a wedding while others attend a funeral when zombies rise from the grave and attack. Along with gruesome-looking undead and gory kills, the trailer hints that plenty of jokes will also be on tap. One character, seeing zombies attack wedding guests, remarks, "What a waste of 50,000 bucks."

Episodes of the series will also be available to stream online through the network's official website. "Day of the Dead" joins a new slate of film-to-horror series for Syfy, which will also debut "Chucky" on October 12. "Day of the Dead" is being produced by Cartel Entertainment, which is also behind the hit Shudder series "Creepshow," based Romero's 1982 movie of the same name.