Animal Planet Sets Scripted Series

Animal Planet will develop zombie animal graphic novel The Other Dead into a scripted series, the network said Friday


The Other Dead, which follows the lives of post-storm Louisiana residents dealing with undead animals and unrelenting storms, will debut on the channel in 2016. The series is based on a graphic novel produced by IDW Publishing and created by Joshua Ortega (Star Wars, Spider-Man) and Digger Mesch (X-Men, Payday).

“This is an intriguing choice for Animal Planet as the network further branches out into different, dynamic genres,” says Rick Holzman, executive vice president and general manager of Animal Planet in a statement.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.