Having already renewed eight scripted series for next season, the CW just upped the number with a second-season pickup of midseason drama iZombie

The renewal was fully expected as the offbeat comic book adaptation was well received by critics and is well liked creatively by the network’s brass, who like the chance to be in business with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and believe in the breakout potential of star Rose McIver. While not a ratings powerhouse of the magnitude of freshman comic hit The Flash, iZombie has done a decent job in that department and sealed its renewal chances by holding up well when its lead-in, the aforementioned Flash, went into a repeat.

CW logoMcIver stars in iZombie as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out — until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains: She has taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories, and she begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping to solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.

Based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZombie is from Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, the series is executive produced by Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge.

iZombie now joins fellow renewed CW scripted series Arrow, The Flash, Jane The Virgin, Reign, Supernatural, The 100, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

The CW is yet to confirm the end of Hart Of Dixie and recent entry The Messengers, which just launched but has been doing too terribly to hold hopes for a second season.